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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Opinion: Vets Need Enhanced PTSD Screening and Outreach

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"Twenty-one percent of Fort Lewis soldiers recently returned from Iraq were deemed 'at risk' for post-traumatic stress disorder. Between 15 percent and 17 percent of all combat troops returning from Afghanistan or Iraq suffer from depression, anxiety or PTSD.

These brave men and women fight for our freedoms and we should support their mental health needs. Unfortunately, our national veterans outreach relies on unclear criteria for mental health referrals and on veterans seeking treatment on their own. Enhanced mental health screenings and outreach would help veterans get needed support."

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