Fact Sheet Examines Issues in Providing Mental Health/Addictions Services to Soldiers and Veterans

by Rebecca Farley on September 14, 2010

The National Council has released a fact sheet detailing the major issues facing active-duty soldiers, veterans, and their families in seeking mental health and addictions services.

As of December 2009, over 2,000,000 U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since September 11, 2001.   Among the U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines, and half of the National Guard members report symptoms of psychological problems. Thirty-one percent of all Army soldiers and other military personnel who have experienced heavy combat in Iraq and Afghanistan also have at least one mental or psychosocial disorder. Problems facing returning soldiers include anxiety, depression, and PTSD in addition to substance abuse, TBI, family violence, and grief or bereavement.

Our new fact sheet examines coverage options available to members of the armed forces and their families, along with the mental health/addictions benefits under each option. The fact sheet also supplies information on how to contract with the Veterans Administration or TriCare to provide services for members of the military.

For additional resources on veterans and mental health, see the Veterans page of our website and the Veterans issue of National Council Magazine.

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