In the midst of two long wars, the military is facing enormous challenges at home. In this series, Nextgov examines the mental health consequences for troops and their families after nearly a decade of repeated deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
December 4 Gen. Martin Dempsey promises to visit a Vet Court on his next domestic trip.
August 22 The Congressional Research Service says the annual treatment costs doubled between 2007 and 2012.
August 8 Lack of staff and months-long searches for medical records contributed to the problem.
July 3 Long-term TBI study mandated by Congress has been unfunded since 2006.
April 24 Veterans of those conflicts could require long-term care, according to Defense health surveillance report.
March 18 Benzodiazepines can increase rather than reduce fear, worsening recovery.
March 11 Long wait can exacerbate PTSD symptoms, Army IG finds.
December 10, 2012 Mental disorders accounted for 63 percent increase in hospital visits during 11 years of war.
August 16, 2012 Defense Department is coping with a surge of drug and alcohol addiction.
August 15, 2012 The military insurance program covers 20-day inpatient rehabilitation at contract facilities.
August 14, 2012 Congress ordered Defense to treat drug and alcohol abuse ‘epidemic’ at military facilities.
July 18, 2012 Defense officials concede their description of the software was inaccurate.
July 17, 2012 Not everyone is getting the help they need, Institute of Medicine report says.
May 17, 2012 Defense and VA spent nearly $2 billion on psychotropic drugs during the past decade.
April 25, 2012 Benzodiazepines, which include Xanax and Valium, could increase aggravate combat stress symptoms.
April 11, 2012 The Defense electronic health record system won't be able to pinpoint abuse until 2014.
December 22, 2011
September 28, 2011 Defense Department's inability to track prescriptions compounds the difficulty of measuring adverse medical effects.
August 25, 2011
August 22, 2011 Studies raise questions about widespread use and high cost of anti-psychotic drugs to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.