Almost a million troops who served in Afghanistan or Iraq have been diagnosed with at least one psychological disorder either during or after deployment; almost half of these members had multiple disorders, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released Thursday.
The report, Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families, called on the Defense Department to improve approaches for identifying and intervening with service members who may already have or may be at risk for developing a psychological disorder.
The report acknowledged the burden borne by families who lived through multiple deployments and said Defense needs a more coordinated, comprehensive and systematic approach to support prevention programs for military spouses, partners and children across the lifecycle of military service.
Spouses and kids – from my experience – know all too well that war, indeed, can cause hell on the home front.
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