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Broken Warriors

This is an ongoing series on mental health issues in the military.

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.

-- Military's drug policy threatens troops' health, doctors say.

-- Pre-deployment health screening reduces behavioral problems, study shows

-- IG says up to 35 percent of WTU soldiers have prescription drug abuse problems

-- CENTCOM defends unapproved-use of Seroquel as a sleep aid

-- Mental health treatment for military family members has grown 15 percent annually since 2001

-- Army can't track mental health records of deployed soldiers

-- Battlefield brain-injury assessment tool has high failure rate

-- Half the Afghanistan and Iraq veterans treated by VA receive mental health care

-- Mental health is No. 1 reason women troops are medically evacuated, report finds

-- Judge orders VA to reform mental health care, cites 'unchecked incompetence'

-- Army reports significant jump in stress levels for combat troops

-- Defense panel backs individual use of multiple psychotropic drugs, yet can't track their impact

-- VA spent $717 million on a drug deemed as effective as a placebo

-- VA awards new contract for debunked PTSD drug

-- Military continues off-label drug use, despite concerns

-- Inability to track prescriptions adds to Marine drug abuse problem, IG finds

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