Thursday, July 12, 2007
Pentagon Wants to See Better Mental Health Assessments for our Military
The Sun Herald reports that 95 recommendations were made by a task force in order to improve mental health assessment and treatment, including a "buddy system" recommendation that has soldiers watching out for each other's possible symptoms while deployed. "About 38 percent of soldiers and 31 percent of Marines report psychological conditions such as brain injury and PTSD after returning from deployment. Among members of the National Guard, the figure is much higher - 49 percent - with numbers expected to grow because of repeated and extended deployments."