The Walter Reed Army Institute estimates that 15-17 percent of returning military from the Global War on Terror will have significant mental health and substance use disorder issues. (Col. Charles Hoge, M.D., January, 2007, The American Journal of Psychiatry).
The needs of returning soldiers and their families are substantial. While increasing information is emerging on the impact of combat exposure on military service members, less is known regarding the impact of these experiences on deployed women and family members – particularly children. It is essential that efforts be made to expand our knowledge and that medical and mental health support services are put in place to respond to these needs.
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At a Glance: March 2012
Both Congress and the Obama Administration should continue to support programs for active duty military, returning military and their families. Congressional oversight hearings are continuing to ensure fidelity of implementation and accountability. APA’s priority issues include: suicide prevention, research, and women’s health.