Military Family Mental Health Visits have Grown 15% a Year Since 2001
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Repeated deployments of American soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll not only on the troops themselves but also their families, according to the Department of Defense.
Information disclosed by the Pentagon to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee revealed that visits by family members of active-duty military personnel to therapists have increased at a compound annual growth rate of 15% over the past 10 years.
Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said the increase was due in large part to “the stresses of repeated deployments.”
The one good thing to take away from the mental health news, says Alan Peterson, a retired Air Force psychologist now at the University of Texas Health Science Center, is that the numbers show military families are beginning to get over the stigma of seeing a therapist.
An investigation by Nextgov has shown that so many troops are returning from combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq (20-30%) that the Army is unable to keep track of the records of all those who are suffering.
Mental Health Treatment for Military Family Members Has Grown 15 Percent Annually Since 2001 (by Bob Brewin, NextGov)
Army Can’t Track Mental Health Records of Deployed Soldiers (by Bob Brewin, NextGov)
Letter to Senator Carl Levin (Department of Defense) (pdf)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Obama Whistleblower Program Requires Whistleblowers to Register to be Protected
- IRS Gave Arizona Non-Profit Tax Exempt Status despite Record Campaign Money-Laundering Disclosure
- U.S. Lost 30% of its Paid Journalists in 6 Years
- Affordable Rent Slips out of Reach for Majority of Renters
- Supreme Court to Decide if Campaign Lies are Protected Free Speech