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July 22, 2010

Military Discharges Mental Health Issues, PTSD, TBI

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Full Article at: Mental illness costing military soldiers

The number of Army soldiers discharged for mental health reasons jumped 64% from 2005 to 2009.
Source: U.S. Army

By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY
The number of soldiers forced to leave the Army solely because of a mental disorder has increased by 64% since 2005 and accounts for one in nine medical discharges, according to Army statistics.

Last year, 1,224 soldiers with a mental illness, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, received a medical discharge. That was an increase from 745 soldiers in 2005 or about 7% of medical discharges that year, according to personnel statistics provided to USA TODAY.

The trend matches other recent indicators that show a growing emotional toll on a military that has been fighting for years in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army and veterans advocates say.

“These numbers really just validate the mental health communities’ concern about multiple deployments,” says Adrian Atizado, who specializes in health issues as assistant national legislative director for Disabled American Veterans. “Mind and body are both taking a beating.”

Soldiers discharged for having both a mental and a physical disability increased 174% during the past five years from 1,397 in 2005 to 3,831 in 2009, according to the statistics.”

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