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Mental Health Leading Cause of Military Hospital Stays


Gregg Zoroya and Meghan Hoyer, USA TODAY 7:19 p.m. EDT September 25, 2013

Post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other mental illnesses accounted for more days spent by troops in the hospital than any other medical condition in the military in 2012, including war wounds, injuries and illness, according to Pentagon data.

The numbers show how years of exposure to combat trauma created a core of servicemembers with severe mental health problems — about 20,000 last year — who accounted for more lost workdays than those with any other health issue.

To read more of the USA TODAY Article by Gregg Zoroya and Meghan Hoyer,  go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/25/hospitalization-troops-record-army-ptsd-patients/2868421/

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