More than 100 military bases took part in National Alcohol Screening Day last week, as the Department of Defense (DOD) seeks to cut down on binge drinking and other alcohol problems among soldiers.
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Untreated post-traumatic stress disorder among returning Vietnam veterans led to a surge in heroin use and overflowing mental-health facilities. Now, some worry about similar blowback from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
At Warren Air Force Base, a marketing campaign stressing moderation and responsibility in alcohol use has shown positive results and may become a widely spread strategy.
Military doctors, as well as veterans' advocates, said that as many as 100,000 soldiers returning from Iraq will need mental-health treatment as a result of the stress and carnage of war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opened the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Israel's military medical corps and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will begin using THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, to treat combat stress suffered by soldiers.
Anchorage, Alaska, has launched a special Veterans Court designed to direct military veterans with behavioral problems into a comprehensive rehabilitation program managed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Weeks before prison mistreatment was uncovered at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, military officials were working to stem reported alcohol misuse at the facility.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that calls for U.S. troops to help guard the country's borders with Canada and Mexico against drug traffickers, terrorists, and illegal aliens.
School officials and the Pentagon report an increase in behavioral problems, failing grades, and dropout rates among children of American soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.