Combat's Hidden Toll: 1 in 10 Soldiers Report Mental Health Problems

"At least the military is acknowledging the problem and they're tracking the problem," said Hibbard.

But she also said they fall short in one major area.

"They are not aggressively treating. We need more aggressive long-term treatment," she added.

But Romine said that while the system is still evolving, many National Guard soldiers can get the treatment they need through TRICARE Reserve Select, a low-cost insurance plan.

As far as counseling or therapy sessions are concerned, "it's usually limited to 16 visits. They are then reassessed and if there's a need, they may be able to continue with it. It's open-ended," he said.

They can also call Military OneSource and anonymously speak with an experienced counselor.

"If there's not an acute need for them to go to the hospital, they're set up with somebody in their community at no cost for up to 11 sessions," Romine said.

But Daniel Hutchison, the former National Guard combat medic said he relies on assistance from Vet Centers, offices that provide counseling and other resources to veterans. They are funded by the government and staffed by former veterans.

Despite the progress he's made with the help of his local Vet Center, he still thinks the government is acting too slowly.

"They're putting a lot of their focus on suicide briefings – once you get to a point where you get suicidal, you call this number," he said.

He wants more education on PTSD so soldiers know what they're going through and can get the help they need.

That's something military leaders are taking seriously.

"Our senior leadership acknowledges that there's fixing to be done," said Romine.

And that puts Hutchison's mind at ease.

"Last year, we lost more troops on U.S. soil to suicide than we lost in combat."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 10850315.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Sabrina Allen is shown in this photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
PHOTO: Adam Sandler arrives at the premiere of Men, Women & Children at The Directors Guild of America, Sept. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Photo
Lovable Panda Triplets Get Named
ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
PHOTO: Video recorded Sept. 21, 2014 in Okanogan County, Wash. shows a black bear scratching its back against a tree.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife