Combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, mental health problems and barriers to care.

  title={Combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, mental health problems and barriers to care.},
  author={Charles William Hoge and Carl Andrew Castro and Stephen Craig Messer and Dennis McGurk and Dave I. Cotting and Robert L. Koffman},
  journal={U.S. Army Medical Department journal},
  • C. Hoge, C. Castro, R. Koffman
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Medicine, Psychology, Political Science
  • U.S. Army Medical Department journal
BACKGROUND The current combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have involved US military personnel in major ground combat and hazardous security duty. Studies are needed to systematically assess the mental health of members of the armed services who have participated in these operations and to inform policy with regard to the optimal delivery of mental health care to returning veterans. METHODS We studied members of 4 US combat infantry units (3 Army units and a Marine Corps unit) using an… 

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