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Durbin says US unprepared for lingering military mental health challenges

WASHINGTON --The Army's mental health caseload has doubled since 2007, and Sen. Dick Durbin says the United States is not "up to that challenge" that "may be with us for some time." "What we are learning," the Illinois Democrat said in an interview, "is that the cost of war goes way beyond the end of conflict." The mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texasthis month, in which Army Spc. Ivan Lopez killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 others before taking his own life, brought back into focus the mental health strains on soldiers, sailors and Marines in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lopez had served in Iraq and had sought treatment for post-traumatic stress, the base commander told ...

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