Joint Chiefs Head Calls for Wider PTSD Screening

Post Traumatic Stress a 'bigger problem than we realize,' says chief
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2008 4:03 AM CDT
US Admiral Mike Mullen Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is calling for all returning combat vets, including generals, to be screened for mental health problems.   (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier.)
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(Newser) – Every member of the US military should undergo screening for post-traumatic stress disorder upon returning from combat in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has recommended. As many as 1 of every 5 returning combat vets suffers from mental health problems, USA Today reports. "I think it's a bigger problem than we know," said Michael Mullen, an admiral whose post gives him authority over all four service branches.

"I'm at a point where I believe we have to give a mental health screening to everybody to help remove the stigma of raising your hand," Mullen said.