House Panel Reviews Military, VA Mental Health Programs
FRA staff attended a recent
meeting of the Congressional Military Mental Health and Suicide
Prevention Caucus to discuss current mental health programs. Experts
from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Veterans Administration spoke about
the ongoing mental health crisis in the military and what is being done
to address it. The bipartisan caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Tim
In related news the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) for April 2012 indicated that the single biggest diagnosis category for which active duty service members are hospitalized is mental disorders (21.9%). In 2011 there were more hospitalizations for mental disorders than any other category (14.9%), which was an increase over 2007 (10.1%) and 2009 (10.4 %). FRA has repeatedly highlighted this issue in testimony and in discussions with legislators and their staff.