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Since 2001, more than 2.2 million service members have been deployed in support of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although most have coped well with deployment-related stresses, the high operational tempo of the past decade, longer deployments, and frequent redeployments have resulted in significant psychological health problems among service members and their families. To meet the growing need for services to support psychological health and care for traumatic brain injury TBI, a wide range of programs have been developed and implemented throughout the Department of Defense DoD to prevent mental health problems, improve troops resilience, identify service members experiencing problems and refer them to care, and coordinate or improve mental health services Weinick et al., 2011. The need for such services is likely to continue despite the drawdown of military activity in Iraq and drawdown of troops in Afghanistan in 2011, since symptoms may emerge or persist for lengthy periods of time.
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