Journalists Document Military Mental-Health Failings

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Journalists Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant have been awarded the George Polk Award for their series from May on flaws in the military's mental health system: Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight.

Their reporting found that troops sent on deployment are, for the most part, not getting mental health evaluations, even though they are mandated by Congress.

Chedekel and Kauffman reported that the military is relying on psychotropic medications to keep service members in combat, and that soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are being sent back into battle for multiple tours of duty.



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