That "increasingly high operational tempo" may be adding stress to the lives of service members, regardless of whether they land in Iraq or Afghanistan, Morash said.
Yehuda said the findings highlight the need to screen service members, deployed or not, for depression and drinking problems. She also said that vets should not be afraid to seek help.
"It's not unusual for people to think, 'I can get better on my own,'" Yehuda noted.
Morash agreed that it's important for veterans to reach out for help when they need it. "There are resources out there," he said. For example, the Department of Veterans Affairs and community groups such as Services for the UnderServed have programs that connect vets with other vets who serve as "peer mentors."
"You can talk to another veteran who understands what you're going through," Morash said. "I think that ability to reach out and connect with other vets is key."
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has more on mental health resources.
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