Military marches toward mental health

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He was injured during two tours, in 2004 and 2005. The ideal, he says, is to implement open attitudes in both the Reserves and the National Guard “to reduce the stigma associated with soldiers coming forward. We want them to come forward early, before problems are even greater.”

Once he had done so, he recalls, “it was an epiphany for me. When I explained what I went through, I suddenly had soldiers of all ranks stick up their hands and tell their own story. It made me realize how sharing my own experience helped them. [Gen. Sutton] said that is exactly what we are looking for on a grander scale.”

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