The military is dealing with a crisis of mental health among its servicemembers.
As many as 10% of those deployed to Afghanistan are believed to be suffering from PTSD, according to a report by the American Psychological Association.
The problem is particularly acute among young men who are deployed to combat.
According to a 2014 survey by the National Defense Institute, one-third of the military’s members aged 18 to 29 reported experiencing PTSD.
One in five veterans surveyed said they were at least mildly concerned about the threat they and their families faced due to their service.
And just two years ago, the Department of Defense reported a nearly 10% increase in suicides among those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The military has responded by creating new services for soldiers who need it most.
There are special programs for veterans, and there are mental health services in a handful of military installations.
But it’s not clear whether these programs are being used in a way that’s actually serving the military.
One service member who spoke with The Daily Beast said that while he was deployed to Iraq, his mental health was never treated in the way it should have been.
He was sent home to get some help.
When he returned home, he told his wife he had PTSD.
The wife was concerned, and told him she could help him get better.
But that’s when the stress took over.
“He was like, ‘Mom, I’m a bad guy, you know what I’m saying?
And you’re going to kill me.'”
This story is part of a special, daily VICE News report, The Mental Health Crisis in the Military.