Hidden Scars of Battle

A new study shows that 1 in 6 Iraq veterans has psychological damage--and the toll could get worse

The operation Iraqi freedom group meets on Wednesdays at a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Los Angeles. Veterans find their way to the 90-min. group-therapy sessions in a variety of ways, most of them slow and circuitous. "Often the parents call and say you've got to get them in," says clinical social worker Leslie Martin. "Some are married, and their wives make them come." Others are referred by VA doctors after a checkup detects signs of psychological distress.

Just getting vets to come in for help can be the toughest part of the job for Martin, who heads the VA's...

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