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Wars lessons being applied to ease combat stress
Marine combat units stay together after deployments to ease combat stress
By The Associated Press

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) ' The military is addressing the emotional toll of war more than ever before by introducing programs including one that keeps Marine units together for 90 days after they return from the battlefield.

The renewed emphasis on mental health programs come as tens of thousands adjust to post-war life with the end of the conflict in Iraq and the winding down of the Afghanistan war. It also comes amid debate over whether enough is being done for veterans, some of whom have been accused of violent crimes, including murder.

The Department of Justice says veterans are no more likely to commit such crimes than the general population.

But military officials say efforts like keeping troops together to decompress can ease their trauma and prevent problems later.


Associated Press writer Kevin Freking in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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