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Veterans struggle to find mental health care

The Veterans Administration opened its first primary care and mental health clinic in Portland in 2011.
The Veterans Administration opened its first primary care and mental health clinic in Portland in 2011. Photo: John Ewing / Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

About half of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't getting the mental health care they need, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences.

Why this matters: This is a huge problem that's going to be difficult and time-consuming to solve. But the care is crucial: in 2014, veterans' suicide rate was 22% higher than that of non-veterans.