AP: July 7, 2009 13:43 EST
By KIMBERLY HEFLING
"Children of U.S. military troops sought outpatient mental health care 2 million times last year, and there was also an alarming spike in the number of military kids actually hospitalized for mental health reasons. Internal Pentagon documents show the increases, which come as the services struggle with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a shortage of therapists. From 2007 to 2008, some 20 percent more children of active duty troops were hospitalized for mental health services, the documents show. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, inpatient visits among military children have increased 50 percent."