U.S. Army soldiers from K Troop, Third Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment, patrol in Mosul, Iraq Tuesday, March 25, 2008. The northern city is considered by the U.S. military as the last urban stronghold for al-Qaida in Iraq. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
The Pentagon is urging troops to get psychiatric counseling for wartime mental health problems, saying it will not be used to deny them security clearances for sensitive jobs.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a new policy today under which troops will no longer have to reveal previous mental health treatment unless it was court-ordered or involved violence.
He spoke to reporters after he visited with patients at a new center at Fort Bliss, Texas, that is designed to treat soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder.