Serving Royal Navy reserve and Conservative MP Andrew Murrison recently conducted a report looking into the mental health of Iraq veterans.
The report was commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron after research showed that one in four Iraq veterans suffered mental health disorders and one in 20 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Among the recommendations to improve support for ex-armed forces were better screening and new networks of voluntary support. Ministers are expected to accept all recommendations but the introduction of 30 nurses and free telephone counselling are to be introduced immediately.
Mr Murrison has said he believes the levels of suicide among veterans is unacceptable and a matter a national shame and should become a priority for the Government.
Mental health charity Combat Stress has reported receiving 1,250 new referrals in the last year, a figure which has risen by two thirds since 2005 but is still only thought to represent a fraction of the cases.
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