Apologies if this is elsewhere - checked Int Cell, News & charities and couldn't find it: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=26962007
The Scotsman: Soldiers with war trauma illness rely on charities for treatment
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SCOTTISH war veterans with psychiatric disorders are having to turn to charities for treatment or wait up to two years for help on the NHS, according to support groups.
Former service personnel are suffering psychological trauma after harrowing tours in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as figures reveal a 22 per cent rise in referrals.
Statistics show that 108 servicemen in Scotland have sought help for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the past year, leaving charities struggling to cope.
Combat Stress, a charity which runs an Ayrshire treatment centre for ex-servicemen, has more than 1,000 veterans receiving counselling - ten of whom served in Iraq.
Last night Larry Cammock, chairman of the Gulf Veterans' Association, said many servicemen had committed suicide because they had not received the specialist help they needed. ...