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Toolkit helps answer servicemembers' health care questions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) -- One in five servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from major depression or post traumatic stress disorder, according to officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

To help servicemembers affected by a behavioral or other health condition, Tricare officials created the Toolkit for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers.

The toolkit is located at www.tricare.mil/wii and it's a good resource for wounded servicemembers seeking information about health care.

In the toolkit, servicemembers can find information explaining Medicare eligibility for wounded servicemembers and an explanation of how Tricare and Medicare work together to reduce a servicemember's out-of-pocket costs. There are also news releases with the latest information on new programs and changes in care and a link to the Mental Health Resource Center. The Mental Health Resource Center provides confidential access to mental health resources for servicemembers and their loved ones.

The Toolkit also features a widget, an embeddable link directing people back to the Toolkit Web site. Visitors can download the widget and install it on their own Web site, to help spread the word about the wounded, ill and injured toolkit to others who can benefit from its resources.

For more information about Tricare's behavioral health care resources, go to www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth.