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By Andrew Tilghman - Staff writer
Posted: Thursday Apr 7, 2011

The military’s top doctors faced heated questions on Capitol Hill about whether there are enough mental health professionals to meet the soaring demand from troubled troops. 

“Do you feel you have adequate mental health personnel?” asked Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., at an April 6 hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel. 

Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general, acknowledged that the military would prefer to have more, but cited an overall lack of mental health professionals nationwide as a key challenge. “I think the nation is facing problems. As a microcosm of the nation, we have problems,” Schoomaker said.