"We're gearing ourselves up now and preparing ourselves to meet whatever the need is, but clearly this is something that could not be planned for," said Dr. Alfonso Batres, a psychologist who heads the VA's national office of readjustment counseling services. Last year , 1,100 troops who had fought in Iraq or Afghanistan came to VA clinics seeking help for symptoms of depression or post-traumatic stress; this year , the number grew tenfold [to more than 10,000]. In all, 23% of Iraq veterans treated at VA facilities have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. "And this is first-year data," Batres said. "Our experience is that over time that will increase."
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