Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are not able to effectively access health care through the variety of government programs created to provide them services, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine. Inconsistencies between the screening and treatment processes of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department, lengths of response times and limited availability of mental health specialists across the U.S. are among the access challenges cited in the report. Among the IOM's recommendations are eliminating sexual trauma among service members, creating interoperability between VA and DOD electronic health records and working to erase the stigma of receiving treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues.

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