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Portman calls for military mental health screenings
Portman introduces bill to screen recruits and outgoing service members for mental health issues 

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has introduced a bill to require a mental health assessment before someone enlists or is commissioned in the military.

The bill comes a week after a soldier, Ivan Lopez, opened fire on the Ft. Hood military base, killing three and wounding 16 others before killing himself. Portman says his Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members Act is a more comprehensive approach to evaluating those entering and exiting the armed forces.

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“It would be instituting new mental health assessments for both incoming recruits and service members who a separating from active duty. And I like the screening requirement because that’s going to give us a baseline for future mental health assessments.”

Portman says he believes this is a way to bring together some of the best research and ideas towards an all-inclusive method to improve mental health.
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