Gambling Problems Among Veterans

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About 8% of U.S. veterans are problem gamblers who report between one and four gambling-related problems, and an additional 2% are pathological gamblers with five or more such problems, a new study reveals. Dr. Joseph J. Westermeyer IV discusses the implications for physicians. See the related story at


"I've almost lost my home, my car, all of my savings are gone and I can't seem to stop myself."


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