Why gambling addiction among active-duty troops may pose national security risks

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is again pushing military officials to screen for gambling problems among active-duty troops, estimating that tens of thousands may be struggling with addiction and posing a potential national security risk.

On Tuesday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., reintroduced legislation mandating the Defense Department to develop new plans to monitor gambling problems in annual health and behavioral surveys, and put in place plans for new treatments to help individuals struggling with gambling addictions.

Companion legislation will be introduced by Rep. Suie Lee, D-Nev., in the House. It also requires an expansion of federal assistance programs for veterans struggling with gambling issues.

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