The House Armed Services Committee met behind closed doors and heard 10 hours of testimony Monday. Social workers say their caseloads are triple what they should be, and miliatry spouses talked about frustration when trying to get help. They encourage punishment for soldiers, not counseling.
Lawmakers say they want change as well.
"What we have to do is put in place thresholds or stated requests on the military to establish liaisons and protocols when the military community works with the outside communities involved," said Rep. John McHugh, (R)-New York.
The committee is expected to issue a full report in the coming days.