Military recruits often are encouraged not to report mental illness before, during or after their service in the armed forces, said local veterans Tuesday.

At a roundtable meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, veteran service group leaders and local veterans said high suicide rates in the military could be a direct result of poor access to mental health care.

At a meeting conducted at the PACCAR Medical Education Center at Adena Regional Medical Center, those in attendance said mental illnesses go unreported from the time a civilian speaks with a recruiting officer.

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