United States Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Tuesday introduced the bipartisan Gambling Addiction Prevention Act.  The legislation would require the Department of Defense to begin tracking gambling disorder in its health assessments and instructs the DOD to develop policies and programs to prevent and treat gambling problems among our servicemembers. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, an estimated 56,000 active duty servicemembers may meet the criteria for gambling disorder. A 2017 study by the Government Accountability Office , found that despite having over 3,000 slot machines on military installations across the world, the Department Of Defense does not systematically screen military personnel for gambling disorder. The legislation is endorsed by the National Council on Problem Gambling, Association of Problem Gambling Administrators, National Center for Responsible Gaming, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, and Montana Council on Problem Gambling.

 

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