Alcohol and drug abuse to blame for War veterans arrests scandal
"There are anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 ex-services personnel either in jail or on community supervision. The vast majority have depression or mental health problems masked by excessive alcohol or drugs."
Many of the alleged offences in the Kent study involved domestic violence aggravated by alcohol. A fifth were detained for burglary, shoplifting or drug offences.
Experts say many suffer from post traumatic stress but are too proud to seek help.
Mp Elfyn Llwyd, chair of the Justice Unions Parliamentary Group, said: "More help needs to be available as a matter of course both during and after active combat."
"If they are willing to risk their lives in the service of their country they deserve every bit of help to ensure they do not end up being forgotten, on the street or in prison.