Military Needs & Reintegration
Current studies have tended to focus on military service members only and on the their utilization of mental health services. Few studies have broadened the focus to include military family members and the experience of seeking support services in general and how it effects the family unit. This omission is unfortunate given the important role that families play in decisions.
Many family members and their military spouses report challenges in accessing services. Many state that they lacked a military advocate to help them navigate the system in their quest to establish services.
I believe it's our responsibility in knowing as many community resources as I can. I am new in this area and working on getting to know and work with a variety of community agencies and folks.
Military families can face a variety of issues that can include deployment issues, transitioning into different roles, single and multiple family members serving in the Armed Forces, mental health issues, substance use issues, change of MOS/AFSC/Rating stressors.
Service members themselves face a range of challenges in reintegrating to civilian life including a wide range of difficulties: conflicts about reintegration, problems with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or depression, chronic injury, substance abuse, infidelity, insomnia and personal and social challenges associated with rejoining civilian life. Successful reintegration into civilian life stem from community involvement, access to resources, and support from peers.