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Too Much Family Support?

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  • May 1, 2011
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While service members and their families face a number of unmet needs, sometimes families are “overwhelmed with support,” hampering their ability to take advantage of available resources, reported American Forces Press Service.

“There’s so much information … and where do you find it?” asked Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler last week at the 2011 Family Resilience Conference. The issue underscores the need for an easily navigable clearinghouse families can use, Chandler said.

Military families are confronted with a variety of pressing challenges, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Carlton Kent said in response to a question from an audience member. The list includes concerns about the impact of pos-traumatic stress on military personnel and their families, quality child care and education, spousal employment and difficulties finding doctors off-base who accept the military’s TRICARE health care program.

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