• Public Grossly Overestimates Propensity for Veterans to Experience Mental Health Issues0

    The misperception held by a significant portion of the public that more than half of veterans who have served since 9/11 suffer from mental health problems is hampering veterans’ prospects of successfully transitioning into civilian life, according to veterans advocates. A study conducted by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative revealed that about 40 percent of 1,000 surveyed adults believe more than half of the 2.8 million veterans who have served since 2001 have a mental health condition. The actual figure lies somewhere between 10 percent and 20 percent, according to a Rand Corp. estimate, reported Military Times. The survey also found that 80 percent of veterans say embarrassment or shame is a barrier to seeking treatment for traumatic brain injury or combat-related mental health conditions …

  • Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies

    Reserve Personnel Need Greater Support, Army Enlisted Chief Testifies0

    The Army needs to improve its efforts to ensure soldiers in the National Guard and Reserve have access to quality-of-life services, particularly mental health care, Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey told lawmakers last week. The Army has expanded the availability of behavioral health teams to unprecedented levels, he said, and now there are 58 such teams embedded down to the unit level. But for reserve personnel, that’s not enough, Daily said during a hearing of the House Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee. “We can do more,” Daily said, reported the Army News Service. “And where you can help us is getting that help out to the National Guard and Reserves. They are dispersed throughout the U.S. …

  • Veterans Return to Civilian Life Unprepared, Survey Shows0

    A majority of service members leave the military facing a variety of unmet needs resulting in a difficult transition to civilian life, according to a new University of Southern California study of veterans living in Los Angeles County. “The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Veterans Study,” by the USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families, found that more than two-thirds of more than 1,350 veterans surveyed reported difficulties adjusting to civilian life, with 69 percent of post-9/11 veterans indicating they needed time to figure out what they would do after the military. One overarching finding is that veterans’ needs cannot be met by a single organization …

  • Moves Pose Mental Health Risks for Military Kids, Study Shows0

    Moving to a new town or city poses significant challenges for the mental health of children in military families, especially for teenagers, according to a new study. The researchers looked at the medical records of 548,336 children between ages 6 and 17 with at least one parent in the military; almost 25 percent of the children moved during the past year …

  • Database Confirms Concentration of Veterans with PTSD in Defense Communities0

    Defense communities have always considered themselves a popular choice for separating service members looking for a place to settle down, or at least jump start their civilian lives. A new analysis of Veterans Affairs data shows that military communities also have the highest number of veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a conclusion that, while hardly surprising, should alert local officials to the importance of ensuring there is a sufficient amount of mental health services available in their communities …

  • Ft. Hood Tragedy Points toward New Mission for Military, Obama Says0

    As President Obama on Wednesday eulogized the three soldiers killed in last week’s shooting at Fort Hood, his remarks signaled a change in focus for the military from a decade-plus of war in Iraq and Afghanistan to a battle to cope with its lasting consequences for those who fought there, reported the Washington Post. “We must honor these men by doing more to care for our fellow Americans living with mental illness, civilian and military …