The percentage of respondents to the just-released Blue Star 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey (large PDF) who indicated changes to retirement benefits as their top military family life concern. In second place? Pay and benefits, which 20% of the respondents identified as a top issue.
These two items far surpassed any others as key concerns for military families. Tied for third place? 7% said effect of deployment on childrenand another 7% chose OPTEMPO. Spouse employment/education and PTSD/TBI were tied for fourth place, with 6% of respondents indicating these as top concerns.
The fact that pay and benefits issues were named as top concerns should suprise no one. These are basic pocketbook issues that affect just about everyone, whether military member or civilian. As for PTSD/TBI, Clinicians should note the following:
Six percent of respondents listed PTS/TBI/Combat Stress as their top military family life issue. Three percent of respondents reported that their service member had been diagnosed with TBI while eleven percent reported that their service member was diagnosed with PTS. However, twentysix percent reported that, regardless of diagnosis, their service member had exhibited symptoms of PTS. Of those who reported that their service member had exhibited symptoms of PTS, sixty-two percent had not sought treatment.