As military spouse with three children and a clinical psychologist who works at a military hospital, military family issues are ever-present in my mind and on my heart. So, when I read about the Military Family Stability Act of 2015, my interest was naturally piqued. The Military Family Stability Act of 2015 was introduced to Congress by Senators Blunt (Mo.), Gillibrand (NY), Hirono (HI), and Burr (NC) as a bill “…to provide a period for the relocation of spouses and dependents of certain members of the Armed Forces undergoing a permanent change of station in order to ease and facilitate the relocation of military families.” By adding greater flexibility in key aspects of permanent change of station (PCS) moves, changes introduced by the bill would ideally mitigate some of the negative effects of relocation on military families. While the fate of this bill remains unknown, the content provides excellent material for some important conversations about military family life.
Blog posts with the tag "Military Culture"
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon in southern California, I walked into my Air Force recruiter’s office and said, “I need to pull out of the application process.” I had spent the last three months meeting with my recruiter, filling out forms, gathering letters of recommendations, and preparing for the next steps.
In today's blog entry, Dr. Jenna Ermold discusses some of the potential missteps behavioral health provides may make when treating military-connected clients. Many of these examples come directly from Service members, Veterans and their families, who were interviewed while creating the "Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals" online course. Click below to check it out!
There are many books on and about war, but in "Redeployment" Phil Klay has managed to write not just about the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to depict the depth and complexities of the human experience impacted by war, both in the combat zone and on the homefront. Engaging, intense, and humorous, this creative collection of short stories is sure to become a classic.
I recently watched a very powerful video by famed author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, entitled “Why veterans miss war”. As part of the TED Talk series, he discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and what he learned about the soldiers he spent time alongside.