Since President Obama declared November 2013 to be Military Families Month, it seemed appropriate to write about military families. My professional interest in military families began when I married my active duty Navy husband in 2005. When I did my first literature review on military families, I was quite surprised by the size of the body of literature, much of which was quite outdated. While the research literature on military families and children is still limited, it has grown significantly since then.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
In October 2009, the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) conducted a joint Mental Health Summit that brought together behavioral health experts and leaders from both departments with the goal of developing a strategy that would facilitate coordination for the delivery of mental health services.
CDP's Dr. Augusto Ruiz talks with Dr. Marvin Podd, Navy Internship Training Director at Walter Reed National Medical Center. In this clip they discuss some of Dr. Podd's best takeaways from his many years at Walter Reed.
I recently sat down with Dr. Alan Peterson, Consortium Director of STRONG STAR (South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies on Trauma and Resilience), a multi-disciplinary, multi-site research consortium funded by the DoD and VA, to learn a little bit more about their current research projects. Dr. Peterson is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, a board-certified clinical health psychologist, and proposed STRONG STAR over five years ago to address the dearth of military-specific trauma research.
In a 2011 research article by Kent Drescher, et al titled “An Exploration of the Viability and Usefulness of the Construct of Moral Injury in War Veterans,” there was universal agreement among the subject matter experts interviewed that the concept of “moral injury” is needed to describe and discuss the complex range of consequences of combat. Moral injury arises when a Service member cannot reconcile what he or she has done or experienced in war with his worldview of him or herself prior to war. Commonly this involves killing, especially of non-combatants, often women or children.