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By the Numbers: 8 February 2021

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The number of stores operated by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) "worldwide, including in 13 countries and 2 U.S. territories," according to a recent Congressional Research Service Defense Primer -- Military Commissaries and Exchanges. The DeCA employs more than "12,000 civilian full-time equivalents (FTEs)."

 

Research Update: 4 February 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Behind therapists’ emotional responses to suicidal patients: A study of the narrative crisis model of suicide and clinicians’ emotions.
● The Social Forces Healing Patients with Painful Conditions: What Happens After COVID-19? (editorial)
● Anxiety sensitivity and substance use: Differential levels across individuals primarily using opioids, cannabis, or stimulants.

Staff Perspective: Three Caskets - A Personal Story of Complicated Grief

Dr. Erin Frick

It was odd that my brother was calling me. I hadn’t even unpacked after just returning home from visiting my family in Indiana for the Christmas holiday. He said, “Erin, Wendel and the kids were killed in a car accident on their way back home.” On 29 December 2005, the date of the accident, my journey through complicated grief began and continues to this day. Just as my grief process continues, I expect there are many who have been thrown into grief and will be attempting to find their way through this journey, especially due to the pandemic. As a devoted helper, I will share a few things that have guided me in my journey…

By the Numbers: 1 February 2021

46%

The percentage of "COVID-19 cases diagnosed in active-duty military personnel through the end of fiscal 2020" that were concentrated in four military occupation fields -- repair, engineering, communications, and intelligence -- according to a recent article in Military Times reporting on an article in the December 2020 issue of the Defense Health Agency's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.

Research Update: 28 January 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Virtual Reality Exposure Simulation for Student Veteran Social Anxiety and PTSD: A Case Study.
● Gender Differences in Mental Health Screening Outcomes Among U.S. Marines in Combat Support Occupations.
● Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Their Relationship to Health-Related Behaviors in Over 12,000 US Military Personnel: Bi-Directional Associations.

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