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Staff Perspective: Gratitude as Self-Care

Dr. Kevin Holloway

Many of you reading this now will likely agree with me that we’re looking forward to this new year. 2020 was certainly a year of upheaval, disconnection, distress, and for many people, significant loss. Indeed, all of us have experienced loss to one degree or another, whether that is loss of a loved one, income, ease of movement, or peace. Added to that is significant political discord, struggle for social justice, unjustified death and suffering, and disagreement on basic truth. It is easy to point to multiple examples of things we won’t miss about 2020

By the Numbers: 11 January 2021

71%

The percentage of "young Americans between the ages of 17 and 24" who are "currently ineligible for military service, primarily because they are too poorly educated, too overweight, or have a history of crime or substance abuse," according to a letter sent in mid-December to Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller from Mission: Readiness, " a nonpartisan organization of nearly 800 retired admirals and generals." 

Research Update: 7 January 2021

The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 

● Veterans’ Treatment Engagement and Dropout from Couple and Family Therapy in a Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
● Time to Suicide and Suicide Attempt among Army Enlisted Soldiers’ First Year of Service.
● Deployment Experiences and Suicidal Behaviors Related to Interpersonal Violence Perpetration Among Army National Guard Soldiers.

Staff Perspective: Learning from Military Family Resilience During COVID-19

Dr. Marjorie Weinstock

Family resilience is also a topic that my colleagues and I have discussed a great deal over the past few months in regards to the current pandemic. So, my interest was piqued when I recently ran across an article by Dr. Heather Prime and colleagues in American Psychologist focusing on how to encourage family resilience in the wake of COVID-19-related stressors. One of the first things I noticed was that the conceptual framework that they use is very similar to the one we describe when talking about military family resilience in our training events.

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