If you need immediate help, please call 911 or the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1

Grief & Loss

Grief and loss are common parts of life both in and out of uniform. You may experience either for many reasons. You may lose a loved one, experience divorce, or suffer a life-changing injury. No matter the reason, coping can be difficult.

Everybody experiences grief and loss differently. Some may experience difficulty sleeping, intense or lasting feelings of sadness, or even guilt. These reactions can affect personal relationships, job performance or health.

If you or someone you know has suffered a loss of any kind, a health care professional can help with coping and recovery. Use the following resources to learn more about grief, loss and how reaching out is a sign of strength.

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Understanding and Coping With Natural and Human-made Disasters

Traumatic events related to combat or deployments can occur during your military service. These experiences may cause stress reactions that can negatively impact your psychological health. However, it is important to remember that you and your family can face similar experiences following a natural or human-made disaster. 

Security Clearances and Psychological Health Care

Reaching out for care for your psychological health is an important, positive step in your military career. When seeking a role that requires a national security clearance, you will be instructed to fill out the Standard Form 86 (SF86), “Questionnaire for National Security Positions.” [PDF] The federal government uses information from this form to conduct background checks and evaluate individuals who are: