Vet Centers Provide Reintegration Support for Warriors

Serving our nation in conflict environments in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere around the globe can be challenging for even the most prepared individuals. In fact, it is common for Veterans to experience concerns related to readjustment issues after returning home and while reintegrating into civilian life. That’s why the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides support for combat Veterans and their families at community-based counseling facilities called Vet Centers .

How Parents of Warriors Can Support Reintegration

It's exciting to have a warrior in your family. Your son or daughter is important to our country and you should be proud of them. However, you may have mixed feelings and emotions about a son or daughter's deployment to Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere around the globe. But as the parent of a warrior, you are not alone — there are many resources to help you support your service member as he or she reintegrates after a deployment.

8 Battlefield Skills That Make Reintegration Challenging

Adapted with permission from James Munroe, Ed.D, VA Boston Healthcare System. Warriors returning home from deployment may experience challenges when reintegrating into civilian life due to survival skills they have developed while living in a combat environment. Below are eight battlefield skills that families can educate themselves about to better understand the common reintegration challenges of returning service members.

Caring for Yourself While Helping Support Your Service Member

Military deployments are emotionally and physically demanding. The experiences of living in high-stress combat environments can continue to affect service members as they return home. They may have trouble adjusting to living in a comfortable, relaxed and loving environment. Additionally, you may notice your service member feeling and acting differently then they did before they left. These feelings may not be temporary and might not disappear the moment they return home. Your service member may need your support to help him or her adjust to living and feeling at home again.

Tips for Spouses of Returning Service Members

As the wife or husband of a service member returning from deployment, you are probably both excited and nervous about the homecoming. A lot of time and significant events have passed during the deployment and there will be a time of natural adjustment. The days and weeks following the return home will include challenges but there are some things you can do to ease the reintegration for both of you.

For Employees: Reintegrating into Civilian Employment

For many service members, the return from deployment and readjustment to life at home frequently present some challenges, particularly for National Guard and reserve members who may not have the same natural community supports. Skills that kept them alive in hostile environments are not applicable in civilian life.

Reintegrating into Civilian Life

Now that you've been home a few weeks, the rush of excitement you felt stepping off the plane or ship has probably begun to fade a little. The flags have been put away, the bands have stopped playing and the newspapers are focusing on other things. Your life has suddenly become private again, giving you the chance to put things back in order.

For Employers: Helping Employees Reintegrate into Civilian Employment

The National Guard and Reserve are an integral part of our military. Almost half of the men and women serving in our armed forces are members of the National Guard and Reserve.


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