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Marriage and divorce after military deployment to Afghanistan: A matched cohort study from Sweden

To investigate the probability of marriage and divorce among Swedish military veterans deployed to Afghanistan relative to non-deployed matched comparators. Military veterans were identified through Swedish military personnel registers regarding foreign deployments, and comparators from the Military Service Conscription Register…

Military Spouse Employment: 5 Recommendations for Removing Barriers to Entrepreneurship

The purpose of this white paper is to describe some of the challenges and barriers military spouses face in starting their own businesses that were outlined in the National Military Spouse Network’s 2018 panel discussion with military spouse entrepreneurs and…

Utilisation of the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups across England: a freedom of information investigation

To determine the extent to which National Health Service (NHS) service providers appoint a named Armed Forces veteran lead or champion, and to explore the commissioning of veteran-specific services by Clinical Commissioning Groups. A convergent mixed method design was used…

Benefit Not Burden (UK)

The Armed Forces covenant is a promise by the nation to ensure that people who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It focuses on ensuring members of the Armed Forces community do…

Military spouses with deployed partners are at greater risk of poor perinatal mental health: a scoping review

Poor mental health in the perinatal period is associated with a number of adverse outcomes for the individual and the wider family. The unique circumstances in which military spouses/partners live may leave them particularly vulnerable to developing perinatal mental health…

Improving Delivery of the UK’s Armed Forces Covenant: How can organisations more effectively implement the Armed Forces Covenant across the UK in support of everyone in the Armed Forces Community?

The Covenant is an important policy mechanism designed to ensure that the Armed Forces Community does not suffer a disadvantage as a result of a person’s or their family member’s service in the Armed Forces, and as such it covers…

Loneliness and social isolation of military veterans: systematic narrative review

Loneliness and social isolation are being increasingly recognized as influencing both physical and mental health. There is limited research carried out with military veterans and, to date, there is no review of existing evidence. To synthesize and examine the evidence…

Reduced Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Among Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are highly comorbid conditions associated with reduced health-related quality of life. Comorbid prevalence is especially high among veterans, ranging from 23% to 51%, but there is limited research on integrative treatments.…