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‘Deeply odd’: women veterans as critical feminist scholars

A series of conversations between two women veterans triggered a realization that our military service had been ‘deeply odd’. Jointly authored by a historian and a social scientist, both have served in different services, through different conflicts, for different lengths…

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge

The primary aim of the Fall Out project is to learn more about a specific cohort of Early Service Leavers (ESLs) — those dismissed from the Armed Forces as a result of a positive Compulsory Drug Test (CDT). Although the…

“Fall Out”: Substance misuse and service leavers: a qualitative investigation into the impact of a Compulsory Drug Test (CDT) discharge. Briefing Report

The primary aim of the Fall Out project is to learn more about a specific cohort of Early Service Leavers (ESLs) — those dismissed from the Armed Forces as a result of a positive Compulsory Drug Test (CDT). Although the…

Family and occupational functioning following military trauma exposure and moral injury

Evidence is growing regarding the impact of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) on mental health; yet how moral injury may affect an individual’s occupational and familial functioning remains poorly understood. While many veterans experienced psychological distress postevent, those who experienced…

UK military families with a dependent who has Special Education Needs and/ or Disability (SEND): a forgotten subpopulation?

Military families research has enjoyed a resurgence in the past decade, leading to an improved understanding of the unique stressors associated with military family life. Exposures such as parental separation, frequent family re-location, increased risk of paternal common mental health…

Evaluating the quality of resilience apps for military members and public safety personnel

Military members and public safety personnel need targeted mental health interventions that are clinically effective, confidential, easily accessed, and cost effective. Smartphone apps are an emergent method of service delivery that provide an alternative to in-person therapy. However, although apps…

RAFFF Childcare Survey Report 2021

To support the continued policy focus on childcare for Armed Forces families, the RAF Families Federation conducted a survey during 2020 to ensure that up-to-date evidence on the needs of RAF families was available. We welcome the recent positive developments…

The Veterans’ Advocacy People: Final Evaluation Report and Social Return on Investment Analysis

This report evaluates the impact of The Veterans’ Advocacy People for one calendar year of established, standard operations and, based on this, presents an estimate of social value generated by the service. Even within this conservative and more strictly focused…

Armed Forces Charities’ Support for Families

Families are an important and sizeable part of the armed forces community. While their needs generally reflect those of civilian families, aspects of military life can present unique challenges for armed forces families. Therefore, having support in place to understand…

Military Life Narratives and Identity Development among Black Post-9/11 Veterans

Military culture is heterogenous and comprised of various subcultures with their own distinct military identity. The call for cultural competence has remained ubiquitous within the mental health field for decades, and a great need exists to provide increasingly culturally sensitive…