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Communities Serve: A Systematic Review of Need Assessments on U.S. Veteran and Military-Connected Populations

Military veterans and their families face a multiplicity of challenges once they transition from service. Even though more American private and public-sector organizations are engaged in studying the needs of veterans and their families through need assessments, few assessments are…

Unconquerable Heroes: Invictus, Redemption, and the Cultural Politics of Narrative

The wounded veteran is a challenging subject for the state. These subjects must be narratively managed and reclaimed in ways which both recognize the violence of warfare and render critical responses inappropriate. Using the example of the Invictus Games, this…

Gender Differences in Response to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans

Background Most of our knowledge base regarding treatment response among veterans comes from predominantly male samples. Evidence suggests, however, that women and men use different coping strategies, which may impact how effective treatments are for people of different genders. The…

‘It’s nice to just be you’: The influence of the employment experiences of UK military spouses during accompanied postings on well-being

Repeated military relocations (accompanied postings) can have a detrimental effect on employment and well-being among the spouses and partners of military personnel. Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted with 19 spouses of British Army/Royal Air Force personnel with recent experience of…

Longitudinal Associations in the Direction and Prediction of PTSD Symptoms and Romantic Relationship Impairment Over One Year in Post 9/11 Veterans: A Comparison of Theories and Exploration of Potential Gender Differences

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is prevalent among combat veterans and is associated with intimate relationship difficulties. Few studies have examined the prospective longitudinal course of associations between PTSD and relationship difficulties and whether there are gender differences. In a sample…

Applying behavioural insights to successful transition

Each year, thousands of people sign up to serve in the UK’s Armed Forces. The commitment is all encompassing: irregular hours and time away from loved ones, often in dangerous situations. Families of Service personnel mirror this commitment, often uprooting…

Exploring the Experiences of Partners of Veterans with Mental health Difficulties Attending a Group Psychoeducation Support Intervention: A Qualitative Study

Background Research has demonstrated that partners living alongside veterans with mental health difficulties are at high risk of developing mental health difficulties themselves and secondary trauma. A variety of interventions have been developed to support partners. Research to date has…

DSC Focus On: UK Armed Forces Charities – Sector Trends

The charity sector is neither static nor homogeneous. Charities come and go as beneficiary needs change, economic and social pressures shift, and public support peaks and dwindles. Charities which serve the armed forces community are no exception to the changing…

Like a Refugee : Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence

Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump claimed that American veterans were treated worse than refugees and undocumented immigrants. That belief—that the government was taking in refugees while abandoning its own soldiers—first emerged, as this essay shows, in the wake of…

Survey Snapshot: Benefits and Challenges of Dispersed Living

The RAF Families Federation’s Dispersed Families Project is an initiative funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, and aims to improve understanding of the lived experience of dispersed families in the Royal Air Force. A series of online surveys for…