DCoE Blog

  • Military Parents Resources for Kids
    Military family celebrating homecoming

    Military life can be challenging for the children of service members, but it can be easier. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology shares resources for parents and kids to help tackle their worries in its latest blog post.

    If you’re a parent, you worry about your children and how to take care of them. If you are a military parent, you have additional worries:

  • Single? Deployed? These Relationship Tips are Helpful No Matter What Your Status Is
    U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd

    Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations. But if you’re a member of the military — or loved one of a service member — the holiday can bring a mix of emotions. Some relationships face the obstacles of military life, while others face deployment. Some people have no romantic relationship. No matter what your status is, there’s a relationship resource available for you.

    Military Couples

    The life of a service member is hectic at times and maintaining relationships can get difficult. Taking time to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day can help keep your significant other’s heart close and your relationship resilient. These resources can help you keep your relationship and communication strong throughout the year:

    • Find fun activities: Positive Activity Jackpot mobile app from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology will help you find something fun for you and your date to do in your area.
  • Sending Your Child Back to School after Concussion
    Mother walking children across the street in crosswalk
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez

    Although summer isn’t quite over, many kids are shifting attention to the upcoming school year. If you are a parent, you’ve most likely started back-to-school prep: shopping for new clothes, buying school supplies and organizing new daily routines. While you’re thinking ahead, don’t forget to plan for any special needs for your child who may have experienced a summer head injury. A common injury that affects school performance is concussion. 

    A concussion is a jolt or blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Children often get them by falling down, running into things, getting struck by objects or playing sports. A concussion can cause cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms. Your child might report symptoms like headaches, dizziness, blurry vision or trouble paying attention. If you have any concerns, seek medical attention promptly.

  • Clinician’s Corner: Journal Highlights Health Needs of Women in Combat
    Military Medicine - Women in Combat supplement to volume 181 number 1

    We are living in a time of great change. Change offers us many opportunities for positive growth. At the same time, change may create unanswerable questions, generate heated discussions or even produce anxiety in those impacted most by the change.

    Military Integration Changes

    The Defense Department has seen a number of significant changes related to structure and mission. Notably, in 2013, the secretary of defense rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, which had previously closed many combat-related military occupational specialties to female service members. This decision raised questions about the best ways to integrate women into these positions and focused attention on the physical and psychological health needs of all military females.

    In the spring of 2014, the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs hosted the Women in Combat Symposium. More than 90 policy makers, researchers and service members from across the Defense Department examined women-in-combat issues related to fitness and health, operational, environmental, community and cultural factors. DCoE helped shape the symposium’s content and dialogue. My colleagues and I facilitated group discussions about the psychological health needs, resilience, and overall well-being of women in combat positions.

  • What You Need to Know about Mindfulness Meditation
    mindfulness blog series

    Mindfulness meditation swiftly gained popularity as a self-care strategy for improving psychological health symptoms and overall resilience. Clinical evidence shows that this strategy works. DCoE wrote a series of mindfulness blogs to help you understand what mindfulness meditation is, how it can help, what studies and data support it, and how individuals can integrate it into their daily lives. Below is a quick rundown on the entire series, including what you need to know about mindfulness meditation and how to get started.

    What is mindfulness meditation?
    Mindfulness meditation comes from a Buddhist tradition. It increases awareness of the present by focusing on your breathing, body and thoughts. With continual practice, this technique trains the brain to stay in the present moment and can help you accept things for what they are, without judgment.

  • TBI Caregivers 101: Resources and Tips

    Like service members do when they deploy, people who care for someone with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) take on new responsibility at a moment’s notice. And just like deployed service members, caregivers take on the responsibility without knowing what it may entail or what battles they may encounter.

    Anyone can become a caregiver at any time. While helping a loved one in this way is often the right thing to do, it’s not easy and it comes with unexpected challenges. Some TBI patients receive professional care, but many rely on family members.