Members of the National Guard and Reserve face unique challenges balancing military service with civilian life. DCoE serves warriors and their families who need help with psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI) concerns, promoting resilience, recovery and reintegration.
When these service members return from deployment, their reintegration involves not only family and friends, but also with their civilian employers. While their active-duty counterparts continue to “work” in the military, National Guard and Reserve members face a civilian work culture they have been away from for some time. Employers are crucial to enabling employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve to serve their country. Moreover, employers’ active support and encouragement is critical to their employees’ success.
Below are some great resources from military, government and community programs specifically for Guardsmen and reservists.
Mobile technology can enhance access to psychological health and TBI care and resources for service members, veterans and families – particularly for the Guard and Reserve populations. National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), a DCoE center, develops psychological health and TBI mobile applications and online resources to improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families. Check out all T2 has to offer on the “Portfolio” section of the center’s website. Or, check out the DCoE Resource Catalog for a complete list of available resources.
Real Warriors Campaign profile, Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Megan Krause: As an Army medic, Krause knew the warning signs of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder yet didn’t recognize them in herself. Fortunately others did. Colleagues across her chain of command helped her see that she needed treatment and that it was OK to ask for help.
Sesame Workshop’s, “When Families Grieve,” video series and resources offers support for your family as you face this difficult time.
AfterDeployment: Post-deployment wellness resources, self-assessments and more
DCoE Outreach Center: Trained health care professionals are available 24/7 to answer individual questions and help you navigate through the vast array of resources on psychological health and traumatic brain injury
Real Warriors Campaign Articles for National Guard and Reserve
Deployment Health Clinical Center – Reserve Component Resource Center
Military OneSource: Search for articles about service-specific Guard or Reserve information and resources
National Resource Directory: State and local resources for recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration
Rural Assistance Center: Rural health and human services information
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: Prepares soldiers and families for mobilization, sustains families during mobilization, and reintegrate soldiers with their families, communities, and employers upon redeployment
Joint Services Support: Advocate for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans
National Guard Employer Support Program: Department of Defense office to promote cooperation and understanding between Guard and Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers
Sesame Street Workshop: Helping children cope with deployment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration: Veterans and Military Families