Postdeployment Problems & Service Use Among US Army National Guard Soldiers

Research Paper Title

Homecoming of Citizen Soldiers: Postdeployment Problems and Service Use Among Army National Guard Soldiers.

Abstract

The present study described the types and amount of problems and services sought among returned deployed Army National Guard soldiers (4568 soldiers in 50 units).

The study responds to gaps in the research literature to better understand community intervention needs of reservists.

About half (48%) of the soldiers reported one or two problems, mostly those of psychological well-being:

  • Such as feelings of anger and frustration, upsetting memories, and troubled sleep (34% of the study sample);
  • Followed by problems of social support (18%), alcohol use (17%), feelings of isolation including suicidal thoughts (13%), and financial difficulties (11%).

Having engaged in direct combat and having wounded or killed someone showed positive relationships with reported problems.

One-third (35%) of soldiers who reported having used services went to one service and, generally, soldiers went to services related to their expressed problems.

Variance in self-reported problems explained by service use was low, suggesting unsought postdeployment services.

Reference

Griffith, J. (2017) Homecoming of Citizen Soldiers: Postdeployment Problems and Service Use Among Army National Guard Soldiers. Community Mental Health Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0132-9. [Epub ahead of print].

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