Applications for 2nd Round of Naafi Welfare Fund Open in April 2021

Service personnel are to receive millions in new grants in a bid to boost their quality of life. The Naafi Welfare Fund will allocate £750,000 a year for the next decade. Any Armed Forces individual or unit can apply, and payouts range from £5,000 to £20,000. Since the scheme was launched at the end of… Read More

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Research to Resolve the Burden of Low Back Pain in Military Service Members & Veterans

Research Paper Title Resolving the Burden of Low Back Pain in Military Service Members and Veterans (RESOLVE): Protocol for a Multisite Pragmatic Clinical Trial. Background Physical therapy (PT) is frequently used for the management of low back pain (LBP) within the US Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). However, variations in PT practice… Read More

Is Telerehabilitation Useful for Servicemebers & Veterans?

Research Paper Title Usability Assessment of the Rehabilitation Lower-limb Orthopaedic Assistive Device by Service Members and Veterans With Lower Limb Loss. Background Telehealth is an increasingly common approach to improve healthcare delivery, especially within the Veterans Health Administration and Department of Defense (DoD). Telehealth has diminished many challenges to direct access for clinical follow-up; however,… Read More

Do Insomnia Symptoms Predict Increased Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms among Military Service Members and Veterans?

Research Paper Title Prospective associations between insomnia symptoms and alcohol use problems among former and current military service personnel. Background Despite evidence that insomnia symptoms exacerbate alcohol use disorder symptoms, there is a dearth of prospective research testing bidirectional associations between these variables. Furthermore, no studies have prospectively examined these associations among military personnel, a… Read More

What are the Predictors of Attendance & Dropout of PTSD Treatment for Active Duty Service Members?

Research Paper Title Predictors of attendance and dropout in three randomized controlled trials of PTSD treatment for active duty service members. Abstract Dropout from first-line posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments is a significant problem. The researchers reported rates and predictors of attendance and dropout in three clinical trials of evidence-based PTSD treatments in military service… Read More

Military Spouses/Civil Partners can claim Ex-Gratia Payments in Lieu of Maternity Allowance

True or false: Spouses/civil partners who accompany their Service partner on an overseas posting/assignment are unable to claim Maternity Allowance (MA) from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if they are not living in the UK. Although spouses/civil partners cannot claim MA when overseas, they do have other options (this depends on where they… Read More

Could Abnormal Gamma Activities be a proxy for GABA-ergic Interneuron Dysfunction and/or a Promising Neuroimaging Marker of Insidious Mild Head Injuries?

Research Paper Title Marked Increases in Resting-State MEG Gamma-Band Activity in Combat-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Background Combat-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a leading cause of sustained impairments in military service members and veterans. Recent animal studies show that GABA-ergic parvalbumin-positive interneurons are susceptible to brain injury, with damage causing abnormal increases in… Read More