U.S. military personnel are facing mental health challenges on and off the battlefield. According to the Army’s Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members (the Army STARRS Report), almost 25 percent of nearly 5,500 active-duty, non-deployed Army soldiers who were surveyed reported that they are facing a mental health challenge. Service member mental health challenges also inevitably impact military families.
For the fourth straight year the US Family Health Plan Alliance helped sponsor the 2015 Warrior-Family Symposium. The 2015 Warrior-Family Symposium was conducted jointly by the Military Officers Association of America and Wounded Warrior Project. Participants discussed government and nongovernment organizations aligning and acting to improve the overall mental wellness of the nation’s service members, veterans and their families—specifically looking at our individual and collective responsibilities and commitments to taking care of our own, as citizens and as the nation at-large. The event brought together government leaders, caregivers and supporting organizations to discuss mental wellness programs and treatment options available to our nation’s service members and their families.
The US Family Health Plan participating organizations welcome opportunities to increase awareness and discover new ways to support the mental wellness of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. As a trusted partner in the Military Healthcare System for more than 30 years, we are committed to providing comprehensive care that supports the long-term wellness of all military family members, include mental wellness.