SAMHSA programs address the unique behavioral health challenges facing military children, service women, and minorities that serve in the military.
The impact of deployment and trauma-related stress not only affects many military members and veterans but also their families, including wives, children, and other family members such as parents of service members and others who may provide support.
SAMHSA provides a number of resources concerning health, and behavioral and social reintegration for these at-risk populations. Its primary program, the Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center, works with states, territories, and tribes to develop effective, responsive behavioral health systems for service members, veterans, and their families.
- The Military and Veteran Families and Children webpage of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) addresses unique challenges of military children. There you’ll find resources for medical providers, educators, family members, and policymakers.
- The Traumatic Grief in Military Children webpage at the NCTSN website provides more resources on traumatic grief in military children.
Minority populations are heavily represented in the military. However, minority populations have been historically underserved by the behavioral health field. Meeting the behavioral health needs of these populations requires service providers that are attuned not only to the culture of the military but to the cultures of these individuals. Efforts to address the needs of returning veterans and their families from a variety of backgrounds will have to meet their unique needs, while contending with the existing workforce shortage.
- Women in the Military: Overcoming Challenges, an issue of SAMHSA News, discusses issues facing women in the military, such as harassment, assault, rape, or other violent acts.