At-Risk Populations among Veterans and Military Families

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.



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.


Last Updated: 07/02/2015