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Reintegration Challenges in U.S. Service Members and Veterans Following Combat Deployment
Sayer NA, Carlson K, Frazier P. Reintegration Challenges in U.S. Service Members and Veterans Following Combat Deployment. Social issues and policy review. 2014 Jan 13; 8(1):33-73.
Although the majority of combat veterans reintegrate into civilian life without
long-lasting problems, a sizable minority return from deployment with psychiatric
or physical injuries that warrant medical attention. Even in the absence
of diagnosable disorders, many experience functional problems that impede full
reintegration into civilian life. Considerable resources have been allocated to
studying, diagnosing, treating, and compensating combat-related disorders. This
important work has resulted in significant improvements in healthcare for those
with deployment-related difficulties. Nevertheless, many service members and
veterans with reintegration difficulty may not receive needed help. Based on our
review, we argue that in addition to treatment and compensation for diagnosable
postdeployment problems, a comprehensive approach to reintegration is needed
that includes partnership between the government, private sector, and the public.