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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Beyond Combat: The Phenomenological Experience of Military Personnel, Veterans, Families, and Communities

Camille Hall, Associate ProfessorCollege of Social Work
The current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq represent America’s longest continuous combat engagement.  We are now challenged with both a military that is exhibiting the stress-related consequences of these long and multiple combat deployments and a rapidly growing veteran population in need of a wide range of combat-related physical and mental health care services. Every community in the United States has been affected, and service delivery systems are trying to respond. There is an urgent need to understand and engage with the military service members, veterans, their families, and their communities in effective practices. This presentation draws from research data that explore the effects of deployment and combat stress on the physical and mental health of U.S.- veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Cultural relativity and universality of responses to traumatic events related to armed conflict and war are also highlighted.
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