How are servicemembers and veterans coping with their post-combat lives? What can families, mental health providers, and communities do to ease the transition? We conducted the Joining Forces America survey to find out.
We found reasons for hope. And reasons for everyone to work harder.
50% of returning servicemembers reported some sort of mental health issue.
Only 25% of returning servicemembers received mental health assistance.
Almost 50% of mental health professionals feel that their profession is not well prepared to help servicemembers.
- Servicemembers are not likely to seek counseling, often because of a perceived stigma and fears that it may hurt their military careers.
- 16% of family members sought mental health assistance. Of those, more than one third did so while their servicemember was deployed.
- Servicemembers rated simple strategies—keeping in touch with fellow servicemembers, keeping busy with activities, volunteering—as very helpful in their transition.
Dig into the data
Examine the numbers. Discover where we're all falling short. And identify ways to ease the transition of returning servicemembers.