From March-April 2019, the Center funded a project, led by Dr. Sam Cacace (CFACE Postdoctoral Research Scholar), to gather pilot data regarding the needs of military service members, veterans, and their families across North Carolina. To achieve this goal, the Center hosted community cafes for military service members, veterans, military families, and leadership from military and veteran-serving organizations in six cities across the state chosen for their large military or veteran presence. We partnered with facilitators from NCServes, Team Red White and Blue, CHAMP, RTI International, and NC State University’s Military and Veteran Services center.
Military service members and veterans are at high risk for post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, and suicide. However, a majority of military personnel transition to civilian life successfully, and without incident. Our work in military and veteran health and wellness seeks to determine factors that contribute to successful civilian reintegration by conducting innovative research and partnering with community organizations who engage directly with the military and veteran community. Together, we can work towards building interventions, models, and policies that will increase the likelihood that individuals who serve in the military will continue to have healthy, happy lives post-service.