Military Issues

Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #717, Room 210E, Poster 5
Boots on the Ground: Informed Advocacy in Caring for America’s Veterans and Families
30-Minute Poster Session
Elizabeth M. Sherr, Aquila Stephens
This poster session focuses on informed advocacy in caring for America’s veterans and their families through the use of Veterans Administration vet centers. Life can be challenging for veterans suffering from PTSD, sexual traumas, survivor’s guilt, and other complex traumas. The session will provide an overview of how vet centers can assist combat veterans and families as a community resource across the U.S..

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MGCA Session
Program ID #741, Room 210E, Poster 5
Characteristics of Nonfatal Suicide Attempts or Ideations Involving a Firearm as Method of Choice
30-Minute Poster Session
Angie Waliski
This poster session provides the results of interviews with veterans within 48 hours of a serious suicide ideation or attempt that leads to inpatient VA psychiatric care. The presenters will provide antidotal information of assisting with veterans, service members, and their family members at times of crisis.

 

Friday, April 1, 2016
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Program ID #777, Room 210E, Poster 5
Military Children Nested in Systems
30-Minute Poster Session
Alisa P. Hathaway
Focus groups including service members, families, and providers were conducted to better understand the bio-psycho-social needs of military-involved children. The aim was to gain feedback to create understanding and tailor interventions to meet military families’ unique needs. Community-based participatory research principles were employed, in recognition that participant input was essential for shaping outreach, engagement, and services. Data supported an adaptation of Bronfenbrenner’s Social-Ecological Model.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
11:00 am - 11:30 am
NCDA Session
Program ID #785, Room 210E, Poster 1
Are You REDI for Changes to USAJOBS?
30-Minute Poster Session
Karol I. Taylor
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently kicked off a new hiring initiative, by asking “Are You REDI?” REDI is its acronym for recruitment, engagement, diversity, and innovation. The idea is to make OPM’s hiring website, USAJOBS, easier to use and to navigate. During this session, participants will take a look at the changes, learn how use them effectively, and decide for themselves how successful OPM has been at making USAJOBS easier to use.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Program ID #801, Room 210E, Poster 5
The Impact of Deployment on Attachment Relationships
30-Minute Poster Session
Justin Russotti
Employing community-based participatory principles, a research team conducted qualitative focus groups with military-involved families and community service providers to better understand the psychosocial needs of children. Using grounded theory, attachment-related challenges experienced by the parent, the child, and the dyad itself surfaced as a strong theme. These unique challenges were closely tied to attachment disruptions during the multiple phases of deployment. This poster session illuminates these findings.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Program ID #813, Room 210E, Poster 5
Red, White, and Booze: The War Against Alcoholism
30-Minute Poster Session
Angela K. Sirvas, Erica Nicole Rankin
This poster session aims to aid professional clinicians in their work with active-duty service members and veterans. Statistics on the prevalence of alcoholism are shown, specifically how alcohol is incorporated with other issues, such as suicide, homicide, and other drug addictions. This population is in crucial need of our help and this session aims to ease the transition from civilian clients to military service members, who are a growing part of clients nowadays.

 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Program ID #850, Room 210E, Poster 6
Winning the Battle Within: Mindfulness for Returning Soldiers
30-Minute Poster Session
Conni Rush, S. Anandavalli, Linda L. Muffoletto, Lori Chalmers
Returning soldiers often find family reintegration overwhelming. The change from being an alert soldier to being calm and secure often has many roadblocks for the individual and the family. Mindfulness, an ancient and evidence-based technique, helps individuals regulate their lives. Its benefits include lowered blood pressure, an activated parasympathetic nervous system, and increased levels of hope and compassion. We can help soldiers use mindfulness to reestablish the family hierarchy and increase cohesion.

 

Sunday, April 3, 2016
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
MGCA Session
Program ID #914, Room 210E, Poster 10
The Impact of Marriage on PTSD and Alcohol Use in Army National Guard Veterans
30-Minute Poster Session
Andrea Bjornestad
The study examined the impact of marriage on PTSD and alcohol use in a sample of Army National Guard veterans. Veterans completed the Combat Exposure Scale and the PTSD Checklist Military Version, and veterans and spouses completed the AUDIT. Results regarding the relationship between PTSD symptoms and alcohol use in single versus married veterans as well as within the marital relationship will be provided. Implications pertaining to the treatment of military couples will be discussed.