We host a platform for veteran spouses to connect with, engage in and inform research through a collaborative network of veteran families, research scientists and service providers.
The Veteran Spouse Network facilitates a network of veteran spouses while bridging the gap between communities and research. Our work is influenced by the understanding that Veteran families rely on strong communities to support each other while facing their unique challenges. In addition, we know that research best informs positive changes in the community, when researchers are addressing those needs articulated by the community itself.
Veteran spouses, this is your network. This group is meant to incorporate your input, voice and perspectives. We strongly encourage you to become involved! This network is designed to include members from across the state either by accessing this website, our Facebook page, or even by meeting up with local members to find support and share relevant resources. As our network continues to grow, it is our hope that it will be influenced by its members and will become the resource that its members need it to be. We are here to help build it and identify programming and events that you want to see more of in your area, or in the state. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your input and ideas on how to make this network what you want it to be!
After 13 years at war, the U.S. faces unprecedented challenges in caring for military service members and their families. Numerous programs address the mental and physical health needs of veterans, but few attend to the needs and experiences of their family members. In particular, spouses’ views on, and needs for, mental health have received sparse research attention.
Veteran spouses often bear the burden as caregivers to veterans, and sometimes report feeling that they and their families are left out of efforts that support veterans. Veteran families face a diverse set of concerns including secondary effects of service members’ post traumatic stress disorder, persistent family functioning deficits and parenting challenges due to prolonged separation, readjustment problems, and attachment disorders as well as transition challenges faced by children. Given the substantial burden faced by military families after prolonged war and multiple deployments, access to targeted and effective programming informed by research is greatly needed.
The Veteran Spouse Network (VSN) project will meet this need by providing a platform for communication and research action to enable veteran spouses to inform, evaluate and advocate for use of effective mental health care practices in their communities.