Our National Guard, once known as the “weekend warriors”, because training is one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. The National Guard also responds to disasters in the U.S., as we recently have seen at the Boston Marathon massacre and Hurricane Sandy.
Did you know that over half of the U.S. fighting force deployed are National Guard? They see combat and have been stretched thin in multiple deployments throughout these past 10 years. Did you also know that…
- One in 10 troops killed in action since 2001 was a member of the National Guard?
- The suicide rate among the National Guard has increased?
- One study found that Guard members develop PTSD 29% more often than active duty military?
Most people are not aware of the mental health needs of our National Guard and their families. It has become a stateside crisis that once these brave men and women return from combat, they have a higher risk of developing mental health problems.
A new conference that will explore these challenges will be held by the University of Michigan. It will take place from April 25-26 and it will fit the mental health needs for both National Guard and Reserve service members and their families. As stated on their website, “The National Research Summit on Reserve Component Military Families will explore the unique challenges facing our Reserve and National Guard families. Mental health needs and care will be among the topics discussed. The conference is sponsored by the University of Michigan Depression Center’s Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN).”
There is a $195 fee that is being waived for service members, veterans and their families. For more information, please visit the M-SPAN website.