Fort Bragg Pledges Support for Mental Health of Soldiers: Are You a Military Family?
If you live in North Carolina, you are very likely in some way connected to the military. Many of us are married to soldiers or grew up as Army brats and, if not, the odds are high that there is at least one military family in your social circle. Living in a state with an Army base as large as Fort Bragg guarantees that the armed services play a role in your life in some way.
My mother was a soldier in the Army stationed at Fort Bragg for a large part of her career which is how I came to live in this state and call it home. The military and our troops are important to me and that is why I was glad that Fort Bragg officials announced plans to provide more support for soldiers returning from the middle east.
In particular, a focus will be placed on training soldiers to identify colleagues who may be at risk for committing suicide, a tragedy of increasing frequency of late. Chaplains are also embedded in each unit to assist in counseling troops suffering from depression or anxiety. Many soldiers are afraid to ask for help for fear it could affect their long-term career with the military.
It's good to see Fort Bragg finally taking an interest in the mental health of our soldiers.
Are you part of a military family? Has your husband or family member served time overseas? Do you feel that they have been offered support on their return?
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