A pilot support program for spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has shown to reduce stress, so the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding the telephone support program.
Spouses participate in 12 telephone support groups over six months. The focus is on problem-solving and communication, relationships, mental health and resilience.
“Returning to civilian life after living in constant combat readiness can be a shocking transition, and it is the immediate family, the spouses and children, who bear that brunt of that transition with those who served,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a VA press release. “The more support we can provide to the family, the better the outcome will be for our Veterans.”
The spouse telephone support program is part of VA’s Caregiver Support Program. The Caregiver Support Line is 1-855-260-3274.
The program is based on research by VA researchers Dr. Linda Nichols and Dr. Jennifer Martindale-Adams, of the Memphis VA Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
You can find general information about the spouse telephone support program HERE.
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