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Marriage and Family Counseling Services in Remote Areas

Issue Number 522
Status Completed
Issue Title Marriage and Family Counseling Services in Remote Areas
Scope Military families need assistance in coping with pressure associated with managing complex relationships within a military lifestyle. Licensed marriage and family counselors are not always available to soldiers and family members in remote areas. Marital/family therapy reduces conflict and facilitates medical management of the problems. Counseling services are not available unless there is identified family violence (Family Advocacy option), or medical/mental health diagnosis of a family member. Soldiers and family members are reluctant to seek services due to the stigma associated with marital/family therapy and the possibility of harming a military or civilian career.
Issue Recommendation Provide and fund licensed marriage and family counseling services in remote areas.
Military Component Active Component
Demographic Group Family Members, Soldiers
Subject Area Medical/Command
Geographic Area Remote
Entered AFAP Nov 2002
Final Action Date Dec 2007
Accomplishments Military One Source/Army One Source provides up to six free counseling sessions, including M&F therapy. Remote couples’ use of MOS equates to 23% of USA Recruiting Command’s married couples, which is consistent with assessments of potential demand for counseling. Also available to couples in remote areas is the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Program which operates in 206 VA centers in 54 states/territories for military eligibles/Families.
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