Thursday, September 27, 2012

DOD to study impact of troops' death on family members

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Defense Department is looking for participants to take part in a study of how a servicemember’s death impacts surviving family members.

The National Military Family Bereavement Study is a five-year project that will examine emotional impact, loss of benefits, level of community support, and how bereavement changes over time in hopes that researchers can learn from grieving post-9/11 military families to enact better survivor care policy, researchers said Tuesday in a Defense Department news release.

The study is being conducted by the Defense Department’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is the first large-scale scientific bereavement study to focus on the impact the death of a servicemember has on their family, the release said. The study was funded by the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program through the university’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in Bethesda, Md.

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