DCoE Blog

  • Mom, Psychologist Shares How Laughter Can Strengthen Relationships
    U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Cherry

    Laughing with a service member, family member or friend can be a fun and healthy way to connect. Julie Kinn, deputy director of the National Center of Telehealth and Technology Mobile Health Program, shares a family experience that makes her laugh until this day in a recent AfterDeployment blog post.

    Laughing about shared circumstances builds a sense of connection. Just be sure the shared memory is one that everyone finds funny (and not one that will make someone feel embarrassed or ashamed).

  • AfterDeployment: A PTSD Love Story
    Photo courtesy of AfterDeployment

    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect the entire family unit. In addition to those with PTSD needing the support and encouragement of their family to get the help they need to recover, family members also experience their own challenges. AfterDeployment recently published an article and video series telling the story of Toby, an Army lieutenant colonel returning from Iraq showing signs of PTSD, and his wife Susan.


  • Military Parents Resources for Kids
    Military family celebrating homecoming

    Military life can be challenging for the children of service members, but it can be easier. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology shares resources for parents and kids to help tackle their worries in its latest blog post.

    If you’re a parent, you worry about your children and how to take care of them. If you are a military parent, you have additional worries:

  • Single? Deployed? These Relationship Tips are Helpful No Matter What Your Status Is
    U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd

    Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations. But if you’re a member of the military — or loved one of a service member — the holiday can bring a mix of emotions. Some relationships face the obstacles of military life, while others face deployment. Some people have no romantic relationship. No matter what your status is, there’s a relationship resource available for you.

    Military Couples

    The life of a service member is hectic at times and maintaining relationships can get difficult. Taking time to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day can help keep your significant other’s heart close and your relationship resilient. These resources can help you keep your relationship and communication strong throughout the year:

    • Find fun activities: Positive Activity Jackpot mobile app from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology will help you find something fun for you and your date to do in your area.
  • Sending Your Child Back to School after Concussion
    Mother walking children across the street in crosswalk
    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul S. Martinez

    Although summer isn’t quite over, many kids are shifting attention to the upcoming school year. If you are a parent, you’ve most likely started back-to-school prep: shopping for new clothes, buying school supplies and organizing new daily routines. While you’re thinking ahead, don’t forget to plan for any special needs for your child who may have experienced a summer head injury. A common injury that affects school performance is concussion. 

    A concussion is a jolt or blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Children often get them by falling down, running into things, getting struck by objects or playing sports. A concussion can cause cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms. Your child might report symptoms like headaches, dizziness, blurry vision or trouble paying attention. If you have any concerns, seek medical attention promptly.

  • Clinician’s Corner: Journal Highlights Health Needs of Women in Combat
    Military Medicine - Women in Combat supplement to volume 181 number 1

    We are living in a time of great change. Change offers us many opportunities for positive growth. At the same time, change may create unanswerable questions, generate heated discussions or even produce anxiety in those impacted most by the change.

    Military Integration Changes

    The Defense Department has seen a number of significant changes related to structure and mission. Notably, in 2013, the secretary of defense rescinded the 1994 Direct Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, which had previously closed many combat-related military occupational specialties to female service members. This decision raised questions about the best ways to integrate women into these positions and focused attention on the physical and psychological health needs of all military females.

    In the spring of 2014, the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs hosted the Women in Combat Symposium. More than 90 policy makers, researchers and service members from across the Defense Department examined women-in-combat issues related to fitness and health, operational, environmental, community and cultural factors. DCoE helped shape the symposium’s content and dialogue. My colleagues and I facilitated group discussions about the psychological health needs, resilience, and overall well-being of women in combat positions.