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  1. In Module/Week 1’s reading assignment by Bowling and Sherman, the challenges of 4 tasks in reintegration are discussed. Out of these 4, select 1 that you feel may be 1 of the hardest to negotiate and why.
  2. Reintegration and 3 different types of commitment are explored in the article written by Currie, Day and Kelloway. After reading the article, discuss the connection between “affective commitment” and support as it relates to reintegration.
  3. In the YouTube video clips, a wide range of topics were addressed (i.e., survivor’s guilt, anger issues, and the need for a helpful support system, etc.). From those video clips, how many different issues did you discover that military personnel experience? From this list, what services do you see are some of the most important for care-givers?
  4. In the YouTube clip by Dr. Frank Ochberg, “Guidelines for Family and Friends to the Returned Veteran” are discussed. As a care-giver, what guidelines did you hear that you feel that are important to know, communicate with family, friends and the veteran?

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Brooks context:

When I was in basic training, we often heard, “Smoke ‘em of ya got ‘em.”  The rest of us had to go inside.  It was like being punished for not smoking.

I’m reminded of an era when military C-rations included cigarettes.

Then, at some point, the government became aware of how much cigarette-related illnesses were costing, and “suddenly” the military turned anti-smoking.

Gone were the ubiquitous butt cans and heavy glass ashtrays.  I was active duty when this happened.  The public message touted the government’s concern for our health, but we all knew the underlying motivation was fiscal in nature.

Whatever the reason, a significant change—and a good change—occurred.

When I joined the military in 1979, I often heard the phrase, “If the Air Force wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one.”

My, how times changed.

In the early 80s, the military began to recognize that an effective (and happy) military person was directly related to the wellbeing of his or her family.  Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it?  But actually, the military realized that the effectiveness of the military member was directly affected by the well-being of his or her family.

As you proceed, think about the efficacy of family and friends in the lives of vets, especially in terms of transition and reintegration.

For more information:

U.S. Army MWR History. (n.d.).  Retrieved from

Arvey, Sarah R.; Malone, Ruth E. (2008). “Advance and Retreat: Tobacco

Control Policy in the U.S. Military”. Military Medicine. 173: 985–991. doi:10.7205/milmed.173.10.985.

Department of Defense: Report on smoking and health in the military, 1986.

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