ICF has worked with the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal and state agencies using its research-to-practice model to accomplish its missions and to maintain the well-being of military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Since the start of America’s post–9/11 military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, military families have been the subject of increasing interest and attention. The recognition of the sacrifices they have made has led to unprecedented research, advocacy, and programmatic and policy initiatives. Yet, despite considerable investment in family support, especially during key transition periods (e.g., post deployment reunion), certain subgroups—such as those who assume substantial and often long-term caregiving following the injury of their service member—still report facing considerable challenges during the reintegration period. These challenges could be addressed in part by the findings and recommendations from recent research on military family deployments and reunions.