Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to talk openly about a topic that we should all be concerned about, sexual assault and harassment of U.S. military members. Sexual assault not only devastates the individual who is harmed, but it also hurts unit esprit de corps and the morale of everyone involved, and critically impairs the mission of the Department of Defense (DoD).
Family & caregivers
Following the recent shooting that took the lives of three dedicated mental health employees at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, military communities throughout the country may be struggling to understand how and why such a tragedy could have transpired at a counseling center for veterans. Watching the event play out on the news and hearing about it repeatedly may have produced anxiety, raised fears, and even challenged individuals’ assumptions about their communities and the safety of their workplaces.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) began realignment under the Defense Health Agency Oct. 1 as part of the ongoing Military Health System transformation. The change is one example of the progress DHA is making to meet the current health care needs of the military community.
“This is a positive thing,” said Dr. Richard Stoltz, acting DCoE director. “We are consolidating our efforts and nesting our expertise to manage programs, develop resources, and execute research more effectively. This effort is a great benefit to our warfighters.”
This realignment supports the DHA quadruple aim – the agency’s overall effort to provide better health, better care, lower costs, and improved military readiness.