North Carolina has the fourth-largest number of active duty military personnel in the United States. About one-third of North Carolina’s population is connected to the military—either through direct service or as a family member—and more than 100,000 North Carolina children have parents who are active-duty service members of in the National Guard or reserves. North Carolina ranks fifth nationally in the number of military retirees and ninth in the number of veterans residing in the state.
The North Carolina General Assembly established a task force to examine the mental and behavioral health problems experienced by military personnel and their families. Medical reports show that increasing numbers of service members returning from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan have significant physical injuries and mental health and behavioral health challenges. Almost half of all veterans who served in Iraqi and Afghanistan report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression, affective psychoses, neurotic disorders, suicidal ideation, and drug and alcohol dependence.
Military families are also affected by the deployment cycle. Children and spouses of service members experience emotional and behavioral health problems more often than their counterparts in the general population.
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions is committed to sharing the task force’s findings and providing information for veterans, their families and our partners who provide services to these individuals.
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