The Military Families Initiative, a BigMarker community, was created in November 2013 by nonprofit ChildServ as an outlet for active service members and veterans, but also with a heavy emphasis on the close friends and family who care about them. This online community operates under the idea that anyone with a military background or tie can come together in a safe, supportive environment, to learn about the various issues that face these Americans, and how to better support one another. The community hosts live web conferences led by various subject matter experts on a rotating list of topics that face the U.S. armed forces.
Next week, the Military Families Initiative is back with their first BigMarker web conference of the year, following two successful web events back in December. On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM (CDT), Outreach Psychologist Eric Proescher, Psy.D., of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago will host the free web conference, “Transitional War Skills to Home: Understanding Readjustment.”
Dr. Proescher will discuss some of the immense difficulties that service members face when they return home from deployment, and how hard some veterans find it readjusting to civilian life. From severe familial issues to the high risk of depression or substance abuse, most people who have never served themselves can’t possibly understand what it’s like to go from the high-stress environment that a deployment can cause, to “normal life.”
In preparation for the upcoming web conference, BigMarker and the Military Families Initiative have prepared a brief infographic to preview what kinds of serious risks veterans face when returning home from a deployment, information that will hopefully encourage friends and families of these veterans to work to create an especially safe and supportive environment for soldiers to come home to.
Space is limited for this free web conference on March 12. Reserve your spot on BigMarker here.Read More