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Maryland National Guard (MDNG) Reintegration Initiative. LTC Michael Gafney. REINTEGRATION. Maryland National Guard Armories Deploying Soldiers. Elkton. Pikesville. Frederick`. Edgewood. Towson. Dundalk. White Oak. Glen Burnie. Annapolis. Easton. REINTEGRATION.

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Maryland National Guard(MDNG)Reintegration Initiative

LTC Michael Gafney


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REINTEGRATION

Maryland National Guard Armories Deploying Soldiers

Elkton

Pikesville

Frederick`

Edgewood

Towson

Dundalk

White Oak

Glen Burnie

Annapolis

Easton


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REINTEGRATION

The road home is longer, steeper and tougher and the numbers are in.

  • [From the DOD Task Force of Mental Health, June 2007 Report]

  • At 90-120 days after re-deployment 49% of National Guard Soldiers report psychological symptoms

  • Within 12 months 10-25% have clinically significant PTSD

  • 30-35% of soldiers who return to college drop out in the first semester

  • Within 12 months 20% plan to separate or divorce

  • In an anonymous survey of 292 returning National Guardsman:

    • 36 percent reported relationship problems with spouse and children;

    • 27 percent reported significant depression;

    • 24 percent reported alcohol abuse; and

    • 43 percent reported problems with anger and aggression.

    • From Minnesota Reintegration Program:

    • 10% of returning soldiers are unemployed or underemployed 15% more are unemployed or underemployed by 60 days

    • Each returning soldier impacts

    • 12 Family members

    • 40 Co workers, friends, acquaintances.


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PURPOSE

Educate and Empower Reserve Components, Families & Communities to successfully transition from Warrior to Citizen-Soldier by providing information, services, referral and proactive outreach opportunities for RC service members and families throughout the entire deployment cycle:

Phase 1: Upon Alert

Phase 2: During Deployment

Phase 3: After Deployment (Reintegration)


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REINTEGRATION

  • All combat veterans experience combat

    Operational stress.

    - The majority of combat veterans handle their stress very well.

    - A significant minority develop PTSD and require extensive help.

    - ”IF YOU WENT TO WAR AND WEREN’T CHANGED, YOU WERE CRAZY BEFORE YOU LEFT.”

COMBAT STRESS


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Mandatory

Soldier Funding

On Base

On-Base Medical

On-Base Support

Families in Proximity

Voluntary – Restricted

Unfunded

23 Counties,

3 Municipalities,

84 Communities

VA/Limited TRICARE

1-800 # or Civilian

300 mile separation

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Fort Riley

“Ft Maryland”

vs


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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

  • Reunion is an event, after which we remove the yellow ribbon

MD

  • Reintegration is a process that

  • Requires training before, during

  • and beyond the yellow ribbon

BEYOND THE

YELLOW RIBBON


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Force Activation

  • From Citizen Soldier to Warrior

    • From Security to Insecurity

    • From Safety to Danger

    • From Comfort to Discomfort

    • From Order to Chaos, Law to Lawlessness

    • From Cooperation to Survival

    • From Trust to Mistrust


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REINTEGRATION

  • From Warrior To Citizen

    • From Insecurity To Security

    • From Danger To Safety

    • From Chaos To Order

    • From Discomfort To Comfort

    • From Survival To Thriving

    • From Mistrust To Trust


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MISSION

The MDNG will train and resource every combat veteran and their family, for a safe, healthy and successful reintegration into their community, school and job following deployment.


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TAG’s INTENT

Every unit will support every soldier, and their family, throughout the entire deployment cycle (Pre-deployment, Deployment, Demobilization, Reintegration).

“LOOK ‘EM IN THE EYE”


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OBJECTIVES

  • Every MDNG combat veteran, and their family is able to successfully deal with the effects of combat operational stress.

  • Every Maryland community with a NG armory, will be trained to help combat veterans and families successfully deal with the effects of combat operational stress.

  • Under the Governor’s leadership, a coalition of Federal, State, County and local agencies are networked to assist combat veterans and their families.


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Combat Operations

PreDeployment/

PreCombat Training

Family Readiness Group Training

Equipped for Successful Reintegration

Support

Support

De-Mob Site

Continuous

Reintegration Training

for

Community, Faith-Based and Educational Institutions

Phase 1

Training

Support

Phase 4

Training

Support

Reintegration Training Cycle

Support

Phase 3

Training

Phase 2 Training


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PreDeployment/PreCombatTraining

Purpose: Train soldiers and families to recognize, address and treat both combat stress and stress at home

Conducted within 60 DAYS of Deployment/Mobilization

Bullet Proof Mind

Seminars

Families Fears, Worries and Concerns

How to Cope with Deployment

Relaxation Techniques

Service Providers

-MDNG Outreach (DHMH)

-State Surgeon

-Mental Health (MDNG, MDDF)


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Combat OperationsTraining

Purpose: Provide ongoing training on the Effects of combat operational stress.

Ongoing Training Provided During Combat Operations

Combat Stress Control Training

Topics

De-Briefings

MDNG Reintegration Training

Service Providers

-Chaplain

-Combat Stress Control Team

-Psychologist


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Family Reintegration Academies

Purpose: To empower and resource families so they can address the effects of combat operational stress and reintegration issues.

Conducted within 45 Days before Unit returns to the United States

Targeted Audience

Workshops

-Spouses

-Parents

-Significant Others

-Children

-Combat Stress

-Making Marriage Work

-Reconnecting Soldiers with their Children

-Parenting a Single Soldier

-Coping With Extended Deployments

-Veterans Administration

-MD DVA

-Returning to Work – ESGR/DLLR

-Tricare

-Military OneSource

-FAC/JAG/Taxes


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Phase 1 Training

Purpose: Connect soldiers to service providers who can assist them in overcoming the challenges of reintegration through briefings and a workshop format

AND

-Enroll every soldier in the VA (1010EZ)

-Inform soldier of their Veterans Benefits

Conducted at Demobilization site immediately upon return to United States

BRIEFINGS

-Reintegration Experience

(Combat Veteran)

-Law Enforcement

(Sworn Department)

  • STATIONS/WORKSHOPS

  • MD DVA/State Benefits Rep

  • DLLR/ESGR

  • Chaplain/Taxes

  • VA/Vet Center


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Conducted Approximately 40 DAYS after Initial Event

Phase 2 Reintegration Training

Purpose: Reconnect soldiers and families with service providers through workshops and round-robin stations. Allows for more personal contact with service providers.

BRIEFING

-Battlemind Training II-

WORKSHOPS

-Making Marriage Work- -Single Soldier Challenges-

-Reconnecting With Your Children-

  • STATIONS

    • -TRICARE-MDNG Outreach

    • -Education Benefits-ESGR/DEED

    • -JAG-MD DVA

    • -Taxes-Chaplain

    • -VA Benefits-Unit ADMIN

    • -VA Vet Center-Partners in Care

    • -Military One Source


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Phase 3 Reintegration Training

Purpose: Address negative behaviors related to combat stress.

Conducted Approximately 70 DAYS After Initial Event

BRIEFINGS

-Anger Management (3 hours)

-Chemical Abuse Prevention (1.5 hours)

-Compulsive Behaviors Prevention (1.5 hours)

-Law Enforcement (1 hour)


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Phase 4 Reintegration Training

Purpose: Conduct a thorough Post Deployment Health Re-assessment (PDHRA) of combat veterans.

Conducted Approximately 100 DAYS After Initial Event

TRAINING

PDHRA •• TB Tine

SERVICE PROVIDERS

-MDNG Medical-Veterans Service Organization

-Chaplain-MD State Dept. of Veterans Affairs

-U.S. Dept. of Labor-VA Vets Center Representative

-ESGR-VA Medical Center Representative

-MDDF


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‘Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’ Seminars

Purpose: Educate community leaders about challenges of reintegration, and what they can do to assist combat veterans and their families successfully reintegrate back into the community.

Continuous Community Reintegration Training

SEMINAR TOPICS

-Reintegration Experience

-Challenges of Reintegration

-How to Help Combat Vets

-Helping Families of Combat Vets

TARGET AUDIENCE

-Mayors, Council Members -Clergy

-County Commissioners -Veteran’s Service Organizations

-Medical Professionals -Drinking Establishment Owners

-Licensed Mental Health Providers -Educators


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Faith Based Seminars

Purpose: Assist clergy and lay leaders in their efforts to understand, support and minister to combat veterans and their families.

Continuous Faith Based Reintegration Training

SEMINAR TOPICS

-Partners in Care

-Reintegration Experience

-Challenges of Reintegration

-How to Minister to Combat Vets

-Ministering to Families of Combat Vets

TARGET AUDIENCE

-Clergy -Parish Nurse

-Youth Workers -Faith-Based Organizations

-Para-Church Organizations


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Education Seminars

Purpose: Advise Higher Education administration, faculty and staff on the challenges of reintegration a combat veteran may face and the benefits that are available to veterans when they return to school.

Continuous Educational Institution Training

SEMINAR TOPICS

-Reintegration Experience

-Challenges of Reintegration Within the Classroom

-Education Benefits Available to Veterans

TARGET AUDIENCE

-Administrators -Professors / Instructors

-Counselors -Staff


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Education Seminars to Support Children

Purpose: Advise educators from Pre-K through High

School on deployment and reintegration stress factors on school age children

Continuous Educational Institution Training

SEMINAR TOPICS

-Effects of Stress on Learning

-When a parent or sibling is deployed

Behavioral Changes in a Child: When to Refer

-Reintegration from Combat

TARGET AUDIENCE

-School Administrators -Youth Leaders

-School Guidance Counselors -Sport Coaches


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REINTEGRATION

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Bringing Maryland Soldiers all the way home


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REINTEGRATION

  • From Citizen Soldier to Warrior

    • From Security to Insecurity

    • From Safety to Danger

    • From Comfort to Discomfort

    • From Order to Chaos, Law to Lawlessness

    • From Cooperation to Survival

    • From Trust to Mistrust


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REINTEGRATION

  • From Warrior To Citizen

    • From Insecurity To Security

    • From Danger To Safety

    • From Chaos To Order

    • From Discomfort To Comfort

    • From Survival To Thriving

    • From Mistrust To Trust


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REINTEGRATION

  • Five Critical Challenges Warriors Must Face, Master And Accomplish

    • Overcome Alienation

    • Move from simplicity to complexity

    • Replace war with another form of high

    • Move beyond war and find meaning in life

    • Come to peace with self, God and others


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REINTEGRATION

  • TASK 1

  • Overcome alienation

    • From family

    • From friends

    • From co workers

    • From community


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REINTEGRATION

  • TASK 2

  • Move from simplicity to complexity

    • From self to others

    • From survival to thriving

    • From others thinking for you to responsibility

    • From no choices to overwhelming choices


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REINTEGRATION

  • TASK 3

  • Replace war with another high

    • War is an adventure

    • Nothing in civilian life matches the intensity

    • Speed kills: So do drugs, alcohol, etc…

    • How do you learn to accept life as it is?


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REINTEGRATION

  • TASK 4

  • We were soldiers and young once…but what are we now?

    • We have to find meaning and purpose outside of combat

    • We were someone before war and we will be someone after war

    • Or will be stuck in war forever?


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REINTEGRATION

  • TASK 5

  • Make peace with self, God and others

    • We may have done, or not done things that violate our moral code

    • We participated in the killing of other humans

    • Is there absolution or do we live with guilt, (real, false, survivors) forever?


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REINTEGRATION

  • Welcome us home.

  • Affirm what we did for you.

  • Support us with patience.

  • Encourage us to reengage.

  • Give us opportunities to succeed.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


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WHY REINTEGRATION?

  • Our Warriors deserve no less

  • Because it is the right thing to do

  • In the end, it will save lives

“I WILL NEVER LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE”


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Maryland

MDARNG Family Readiness Group

Maryland Higher Education Commission

Colleges

Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDNG Outreach)

Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

State Police

Department of Revenue

Department of Labor

Maryland Defense Force

Partners in Care

Clergy

REINTEGRATION RESOURCES

Federal

Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Labor

TRICARE

Military One Source

Department of Defense

Counties / local

Mayors, Council members

County Commissioners

Veterans Service Organizations

Educators

Drinking Establishment Owners

School / College Counselors

Professors / Instructors

Licensed Mental Health Professionals


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