Texas National Guard and Reserve Members and Veterans: Post-Deployment and Reintegration Problems and the Services to Meet those Needs
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The purpose of this research is to review key literature on National Guard and Reserve (NGR) service members and veterans who have returned from combat deployments in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom [OEF]) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom [OIF]). This is in an effort to describe the major issues pertinent to this population and to identify the services readily available to address these areas of concern. Subsequently, this information was used to develop a handbook identifying easily accessible organizations in Texas that strive to reduce and alleviate the effects of war on NGR service members and veterans. This initiative should facilitate the successful reintegration of this population coming from a combat deployment setting and returning to the civilian world. The issues and services are classified in a conceptual framework of descriptive categories. Document analysis is used to analyze pertinent source documents, including scholarly literature and Internet websites on post-deployment and reintegration services available to NGR service members and veterans in Texas.