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Volume 48 Number 10, 2011
   Pages 1145 — 1158

Abstract — Using military friendships to optimize postdeployment reintegration for male Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veterans

Ramon Hinojosa, PhD;1* Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, PhD2

1Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Gainesville, FL; 2Institute for Child Health Policy, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Abstract — Social relationships are important to health outcomes. The postdeployment family reintegration literature focuses on the role of the civilian family in facilitating the transition from Active Duty military deployment to civilian society. The focus on the civilian family relationship may miss other important personal connections in veterans’ lives. One such connection is the relationship many veterans have with former military unit members who served with them when deployed. Drawing on interviews with male Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veterans conducted from 2008 to 2009, we argue that the members of a military unit, especially during armed conflict, should be considered a resource to help the “family” reintegration process rather than impede it. This research has implications for current reintegration policy and how best to assist veterans transitioning into civilian society.
Key words: clinical resources, community reintegration, emotional support, family reintegration, Grounded Theory Method, male, mental health, military friendships, qualitative research, reintegration, social support, veterans.

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Hinojosa R, Hinojosa MS. Using military friendships to optimize postdeployment reintegration for male Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(10):1145–58.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.08.0151
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