In combat, service members develop unique skills and habits that allow them to function effectively in this stressful environment. Each service member needs time to transition back to his/her family and community since those combat habits and skills can create challenges in civilian life. Just as it took time to develop the combat habits, it takes time to stop using them.
The service member may not be aware of having these habits or using these skills. Some people make this readjustment on their own while others find assistance helpful.
Combat Stress Intervention Program
The Combat Stress Intervention Program is a three-year, Department of Defense funded research grant to examine the mental health needs of Reserve and National Guard veterans from rural Southwestern Pennsylvania returning from deployments supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). CSIP and its research partners at Conemaugh Health Systems, Highlands Hospital, and Clemson University will investigate ways to reduce barriers to mental health care. Additionally, the program will engage mental health care providers, family members, and the general community to help them to understand how they can better serve the veteran population.
This site was developed to provide basic information for service members, their families and the general community to raise the overall level of awareness so people know where and how to find help to help our nation's service members make a successful transition back into civilian life after experiencing combat. This is a mission where failure simply is not an option.