A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families

Lessons for the Leaders of Tomorrow

  • Linda Hughes-Kirchubel
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
  • David S. Riggs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    Pages 1-10
  3. Federal Government

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Rory M. Brosius
      Pages 13-27
    3. Barbara Thompson, Keisha M. Bailey
      Pages 29-46
    4. Jillian Bourque, Christopher Forsythe, Brian Gilman, Christian Johnson, Robin Johnson, Sean Jones et al.
      Pages 63-77
  4. Industries, Associations and Education

  5. States and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Michael L. Gravens, Mary M. Keller
      Pages 207-222
    3. Koby Langley, Leah Barber
      Pages 223-232
    4. Linda Hughes-Kirchubel, Elizabeth Cline Johnson
      Pages 233-245
  6. Knowledge Generation and Dissemination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Stephen J. Cozza, Leanne K. Knobloch, Abigail H. Gewirtz, Ellen R. DeVoe, Lisa A. Gorman, Eric M. Flake et al.
      Pages 265-287
    3. Terri Tanielian, Thomas E. Trail, Nida Corry
      Pages 303-321
    4. Karen G. Jowers, Patricia N. Kime
      Pages 333-349
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 351-361

About this book


This unique reference integrates knowledge culled from fifteen years of US deployments to create an action plan for supporting military and veteran families during future conflicts. Its innovative ideas stretch beyond designated governmental agencies (e.g., Department of Defense, VA) to include participation from, and possible collaborations with, the business/corporate, academic, advocacy, and philanthropic sectors. Contributors identify ongoing and emerging issues affecting military and veteran families and recommend specific strategies toward expanding and enhancing current programs and policy. This proactive agenda also outlines new directions for mobilizing the research community, featuring strategies for addressing institutional challenges and improving access to critical data.

Included in the coverage: 

  • Lessons learned inside the Pentagon.
  • Merging reintegration streams for veterans and military families.
  • The unique role of professional associations in assisting military families: a case study.   
  • Philanthropy for military and veteran families: challenges past, recommendations for tomorrow.
  • Rules of engagement: media coverage of military families during war.   
  • Designing and implementing strategic research studies to support military families.

A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families is of immediate usefulness to leaders, professionals, and future professionals in interdisciplinary academic, governmental, advocacy, and philanthropic areas of focus interested in the theoretical, practical, and real-life concerns and needs of military-affiliated families.


Supporting Military Families Programs for Veterans Military Deployment Policies for Military Families Military Psychology Veteran Benefits Transitioning into Civilian Life Veteran Policy Military Social Work

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Hughes-Kirchubel
    • 1
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    • 2
  • David S. Riggs
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMilitary Family Research Institute College of Health and Human Sciences Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesMilitary Family Research Institute, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medical and Clinical PsychologyUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA

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