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Public-academic partnerships: working together to meet the needs of Army National Guard soldiers: an academic-military partnership.
Dalack GW, Blow AJ, Valenstein M, Gorman L, Spinner J, Marcus S, Kees M, McDonough S, Greden JF, Ames B, Francisco B, Anderson JR, Bartolacci J, Lagrou R. Public-academic partnerships: working together to meet the needs of Army National Guard soldiers: an academic-military partnership. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2010 Nov 1; 61(11):1069-71.
The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have greatly increased the number of veterans returning home with combat exposure, reintegration issues, and psychiatric symptoms. National Guard soldiers face additional challenges. Unlike active duty soldiers, they do not return to military installations with access to military health services or peers. The authors describe the formation and activities of a partnership among two large state universities in Michigan and the Michigan Army National Guard, established to assess and develop programming to meet the needs of returning soldiers. The process of forming the partnership and the challenges, opportunities, and benefits arising from it are described.