FRA Launches Survey of Military Mental Health ConcernsAlexandria, VA – The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) has just posted its latest online survey – this one’s focused on military mental health concerns. Service members and their families are facing tremendous pressures, evidenced by increased divorce and suicide rates. There are numerous resources available for service members who are experiencing stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns, yet many are hesitant to seek help. Active duty and Reserve personnel are invited to visit www.fra.org/survey to take this very brief survey and share their views on the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Affairs efforts to de-stigmatize programs designed to help. We’ll include survey results in the next edition of OnWatch (www.fra.org/onwatch) and share the results with senior enlisted leaders, as well as lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The current edition of OnWatch that highlights the pros and cons of online education, as well as the results of FRA’s last survey on the subject, are now available at www.fra.org/onwatch. About FRA FRA is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization representing the interests of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition to its advocacy work on Capitol Hill in support of enlisted personnel, FRA sponsors a national Americanism Essay Contest and assists its members with disaster relief grants. The Association has recently established the FRA Education Foundation that solicits contributions to support scholarship awards to deserving college students. Established in 1924, the Association was named after the Navy's policy of transferring personnel to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after 20 or more years of active duty, but less than the 30 years required for retirement purposes. Although the membership requirements have changed as the Association has evolved, its purpose – to preserve and enhance military pay, benefits and quality-of-life programs – has remained constant for more than 85 years. As the collective voice for all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard enlisted personnel, FRA speaks effectively on behalf of its members on Capitol Hill and is widely recognized as a leading organization there and within the military and veterans’ community.
Posted: October 20, 2010
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