Champion veterans, military, and their families

Many of the most pressing and challenging issues that veterans, military populations, and their families face are trauma-related. CTIPP supports policies and practices that promote the cultivation of service and community environments that foster awareness, resilience, healing, and recovery among veterans, military populations, and their families.

CTIPP SUPPORTS:

  • Provide assistance connecting those transitioning from military to civilian life to supportive services (e.g., acquiring stable housing, receiving needed mental and behavioral health services, employment procurement, family reintegration, etc.)

  • Implement trauma-informed approaches to address the disproportionate representation of veterans and those who have engaged with military service among unhoused populations, people who experience substance use-related challenges, and those who experience and/or perpetuate further violence, trauma, and adversity in civilian life

  • Require trauma-informed training that includes content on intercultural competence to improve experiences and outcomes for military personnel and veterans belonging to groups who often endorse discrimination, bias, and other adverse/traumatic experiences due to their identities, social location, and/or other cultural factors (E.G.., LGBTQIA+, women, religious minorities, racial or ethnic identity, etc.)

  • Increase access to trauma-informed individual and group interventions for veterans, military personnel, and their families

  • Ensure active duty military personnel have access to quality supports demonstrated to mitigate the impacts of war and other types of trauma exposure commonly endorsed among such populations

  • Expand and fund community-based programming and peer support opportunities to familiar active-duty military personnel as well as returning service members and veterans

  • Increase education on (and transparency around) trauma experiences and other potential military challenges for those preparing to serve and their families

  • Increase reporting mechanisms and trauma-informed support to prevent and address the pervasive problem of military sexual assault

  • Fund continued research to explore the efficacy of holistic physical, spiritual, social, mental, and behavioral health supports for veteran and military populations as well as their families

  • Expand reimbursement for evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising trauma-informed and trauma-specific interventions among those who have healthcare through Veterans Affairs

  • Ensure that DoDEA embeds trauma-informed support systems for children and their families