Re-entry and reintegration: returning home after combat

Psychiatr Q. Winter 2005;76(4):361-70. doi: 10.1007/s11126-005-4972-z.


Soldier life exists on a continuum of readiness for deployment. Re-entry and reintegration-the return home and reunion with family and community-key the success of the deployment cycle. In current and projected future operations, the Army and society will both bear the burden of this re-entry and re-integration. Programs and procedures in place work towards improving communication, mitigating distress and resolving crises during reentry and reintegration. Key elements include: inclusion of families and communities early into the planning for reentry and reintegration; normalization (non-medicalization of distress); easy access to behavioral health professionals; and education of families on resources and benefits. Through broad collaboration, maximal benefit to the Soldier, family members and society be realized.

MeSH terms

  • Family*
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / supply & distribution*
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Social Support*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • United States