Problems with veteran-family communication during operation enduring freedom/operation Iraqi freedom military deployment

Mil Med. 2012 Feb;177(2):191-7. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-10-00385.


Twenty Reserve component (Army and Marines) and Army National Guard male veterans of Operational Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom discuss their deployment and postdeployment family reintegration experiences. A Grounded Theory approach is used to highlight some of the ways in which family miscommunication during deployment can occur. Communication with civilian family members is affected by the needs of operational security, technical problems with communication tools, miscommunication between family members, or because veterans have "nothing new to say" to family back home. These communication difficulties may lead to an initial gulf of understanding between veterans and family members that can cause family strain during postdeployment family reintegration. We end with a discussion of veteran family reintegration difficulties.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Afghan Campaign 2001-
  • Communication*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Iraq
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological
  • United States
  • Veterans / psychology*
  • Young Adult