Veterans’ families play a critical role in the story of veterans in Australia.†Family members can be affected by the veteran’s service and are often fundamental to the veteran’s re-integration following deployments and separation from military service.
The importance of successful re-integration of families separated by deployments cannot be overstated.†Despite some common challenges, supportive couple and family relationships contribute to the long term wellbeing and mental health of veterans and their families.
As a family inclusive organisation, VVCS recognises the importance of engaging family members to address the potential impacts of mental health concerns, and military service, on VVCS clients and their families.
The role of partners of veterans and serving members is crucial to the health of the veteran and their partner as well as their broader family.†Partners of deployed members may experience mental health concerns similar to those of veterans. At the same time, evidence suggests that supportive family relationships can play a major role in recovery from service related mental health concerns.
VVCS can support veterans and partners together or partners alone, to best meet the needs of both. VVCS is also here to support War Widow[er]s as they work through grief and other issues associated with the death of a partner.
If you’re a partner of a veteran, and feel you may benefit from VVCS support, please check your eligibility for VVCS.
Children experience military deployments through their serving parents, as absence and potentially, the effects of trauma, can impact on even the best parental intentions.†A child of a veteran may experience the loss of the parent they ‘knew’ and have a veteran parent who is preoccupied and distant from them, or who can be unpredictable and volatile.†These factors may contribute to psychological and behavioural challenges for some children of military families.
VVCS can work with the parents and children as a family unit and directly support older children of veterans with the consent of their parents.
Visit the AT EASE website for more information about veterans and their families.
The Defence Community Organisation also offers useful resources for serving families.
If you’re a child of a veteran, and feel you may benefit from VVCS support, please check your eligibility for VVCS.