By Jake Chappelle, 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published April 17, 2015
Air Force's pre-deployment screening process does its best to ensure Airmen are medically prepared to deploy. Air Force Reserve Command is making sure the influx of Citizen Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to various locations this summer are taken care of the best they can. (U.S. Air Force file photo/Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace)
Are these odds the same among Air Force reservists who spend most of their time as civilians?
When it comes to suicides, risk factors involving drinking and substance abuse, relationship and marriage, disciplinary (UCMJ and legal) action, dishonorable discharges from the military, too little or too strong a faith, aren't included in these findings, said Carl Supplee, 446th Force Support Squadron, Airmen & Family Readiness director. However, they're significant amid reservists.
"I received (resources) to support our increased deployment numbers," he said. "This is AFRC's effort in trying to mitigate the stresses of deployments on reservists, and their families by providing more chaplain availability."
Allegre, Morrow, and Supplee agreed reservists should spend as much time with groups of people who'll listen them, or who can relate to their experiences.