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Female Service Members at War: Unique Experiences of Deployment and Reintegration

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“Social workers should be focused on female service members and female veterans in particular because their needs may be a little different than their male counterparts. Their experiences might be a little different than their male counterparts.”

Dr. Jessica Strong

In this episode, our guest Dr. Jessica Strong describes why having a clear understanding of the unique experiences of women’s combat deployment and other military experiences can inform social work practice, policy, and advocacy efforts. Our guest discusses how gender serves as a powerful context for how women talk about their combat experience, for exacerbating an already stressful experience, and for informing women’s reintegration following deployment.

Dr. Jessica Strong

Jessica D. Strong, PhD, LMSW, is an applied research analyst consultant with Blue Star Families, a nonprofit organization dedicated to military families, and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research focuses on military service members, veterans, and their families. She is also an active duty Army spouse.

Interviewer: Lisa Butler, PhD

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