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The Experience of Reintegration for Military Families and Implications for DoD

This is a free professional development webinar presented by MFLN Family Transitions

Over 2.6 million members of the United States military have deployed in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Although most Service members are resilient and do not develop long-term difficulties, some face traumatic events and experience mental and/or physical health problems upon homecoming. Further, military deployments affect not only the Service members, but their families as well. This webinar will outline the current research, existing and emerging topics military families face during reintegration. In addition the Office of Family Policy will provide a brief interpretation of how these findings may impact programs and policies.



  • Summarize the current research related to reintegration

  • Discuss new and emerging topics relevant to reintegrating service members and their families

  • Provide updated information about existing reintegration topics

  • Provide a DoD interpretation of how these finding will impact programs and policy



Dr. Lynne Borden is a Professor and Head of the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Center for Research and Outreach (REACH Lab). The University of Minnesota REACH Lab is a premier Center focused on conducting applied research and evaluation to inform the design and implementation of community and systems strategies to enhance the lives of children, youth, and families.

Work within the REACH Lab includes Military REACH, a project of the DoD/USDA Military Extension Partnership. Military REACH utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach integrating both research and outreach to support those who work with and on behalf of military families. Military REACH provides empirical research that identifies and addresses key issues impacting military families and the programs that serve them, offer outreach and professional development through online resources, and host a Live Learning Lab for program staff seeking constructive professional development feedback for their programs.


Ms. LaFollette has held various positions in Family Programs beginning at the Installation, serving at two Regions, a Headquarters element and an Army Staff element prior to moving to the Office of Secretary of Defense, Office of Family Readiness Policy in 2014.

While employed by the Army she worked various programs within the Military and Family Support Center to include: Family Advocacy Program, New Parent Support Program, Victim Advocacy, SHARP, Exceptional Family Member Program, Army Family team Building, Army.

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