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Cultural Competence

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Factors that can complicate the challenges faced by National Guard and Reserve families include living far from a military installation, making frequent transitions between military and civilian life, and difficulty accessing social supports and service providers who are familiar with the military culture.

In open-ended responses, National Guard and Reserve family respondents indicated that increasing resources in the community was one of the key ways their local civilian communities could best support them. Reserve family respondents also included improving Tricare/ VA/health care as ways their local civilian communities could best support them. These respondents also noted a desire for increased cultural competence and awareness of the presence of military members and veterans in the community.