The Army National Guard’s Path to Greater Resilience

December 15, 2010

As the United States approaches its tenth year of war, the Army National Guard is more integral to the United States Army than ever. In response to the toll that multiple deployments and two long and ongoing wars have taken on the National Guard, Army leaders are continuously seeking methods and establishing programs to further support Soldiers and their families. With this in mind, several states have developed comprehensive social support and mental health initiatives. These programs emerged out of a need to deepen Soldier resilience and were prioritized by Army National Guard senior leadership.* States with creative resilience programs include Michigan, Nevada, Nebraska, California, New Hampshire, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Montana and Kansas. More steps to build resilience within the Army National Guard will continue across the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, all sharing the challenge of finding unique solutions to recurring problems such as post-traumatic stress and suicide among Soldiers.