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About the Study


Participating families will receive:

  • Compensation in the form of a Visa gift card provided to non-military partners and eligible children after the completion of each interview.
  • The opportunity to share with other military families what works and doesn’t work after combat injury.
  • Being supported for a full 2 years. This involves providing additional support for various challenges and checking in regularly with family members. Further, staff will provide additional support to parents by notifying them of any child distress presented during the 2-year period.
  • Connection to local military and community-based resources through a location-specific Resource Guide. Resources listed range from health care providers, to rental properties, to babysitting services.
  • Access to a participant-only web site with even more resources and informational fact sheets.

Families selected to participate in the family skill-building sessions will also receive:

  • Access to FOCUS-CI World, an interactive gaming web site.
  • Skill-building sessions focusing on communication, how to seek help when it is needed, redefining family roles and responsibilities, solving problems, and how to handle emotional reactions to the injury. 


The goals of the FOCUS-CI—Families OverComing Under Stress: Combat Injury—study are:

  • to evaluate the effects of combat injuries on all members of a family: the Injured Service Member/Veteran, Partner, and Children,
  • to shed light on the recovery of injured individuals and how they and their families may best be helped over time,
  • to learn if a new program we created will strengthen families and help them learn new skills to deal with the challenges they are facing, and
  • to provide a forum for service members and families to confidentially share whatever successes and challenges they have experienced while adjusting to a combat injury. 


Conducted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, FOCUS-CI is being implemented at:

  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and surrounding DC, VA, and MD metro areas
  • San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and surrounding San Antonio metro areas, and
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill), and surrounding metro areas.

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