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Blue Star Families survey shows stress over finances, deployments

WASHINGTON – Blue Star Families on Thursday released its fourth annual survey of members, looking at their top stressors and successes. The online poll, which drew more than 5,100 responses, included views from both troops and their spouses.

Officials from Blue Star Families, which advocates on behalf of military spouses and dependents, said the survey helps highlight trends and concerns among troops and their families.

Here’s a look at some of the results, by the numbers:

  • 35% of respondents listed military pay and benefits as their top family concern.
  • 22% listed retirement benefit changes as their top concern.

 

  • 8% listed military suicides as their top concern.
  • 18% of servicemembers said they have considered suicide.
  • 9% of military spouses said they have considered suicide.

 

  • 68% of spouses said military life hurt their ability to have a career.
  • 65% said their families have experienced financial stress in the last year.
  • 12% said the military provided adequate financial education from the military.’

 

  • 75% of respondents the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” has had no impact military missions.
  • 71% said the repeal did not change their desire to attend military social functions.
  • 65% said the repeal has had no impact on morale.

 

  • 72% said they used social media heavily to keep in touch during deployments.
  • 30% said their family sought mental health counseling to deal with deployment stress.

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