KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The Air Force this month will begin surveying more than 200,000 active-duty airmen, reservists, civilians and spouses on topics ranging from personal and family adjustment issues to post-traumatic stress and the stigma associated with seeking help.

The 2011 Air Force Community Assessment is intended to help chaplains and those working in the fields of family advocacy, family readiness, mental health, child and youth, and health and wellness to better meet the needs of servicemembers and families, an Air Force news release said.

Participants will be randomly selected. Starting Jan. 25, a notification letter including a link to the Web-based survey will be sent to the work e-mail address of each servicemember selected to participate. Spouses will be sent a postcard in the mail with the Web link. About 160,000 active-duty members, 40,000 reservists, 160,000 spouses of active-duty members, 10,000 spouses of reservists and all appropriated-fund civilians will be asked to participate.

The survey, in its 20th year, will be available through March 25 and is anonymous.

Previous survey results are credited with expanding financial counseling programs, developing a support network for Air Force single parents, and setting up marriage-support seminars.

From staff reports

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