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Examining Truth in Military Service Outcomes: Dispelling Myths in Military and Veteran Health

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March 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Dr. Sam Cacace is an interpersonal social psychologist with expertise in experimental and quantitative psychology, military psychology and group dynamics. For the last four years, she has examined social factors that impact well-being and health in military service members. Now, at the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University, she is working to connect military families, service members, and veterans to community resources and enhance quality of life through research and engagement. 

In the United States, we lose an average of 22 veterans per day to suicide. While this startling number is a reality, the causes behind it are not as apparent. It’s assumed that combat-related post-traumatic stress is a primary cause to the loss of so many service members’ lives. However, the data behind military suicide, clinical depression and drug use suggest otherwise, in that most suicides in post-Vietnam service members occur in personnel who never deployed or engaged in combat theater. During the talk, we will explore other possibilities that affect well-being, discuss comparable social factors in service members and civilians, and pathways towards solutions to these issues in line with the history and current environment of U.S. military service.




March 22

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Poe Hall, Room 512
2310 Katherine Stinson Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States

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Hannah Javidi
Social and Behavioral Health Organization