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A research study examining military experiences (including deployment experiences) of those who have served (or are currently serving) is being conducted by Dr. Steven L. Lancaster, a professor at Drake University. This online survey assesses experiences with stressful life events (including military events, such as combat exposure), current mental health experiences, coping skills, and thoughts related to these events and how your time in the military has affected you. If you are a military veteran who is 18 years or older, you are eligible to participate.

The survey is completely anonymous and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle drawing for a $50 online gift certificate to awarded to 6 randomly selected participants. The drawing database is maintained separately from, and is not in any way connected to, survey information submitted; therefore your participation will remain anonymous. If you would like to participate in this research study, please follow the link below.

This will take you to a consent form and questionnaire. You will have a chance to enter the raffle after completing the questionnaire.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for protection of human subjects at Drake University.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to eligible friends/colleagues/military members you know who may wish to participate. Thank you in advance for your help with this project. Results will be published in a scientific journal with the goal of better understanding the post-deployment experience of military service members.


Read a recent newspaper article about the Primary Investigator of the project.

Helping Children Handle Deployments - Your child's moodiness and behavior during the deployment may be a sign of stress or anxiety. Here's what you can do to help your children handle deployment.

Kids and Journaling - Journaling is a great way to help kids sort out all of the feelings they have when someone they love deploys. Here's how to get started with kids of different ages.

Happiness After Homecoming - Sometimes the greatest deployment challenge is coming together as a family after the homecoming.

Budgeting for Deployment - Are you prepared for the financial changes of deployment? Download this worksheet to help you create a deployment budget.

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