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About the Study

father-and-sun-by-lakeExisting studies show that violent death of young adults common to military duty-related deaths often result in high intensity and long duration of grief. Preliminary findings from the on-going and seminal National Military Family Bereavement Study show that a large portion of participating bereaved military family members describe continued grief-related challenges, often years after the death of their loved ones.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University (USU) and Columbia University have been awarded a collaborative $3-million, four-year grant by the Department of Defense Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) to support the development and testing of an innovative, mobile and web application designed to help military family members and friends who have experienced the death of a servicemember to better manage their grief reactions. This online program will be pilot-tested with content experts, community partners, and end users, and then be studied in a randomized controlled trial to test its effectiveness.