Issues & Advocacy

Enhanced Study of Mental-health Issues Affecting the Reserve Component

National Guardsmen and Reservists face unique mental-health challenges compared to active-component service members, such as limited access to timely, quality care and programs tailored to reserve-component operational needs.


  • Congress expanded TRICARE benefits for behavioral and mental health, as well as indefinitely extended a service member’s ability to make medical claims for injuries, including:
    * Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression or other physiological, psychological and/or behavioral diagnose
  • A feasibility study to develop a pilot program on the mental-health readiness of reserve-component service members was authorized by the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.