Enhanced Study of Mental–health Issues Affecting the Reserve Component


The Issue

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.

The Fix

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 disorders

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.