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Families’ Financial Pain Easing Slightly, but Mental Health and Education Concerns Remain

Posted on Apr 21, 2020 06:57 pm

More than one-third of military family members with no history of depression or anxiety report such symptoms at this point in the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest results of the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative’s rolling Pain Points Poll.

Almost 30% of respondents said the crisis has worsened their prior mental health diagnoses, and the same amount reported no significant change in their mental health.

One DOD civilian reported an “increase in stress and some anxiety. It has improved over the past week or so because of letting go of what I cannot control and taking it day by day.”

Many of the most pressing financial concerns families reported in previous weeks’ results seem to be easing. A quarter of respondents still said this week they will rely on savings or credit cards to make ends meet, down from 43% two weeks ago.

“My husband and I had to resort to using a credit card to pay for groceries, since we had to buy extra for self-isolation purposes during this crisis,” a military spouse reported, “though we’re trying to decrease our debt.”

As more families adapt to in-home schooling, 91% of poll respondents said additional educational resources were needed in their areas.

“I have been unable to properly school my children, because I am considered mission-essential, and my spouse is deployed,” wrote one Air Force spouse.

The psychological toll of COVID-19 on military families is the topic of the next COVID-19 Military Support Initiative Town Hall, scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Register now.

Army photo by Sgt. Zoe Garbarino

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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