Military and Veteran Community
At Responsibility.org, we know that supporting service members and veterans
is more than saying
“Thank you for Your Service”
We believe it’s our responsibility to support them with tips and tools as they bravely serve our Nation
and when they transition back into our communities after service
The medical field’s knowledge and America’s military thinking on mental health illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury, and more have improved significantly over the last decade. But the veteran suicide rate increased by more than 25 percent in that same period. Making matters worse, only about half of returning vets who need treatment for mental health issues actually seek care.
The stigma around mental health issues, especially among the service-member and veteran community, is too great — and the resources available to them are too lacking.
We want to help change that. We’re committed to assisting service members, veterans, and their families with information and resources to encourage responsible alcohol consumption for those of legal drinking age who choose to drink. To start, we are sharing our "Prevent Underage Drinking," "End Drunk Driving," and "Drink Responsibly" programs and resources with individuals, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and Military & Veteran Service Organizations.
Responsibility.org stands together with service members, veterans, and their families.
We appreciate the sacrifices you and your families have made and thank you for your extraordinary service.
While most service members and veterans have successfully transitioned back into their communities without issues related to alcohol misuse, the stress of life in the military and exposure to traumatic experiences can lead to unhealthy alcohol use.
Know the Facts
The 2018 Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Survey of Active-Duty Military Personnel reported a number of positive statistics such as:
66% of service members did not report that they engaged in binge drinking
90.2% did not report that they drank heavily
93.8% did not report experiencing one or more serious consequences from alcohol consumption
That said, Responsibility.org knows that research has indicated that many who have served since September 11, 2001 (OIF/OEF) have challenges related to responsible alcohol use. That’s why we have sprung into action to share what we know.
High levels of combat exposure confer greater risk of problematic alcohol use; those with high combat exposure are more likely to engage in heavy and binge drinking relative to other military personnel.3
Resposibility.org Is Contributing To Support Our Military And Veteran Community
Service Members and Veterans
Help yourself and your battle buddies make a lifetime of responsible alcohol choices.