Blue Star Families just released the 2017 Military Lifestyle Survey. The results found that the majority of service members and their spouses are satisfied with military life, but family cohesion is the top concern facing Massachusetts active duty servicemembers and their spouses. The time spent away from family was the number one issue they face, with child education and the impact of constant deployments residing near the top of their issues.
The survey gives new credence to an old Army saying that you "enlist a soldier and re-enlist a family."
The survey is billed as the most comprehensive survey of active-duty troops, veterans and their families. It involved nearly 8,000 respondents across all services.
According to the survey results, the impact on family is the top reason given by those planning to leave active duty in the next two years.
It's the first time in eight years that family impact has placed first in that question.
According to the survey, 51 percent of respondents feel they don't belong in their communities, 40 percent spent more than six months away from their families in the past 18 months and 24 percent have been diagnosed with depression.
Officials said the survey shows that the nation has a responsibility to better support military families and caregivers.
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