Organization news Information/Education Page| Volume 101, ISSUE 5, P927-930, May 2020

Treating Military Spouses in the Private Sector: Education Page and Resources for Health Care Providers

Published:January 28, 2020DOI:
      More than 50% of active duty service members are married, for a total of almost 700,000 military spouses.
      U. S. Department of Defense
      2017 demographics: profile of the military community.
      Domestic partners are undercounted by the Department of Defense but are just as critical as a support system for their service member so they are included under the umbrella term of spouse. Most of the military spouses are women and younger than 40 years.
      U. S. Department of Defense
      2017 demographics: profile of the military community.
      Although about 10% of spouses are also service members, the remaining 90% are civilians who are referred to as dependent (as are their children) in the Department of Defense. However, not all military spouses or partners are dependents in the Department of Defense benefits system.
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