MARSOC ‘Halfway House’ Awaits Returning Marines
Frustrated with record suicide increases in 2012, Marine Corps officials say they are seeking ways to preserve their most highly-trained special operations forces
by Amanda Wilcox
Jacksonville Daily News, Aug. 29, 2012
The Marine Special Operations Command has begun implementing a program that gives Marines a few days after a deployment to rest, relax and decompress before returning home to their families.
Third Location Decompression (TLD) occurs at a neutral stateside location to support redeploying units transitioning out of a combat frame-of-mind before seeing their families, MARSOC spokesman Maj. Jeff Landis said in an email to The Daily News.
“This program is designed to provide world-class staff and resources to address the mental, physical and spiritual needs of our Marines and sailors,” Landis said.
“The focus of TLD is to better prepare the Marine/sailor for a rapid transition from combat to daily life at home. The last decade of conflict without pause, has shown this to be a challenge both to the family and the service member.”
A challenge signaled by the sharp increase in suicide rates since the start of the war.
The Corps has lost 364 Marines to suicide in the past decade. TLD, Landis said, is meant to be an enduring program that provides MARSOC Marines with a low stress environment in which they can properly unwind.
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Filed under: Resources | Tagged: Afghanistan, Marine Corps Special Operations Command MARSOC, Post Deployment Decompression, Post Deployment Psychological Screening, PTSD, Recon Marines, Special Forces Mental Health, Suicide prevention, Third Location Decompression |