Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Cyrus Marcellus Ellis, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Susan Gaffney, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Toney Ford, Ph.D.


In today's society the issue of reintegration following combat deployment among American Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) veterans has been met with significant barriers. The purpose of this study was to examine current wellness models and to create a model that will assist veterans with reintegration into society. The current models will be examined to identify if the needs of the veterans are being met who are returning from combat and to examine community agencies, Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense programs and services essential to meeting their needs. A grounded study was conducted by utilizing existing data on the subject matter. The research study gave a voice to veterans who are reintegrating back into society and particularly veterans of combat tours of duty, and provided clinicians with insights that will enable them to improve their clinical services for this population. This study also aided the researcher in creating a wellness model that will assist the veteran and their family with reintegration within the community. This study will add to the body of knowledge and potentially contribute to a future blueprint for the successful wellness treatment approach for reintegration for returning veterans.