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The 9-Month Support Window

CIACs will document monthly contact with IA Sailors and his or her family in NFAAS for nine months after the return of the IA Sailor (per IA Gram #5, paragraphs 3.B.(4) and (5)). Note that it is not uncommon for the majority of IA Sailors to resent these follow-ups. However, the CIAC is not tasked to do this at the request of those Sailors. Rather, this responsibility has been directed to the CIAC by the Navy for the sake of the minority of IA Sailors who, perhaps immediately or perhaps after time, find that they are struggling to reintegrate and need help. Late developing PTSD, financial struggles stemming from extended joblessness and/or marital problems that don't come out immediately after reunion are all reasons that the Navy keeps in contact with IA Sailors and their families even after the IA deployment seems to be long in the rear-view mirror.

Contact with families is particularly important during this period, as family members may be in a better positions to identify and articulate a problem with reintagration than the IA Sailor him/her-self.  As always, contact periodicity with the family is always at their disired wish.

For CIACs of Reserve Component (RC) IA Sailors, the extended window of contact is critically important as for many RC IA Sailors, the CIAC may be their only official link to "Big Navy," especially if they transfer to the IRR or otherwise separate from service. Even if they have taken the uniform off permanently, Navy still owes a debt of gratitude to its IA Sailors and the CIAC is required to provide them care until a sucessful reintegration is assured.  It is also important to remember that RC Sailors only have 180 days of TRICARE coverage to resolve any medical issues.  Waiting too long may prevent/discourage them from getting needed physical/psychological assistance before this time sensitive timeframe has been exceeded.