New research on post-deployment substance abuse could help Arkansas National Guardsmen Published Nov. 23, 2011 By Geoff Gibson 188th Fighter Wing director of psychological health FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Participants for a research project are needed, and you may be able to help! The research project, "An Ethnographic Study of Post-deployment Substance Abuse and Treatment-seeking," is being conducted by University of Arkansas researchers. Your participation may benefit you, but also helps the National Guard by identifying and overcoming barriers to seeking help for members' problems with alcohol or drugs. If you have deployed and have experienced any issues with alcohol or drugs, you can volunteer for a confidential interview with a University of Arkansas researcher, and you will receive $50 for your participation. This interview can be held at any reasonable and convenient location you desire (including your home or nearby coffee shop, etc.), so travel need not be a burden for you. Additionally, other benefits for participation include $10 -$30 for any follow-up interviews you complete, $10 for referring additional members for participation, free screening and referral for further services if desired, and vouchers for free treatment if needed. You will receive cash for your participation and the information you provide may help us build a stronger Air National Guard! Call the study coordinator at 501-257-1250 to confidentially volunteer for this study. For further information, you may also contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Institutional Review Board (IRB) office at 501-257-6521 (the IRB is responsible for overseeing the confidentiality and ethics of this study). You may also contact the 188th Fighter Wing director of psychological health, Mr. Geoff Gibson at 479-573-5742, for questions about this study or for any other questions or concerns you may have.