The AES System was created for Soldiers and their Families, especially for those who are adjusting to being together after a deployment.

It is for Soldiers of all ages — active duty Soldiers who have recentlreturned from a war zone as well as retired Combat Veterans.

The AES System: Assessment and Solutions for Soldiers

The AES System assesses each Soldier’s challenges with reintegration and PTSD using one of the AES Assessments: the AES Assessment-Active Duty or the AES Assessment-Post Deployment. The AES App provides a digital guide for solutions to challenges identified by the AES Assessment.

The AES Assessment identifies problem areas, and the AES App addresses how to improve functioning in a wide variety of areas. Both the assessment and the App are empirically derived from decades of psychological and military research. The AES App uses customized tools to target PTSD symptoms and reintegration problems in veterans.

The AES Assessment

The AES Assessment is unique in that it comprehensively identifies the primary issues that veterans deal with after being deployed or going downrange. The assessment measures the various domains most commonly affecting veterans’ quality of life at home. There are a variety of adaptive skills acquired in combat situations which are critical for survival. However, these skills can create a variety of problems back home.

The AES assessment not only assesses for PTSD but includes 12 behavioral, social, and emotional dimensions where problems are most commonly observed. Some of the areas assessed include guilt, secretiveness, conflict, and aggression.

The AES App

The AES App, which contains an interactive digital support guide for veterans, provides solutions to obstacles facing Soldiers after their deployment and effective ways to overcome the challenges of reintegration. The App can be used anywhere and assists in skill development and problem-solving. The App is designed for both independent uses by post-deployment military personnel and those participating in individual or group therapy. There are a wide variety of issues addressed such as managing stress and anger, the dangers of alcohol, and sleep onset/maintenance difficulty.

AES Development

AES was developed with extensive input and feedback from active duty military members, veterans, and loved ones. The original request for the development of AES was from a Vietnam era Navy Seal who said there needed to be resources for this generation of veterans that were lacking after the Vietnam War. A print version of AES has been used for over a decade in numerous Patriot Support Programs (inpatient), and at several Universal Health Services facilities / hospitals serving veterans of all ages.

Resources for Clinicians

In addition to the AES App, there is a digital guide for clinicians to treat the various areas addressed by AES in more depth. The Clinician’s Guide provides everything a clinician needs to implement a program with active duty service members and veterans, using AES to work through post-deployment issues in individual therapy or a therapy group.

Part I (Theory) includes chapters covering information on behavior, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), emotions, stress, addiction and substance abuse after deployment, military families, communication, and group therapy. Part II (Practice) is composed of a twelve session program for group and individual therapy.

"Excellent resource for transition back to civilian life."


“I like AES… It helped me understand why my husband may be acting certain ways so I can be more sensitive towards him.”


“It helps the spouse or family member understand what their Soldier may be going through, giving them the opportunity to be more supportive.”


"At Ease, Soldier! is an invaluable tool as the Soldier returns to his pre-war self."


“AES can save lives, marriages, and other relationships.”


“This is a great tool for Soldiers and I will recommend it to all members of my unit.”


“The topics and sections prompted me to think about things and issues that I didn’t even know affected me.”


“AES should be made available as an essential part of the decompression process for all soldiers returning from war.”


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Drawing from decades of substance abuse and recovery research, the PLSAR measures various risk factors most likely to challenge sobriety.