CARING FOR OUR VETERANS
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right,
as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in;
to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle,
and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”
VETERANS CRISIS LINE
The caring professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 500,000 calls and made more than 18,000 life-saving rescues. In 2009, VA added the anonymous online chat that has since helped more than 28,000 people. http://veteranscrisisline.net/
In 2011, the National Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline was renamed the Veterans Crisis Line to encourage Veterans and their families and friends to make the call. People who know a Veteran best may be the first to recognize emotional distress and reach out for support when issues reach a crisis point—and well before a Veteran is at risk of suicide.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
National Center for PTSD – Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD
When someone has PTSD, it can change family life. The person with PTSD may act differently and get angry easily. He or she may not want to do things you used to enjoy together. You may feel scared and frustrated about the changes you see in your loved one. You also may feel angry about what’s happening to your family, or wonder if things will ever go back to the way they were. These feelings and worries are common in people who have a family member with PTSD.
Lifestyle Changes Recommended for PTSD Patients
People with PTSD need to take active steps to deal with their PTSD symptoms. Often these steps involve making thoughtful changes in your lifestyle. By making these changes, you can reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are some positive changes you could make.
Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel
A printable guide for service members returning from deployment. It contains information to help military personnel understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them to better adapt back to home life. Reintegration is an adjustment for all involved. This information aims to make this process as smooth as possible.
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Wounded Warrior Veterans Directory
Our mission is to support, serve and promote wounded warriors in business. Therefore we promote these businesses by reaching out to government procurement officials and large prime contractors that may appreciate doing business with our veterans. VeteransDirectory.com is “The Wounded Warrior Directory” of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. We believe if you Support the Troops you will Hire a Veteran!
PBS – “Who’s Helping Our Wounded Vets?
America’s new wounded warriors—Why are their family caregivers overworked and under-supported?
The Pentagon estimates that as many as one in five American soldiers are coming home from war zones with traumatic brain injuries, many of which require round-the-clock attention. But lost in the reports of these returning soldiers are the stories of family members who often sacrifice everything to care for them. This week, NOW reveals how little has been done to help these family caregivers, and reports on dedicated efforts to support them.
ABC News: The Other Front Line: Caring for Wounded Vets
Sacrifice motivated by love is the legacy of the wives, parents and relatives of these wounded veterans. There are no Purple Hearts or Bronze Stars to honor them, but as this war has illustrated, maybe there should be.
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Questions and Resources:
DCoE Outreach Center: 1-866-966-1020 or dcoe.health.mil
Caregiving Strains Families of Veterans With Severe Injuries
Many good links (see below) and you can watch the video – ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee talk about the issue of caretaking after his traumatic brain injury following an IED explosion in Iraq in 2006.
General Benefits and Resources:
Military Onesource: 1-800-342-9647 or www.militaryonesource.com
The Bob Woodruff Foundation, www.remind.org/
National Family Caregivers Association, www.nfcacares.org/
National Military Family Association, www.militaryfamily.org/
Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Wounded Warrior Resources and Services, www.woundedwarriorresourcecenter.com
Wounded Warrior Directory (Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses) http://www.VeteransDirectory.com
Stigma, Resilience, Recovery and Reintegration, www.realwarriors.net
Rural Health and Human Services Information, www.raconline.org
Helping Children Cope with Deployment, www.sesamestreetfamilyconnections.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health, www.samhsa.gov/vets/index.aspx
Post-Deployment Wellness, www.afterdeployment.org