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“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.”

—Abraham Lincoln

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

USA TODAY
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

Post-Deployment Wellness, www.afterdeployment.org

 

6 Responses to Caring For Our Veterans

  1. Mike OMeara says:

    Thanks for your support of the troops. I’m commenting on behalf of wounded warriors to help promote and support service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Many wounded warriors are coming home, getting out of the military and jobs are very limited. Therefore some are starting their own businesses in an attempt to survive and support their families. In an effort to help, we have created the Wounded Warrior Directory, the one and only directory dedicated solely to supporting service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses at http://www.VeteransDirectory.com/. Great place to find teaming partners or hire a veteran sub contractor. Please help us let others know about these businesses and this cause. Thank you!

  2. John Gillespie says:

    To all the wonderful people at this site!!

    Its overwhelming to know how powerful this site can be in a persons life. Thank you for all I have learned and felt in such a short time.I am a care giver as a respiratory therapist in Cincinnati Ohio and I work at the Veterans Hospital. If any one needs anything or has ideas I can share with our vets I am all for giving of my life that I can. I also feel new energy since I have been diagnosed diabetic type 2. I have lost over 35 pounds in 4 short months and work out faithfully. I hope to hear any suggestions you may have.

    • char says:

      Hello John and Welcome,
      As you have learned in a short time, caregivers’ @DLH, are here for each other, 24/7.
      I admire your honesty and sense of humor. My husband is diabetic, and has had many complications due to the disease. I am glad to hear you are on top of it, losing
      weight and working out, good for you! And speaking of work, I respect your vocation and thank you for taking care of the brave men and women that protect us and keep us free.
      Warm regards.
      ~Char

      • John Gillespie says:

        Char
        Thank you Although I am doing good I think I have lost too much weight too quickly so I always have to reevaluate myself. This site is really great for thinking about what we go thru as care givers .I am glad I came across it at a time I very much needed it

        • Melisa says:

          Hi John, it is so wonderful that you wrote on this site and that we know you are out there, available, reading our stories and sharing yours. I, like you, am very glad I came across this site over a year ago when I very much needed it. You will never be alone and that is because of this site. Keep us posted. Melisa

  3. Char says:

    A great addition and much needed information. Thank you Jean
    Char

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