WHERE TO GET HELP FOR PTSD

soldier military usaVeterans, family members of veterans and friends of veterans who may have PTS issues or may need to find out if they do, the list below is a few of the resources available to you. Do not think you do not need assistance if you have served and experience the complications associated with PTS. I have lived with PTS for nearly fifty years and you cannot be cured, but treatment can help.  If you have had anger management problems, heightened awareness, substance abuse problems, domestic issues, depression, nightmares, sleep disorders, survivor’s guilt and so many other issues associated with PTS, ask for help.

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.

Contact the Veteran’s Crisis Line: 24/7: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 (or text 838255) to talk to someone NOW http://www.veteranscrisisline.net

Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7:1-800-273-8255

All VA Medical Centers and many local VA clinics provide PTS care: Find locations at http://1.usa.gov/1WcXm92

Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTS treatment. Use the VA PTS Program Locator at http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/ptsd_flsh.asp

Find a Vet Center at http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/ to help you with your transition from military to civilian life.

Talk to another combat veteran. Call 1-877-WARVETS (927-8387)

DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate local resources for veterans. Call 1-866-966-1020 or email resources@dcoeoutreach.org.

Call Military OneSource 24/7 for counseling and resources at 1-800-342-9647

20% of the soldiers who have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq and those deployed in the last six years face PTS issues. 30% of Vietnam veterans experience PTS every day. 2 out of 3 veterans that suffer from PTS go untreated. We must and will change that. If you are a veteran having transition problems or PTS issues, seek help.  If you are a family member or a true friend of a veteran having issues encourage them to seek help. You may save a life.

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Specially Adapted Housing Grants for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

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Are you a Veteran with a severe service-connected disability that affects your mobility? Do you know someone who is? If you answered “Yes” to either question, then you or someone you know may be eligible for the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant program that is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The SAH program helps certain severely-disabled Veterans and Service members purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home, to create a barrier-free-living environment. VA offers two grant programs: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. Continue reading

Student creates app for veterans to prevent night terrors

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SAINT PAUL, Minn. – A Macalester College student is getting noticed for inventing something to help people suffering from night terrors.

His inspiration? His father, an Iraq War vet, struggles with the terrors.

Senior Tyler Skluzacek said he was in sixth grade when his dad, Sgt. First Class Patrick Skluzacek, spent a year in Iraq. It had a huge impact. Continue reading

Veteran Resource Locator Available Online

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1

 

There are a multitude of resources available for veterans in their search for help with issues from suicide prevention and crisis assistance to compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, home loans, death benefits, employment, and disability. Continue reading

TRICARE Pharmacy Changes Coming October 1st

 

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Beginning October 1st, a new law requires all TRICARE beneficiaries except active duty personnel to get selected brand name drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home delivery or a military pharmacy. Those using a retail pharmacy will be required to pay the full cost of the prescription. Continue reading

Veterans Benefit Guide – How to Unlock Your Veterans Benefits

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There are hundreds of veteran’s benefits available to military veterans and, often, their dependents. The difficult part for veterans is often how to understand what you are eligible for and then navigate the system to receive those benefits.

Many veterans are eligible for VA healthcare but do not know or understand how to apply for VA healthcare. Additionally, education assistance, free training programs under the VA guidance and other programs are available to many veterans, but you must search for those and apply for assistance. There are many resources available.

There are state veterans programs that offer services and benefits to veterans in addition to programs offered through the VA or other government resources. Many states, for example, offer free or limited college tuition to veterans.

The best course to understanding and getting assistance in getting your benefits is to contact one of the Veteran’s Service Organizations. The DAV, VFW and American Legion, for example have Veteran Service Officers (VSO’S) who will not only guide your search, but make sure that you are not lost in the shuffle. There is no charge for their services and they know how to best help you.

The VSO’s can be of help even in situations that may require legal assistance like applying for Veterans Aid and Pension benefits and disability benefits.

For more details on your benefits, see Ryan Guia’s article at MilitaryWallet.com.

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Honoring Those Who Served – Free Burial for US Military Veterans

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One of the benefits often overlooked by military veterans and their families is the free burial benefit for U.S. military veterans. The loss of a family member is tragic and often overwhelming to the family. The availability of the free burial benefit may be a source of consolation for surviving family members. Continue reading

VA Health Care Eligibility

 

Many veterans while not having service related injuries do not realize that they still may be eligible for VA health benefits. VA benefits may include access to the VA hospital system, but certainly do not mean that your VA health care is 100% free. If you are in the system, there may be co-pays and limitations to what care is available.  Dental and eye care, for example, are reserved for those permanently and totally disabled or those with service connected disabilities relating to those areas.

Your eligibility is based on your service in the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy, or Coast Guard. Members of the National Guard or Reserves may be eligible as well if they were called to service by an Executive Order. It is not necessary for you to have served in a war zone or have been injured while in the service.

Your eligibility may be based on many issues including the type of service, type of discharge, service connected disabilities, location of service, types of conditions incurred while in the service and a host of other qualifiers.

To see if you are eligible for VA medical benefits you must fill out an application form after speaking to a VA representative at 1-877-222-VETS (8397). The form can be found at http://hbexplorer.vacloud.us/.

You will also need to fill out some additional tax forms and provide your DD-214.

For a more detailed article, see Ryan Guina’s article at Military Wallet.

Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions” to see more for information on our Veterans Solutions for Employers. Please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions about hiring veterans or the incentives for doing so, contact me at Ben.Marich@Adeccona.com.

MOAA Meeting the Needs of Hidden Heros

 

As the 2.6 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan join previous generations of veterans, it’s clear that many of our veterans will require long-term caregiving support.  Studies estimate there are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served in the military since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The personal impact of providing care is enormous, the physical and emotional toll can be substantial, and navigating through the policies and procedures of various government agencies can be overwhelming.  Continue reading

Life coach offers tools, techniques to reduce anxiety

 

Born and raised in California, Barbara “BB” Crawford never thought she would end up in Texas. She fully expected to either be living on the West Coast or in a brownstone in New York writing books.

What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with the military and move to Harker Heights.

To blend her passion of helping others navigate the ebbs and flows of life and serving the military, Crawford created her business: Emotional Self Sufficiency. She offers a unique blend of pro bono coaching and training for the military and “for profit” coaching and trainings for companies and civilians.

“Soldiers and families benefit by learning tools and exercises on how to reduce their anxiety and stress while living in the moment. So many people drag their pasts behind them and push their futures away,” she said. “Companies benefit as their employees become more and more focused and productive as stressed employees and turnover is reduced.”

Crawford has been trained in trauma resolution since 2007 and her clients include victims of violent crimes, CEOs suffering from the chronic chaos of corporate America, and military personnel from Vietnam to the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I walk through the training of tools and techniques to reduce the symptoms of anxiety,” Crawford said. “I’m not a therapist. I’m like a life coach with specialized training on trauma resolution. I pass no judgement and I’m not analyzing people.”

Expanding the “for profit” side of her business, she recently started a partnership with Heritage Park Fitness where she will be serving as the gym’s life coach.

“It’s a good fit,” Crawford said, adding she has more than 30 years of experience motivating and helping people as an anxiety/trauma reduction trainer, executive recruiter, licensing agent, and top leader for Weight Watchers.

She arrived at Fort Hood in 2012 to offer anxiety and trauma resolution for the troops and families, operating under the umbrella of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

The year prior, during the unit’s deployment, Crawford provided training via Skype to then Lt. Col. Bryan Radliff, commanding officer for the regiment, from her home in California.

At that time, she worked primarily with rape victims and people exposed to other violent crimes.

When the regiment returned, the command team asked her if she was willing to come to post and provide pro bono work because the installation “didn’t offer what she brought to the table.”

“This is my way of saying ‘thank you’ and giving back,” she said. “This is what I am passionate about.”

Article provided by Vanessa Lynch | Herald staff writer Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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