ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR PROVIDERS, VETERANS & THEIR FAMILIES

Additional Resources For Providers, Veterans And Their Families 

Resourse: VA PTSD Program Locator http://1.usa.gov/1YcrKjh

Please click on a state in the map (below) to find programs in a given state.


DCoE: Find Help for Mental Health Challenges – Big or Small http://bit.ly/1STkMfN

The list of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) resources below, arranged by audience, will direct you to information about mental health concerns, how to improve your mental health, and Military Health System treatment options. With access to helpful resources and information, you don’t need to be a super hero to combat mental health challenges.


DCoE: New Resource Helps Sexual Assault Patients Understand Options http://bit.ly/1SoeO7H

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, in support of the Military Health System, released a new resource to help those who experience a sexual assault understand military health options. The easy-to-follow brochure, “Sexual Assault Health Care Support for Patients,” is the result of collaboration and intensive research by various organizations throughout the Defense Department.

The brochure is available to download and health care providers can place bulk orders. It highlights Military Health System and service resources, and outlines:

  • Sexual assault report options
  • Eligibility for care
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • Crisis hotlines

Resource: Military Times publishes annual Benefits Guide for troops, vets and families http://bit.ly/23qfrVu

Military Times is publishing its annual Benefits Guide, a one-stop resource on the dizzying array of pay and benefits programs offered to active-duty and reserve component service members, retirees, veterans and their families. It has everything they need to know to get the most out of their government benefits.

The guide is a living document, updated each year with changes made by the Pentagon, the Veterans Affairs Department and Congress.

A 20-page special pullout detailing highlights of this year’s Benefits Guide is included in all Aug. 17 print editions of Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times.

Subscribers can access the full 76-page Benefits Guide online by logging in here, then choosing “Benefits Guide” in the menu on the right side of the screen.

Not a subscriber? Sign up now.

Active-duty service members are eligible for a free annual digital subscription, including access to the full Benefits Guide. Click here to start yours.


Vets4Warriors http://www.vets4warriors.com/

Our mission is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers.

Share lived experiences to create an environment of trust that demonstrates you are never alone, there is a caring, empathic voice ready to connect and follow up.


Names & Email Addresses of VBA Military Sexual Trauma State Coordinators http://1.usa.gov/1B5LqZX

The Veterans Benefits Administration has at least one or more military sexual trauma coordinators in each state.  They are listed here with email addresses by state and by VBA regional benefit office.


New Apps for My HealtheVet Users http://1.usa.gov/1PKeI4l

My HealtheVet and its online suite of tools, including Secure Messaging, VA Prescription Refill, and VA Blue Button enables Veterans and their health care providers, clinicians and staff to be more connected to health care information than ever before.

“My HealtheVet truly provides Veterans with an anywhere, anytime experience,” said Lauren Heiger, VA Butler’s My HealtheVet Coordinator. “And, the program is constantly growing! Current tools are being expanded, new tools are being added, and more and more Veterans are signing up daily.”

One of the newest features on My HealtheVet is its Email Updates. Veterans can sign up on My HealtheVet (www.myhealth.va.gov) to receive new articles and tips. Veterans may choose preferences and receive information they’re specifically interested in—options range from health and wellness topics, specific diseases and conditions, VA news and special events, local VA medical centers, and much more. To sign up, check out the subscription box on the My HealtheVet homepage where it says “Subscribe to Receive My HealtheVet Updates.”

Something else new to My HealtheVet users is the “Ask a Pharmacist” VA mobile application (app). In February, VA launched this app, which consolidates VA resources to give Veterans easy access to trusted VA sources for information on VA medications and pharmacies. The app can help Veterans find their local pharmacy, learn about their medications—including how to identify their pills by sight—and more. For My HealtheVet users with Advanced or Premium accounts, this new app also provides a direct link to My HealtheVet’s prescription refill and Secure Messaging functions.


 

VA Mood Coach App http://apple.co/1ZNux1I

Mood Coach is an app for Veterans, Service members, and others to learn and practice Behavioral Activation. This app is designed to help you boost your mood through participation in positive activities. You can make a plan with positive activities and track your progress.


 

Resource: VA Social Media Directory http://1.usa.gov/1Y09Uxz
A listing by state and by facility with links of all VA social media sites.


 

Tips and Tricks to Accessing VA Health Care http://bit.ly/1XZfwrU

Here are several tips one veteran uses to have a good experience with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

(1) schedule your appointments first thing in the morning or right after lunch so you will be seen on time;
(2) have a referral to a specialty clinic? Call that clinic yourself to schedule an appointment;
(3) ask for an appointment tomorrow and see if it works;
(4) use My HealtheVet secure messenger to talk with your physician;
(5) choose a different VA if necessary;
(6) if you need to be seen sooner than your appointment, use the VA medical center emergency room;
(7) use the kiosks, and avoid the lines; and
(8) prepare and double-check your list of needs with your physician.

For more on veteran benefits, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.


 


The American Institute of Stress http://www.stress.org/

The American Institute of Stress (A.I.S.) is a non-profit organization which imparts information on stress reduction, stress in the workplace, effects of stress and various other stress related topics.

AIS was founded in 1978, at the request of Dr. Hans Selye to serve as a clearinghouse of all stress related information.

Today, AIS provides a diverse and inclusive environment that fosters intellectual discovery creates and transmits innovative knowledge, improves human health and provides leadership to the world on stress related topics.


 

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania http://bit.ly/1SnhvSH

The mission of Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania is to provide essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible local Veterans, service members, and their families with the goal of improving their self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.


Ten Illinois organizations that offer help for veterans http://bit.ly/22G60hC

Note: Similar organizations may operate in your location.

  • Peoria Vet Center
  • Peoria County Veterans Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Salvation Army
  • Peoria Housing Authority
  • Goodwill
  • Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing
  • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Bob Michel VA Outpatient Clinic
  • Bradley University

Patientslikeme.com http://bit.ly/1I70hup

Moving forward is not always easy. But each journey is made one step at a time.

  • In the U.S. alone, about 7.7 million adults live with post-traumatic stress (PTS), and each year more than 2 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Learn from and help others who are living with PTS or have experienced a TBI.

Make progress. Share progress. And advance research.

  • Connect with others who have been there and are living better, together.
  • Track and share your experiences for PTS and TBI research.
  • Show yourself and others what’s possible.

If you’re living with PTS or a TBI, you don’t have to take the journey alone.

  • PatientsLikeMe is a network where people like you are learning, connecting, and making a difference in research and treatment.

Take the next step. Sign up today (It’s free) http://bit.ly/1I70hup


 

Veterans Pain Projet.org http://www.veteranspainproject.org/

Our Mission: Veterans Pain Project provides expert education and training on self-care protocols for stress and chronic pain reduction.  Support services are offered free of charge to governmental and public organizations that recognize the critical importance of empowering veterans with self-care tools and resources.


Tips for Social Workers: Resources for sexual assault survivors in the military http://bit.ly/1MBZHjE

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and employs many social workers. 

. . . DoD Safe Helpline is a crisis support service specifically designed for members of the military community and their families affected by sexual assault. Two of Safe Helpline’s services, The Safe HelpRoom and the Self-Care App, move beyond crisis intervention to further support survivors as they begin working with you, through counseling and long-term support programs.


List of Veteran-owned businesses by state http://bit.ly/1L4RzdW


NYC Reference Card for Veterans in Need


DVBIC: Service Members and Veterans http://bit.ly/1F9Jl56

How to use this site.  If you are a service member or veteran who knows or believes you have sustained a TBI, DVBIC would like to help you.

Please either email (link sends e-mail) for information, or visit our locations page and call the location nearest you. Learn about DVBIC’s TBI Recovery Support Program and its nationwide network of Recovery Support Specialists.


A free online program for Veterans concerned about their drinking/PTSD http://bit.ly/1V0yiwO

VetChange is a free, confidential online program to help Veterans take control of their drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol.

Work at your own pace. Build skills to better manage your drinking. Tackle anger, stress and sleep problems — challenges many Veterans face after deployment.

Register now to get started, read more about the program, or watch this video to learn how VetChange can help you:


Just Released SAMSHA Handbook for Recovery After A suicide Attempt http://bit.ly/1K5mqqk

A Journey Toward Health & Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt can now be ordered and downloaded from the SAMHSA Store.

This new booklet is designed to help people who have attempted suicide take their first steps toward healing and recovery.

Tools and stories in the booklet come from first-hand experiences of individuals who have survived a suicide attempt and their supporters.

It is the hope of the writers that their personal knowledge about the challenges of suicide attempts and the steps to successfully recover will help readers learn they are not alone, how to develop hope, and most importantly, how to stay safe in challenging times.

DoD Suicide Prevention – The Power of 1 http://1.usa.gov/1JE53uj

Editor’s Note: Received from SECAF Deborah Lee James via her official Twitter account. Contains links to many DoD suicide prevention resources.

One person has the power to give Service members, their loved ones, and DoD civilians access to confidential support and resources through the Military Crisis Line (MCL).

1 person can have an impact on someone in crisis, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make one call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person’s life.

The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, continues the “Power of 1” campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, Sep 2015.


WV: LifeBridge Americorps http://www.lifebridgewv.org/lifebridge-americorps.php

LifeBridge AmeriCorps is a statewide full time AmeriCorps program that seeks to improve school readiness, academic achievement, job readiness assistance, financial literacy services, long term hunger alleviation, and community service projects in sites throughout West Virginia.

Members (including veterans) provide service through school systems and non-profit organizations while increasing community involvement opportunities.


VA Benefits and Proving Your Case: Three Things Every Veteran Should Know http://bit.ly/1hwvsTx

  1. Find out if you have a current diagnosis.
  2. Give your doctors the real picture.
  3. Develop a rapport with your doctors.

Military Times publishes annual Benefits Guide for troops, vets and families http://bit.ly/1UzKwOD

Military Times is publishing its annual Benefits Guide, a one-stop resource on the dizzying array of pay and benefits programs offered to active-duty and reserve component service members, retirees, veterans and their families. It has everything they need to know to get the most out of their government benefits.

The guide is a living document, updated each year with changes made by the Pentagon, the Veterans Affairs Department and Congress.

A 20-page special pullout detailing highlights of this year’s Benefits Guide is included in all Aug. 17 print editions of Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times.

Subscribers can access the full 76-page Benefits Guide online by logging in here, then choosing “Benefits Guide” in the menu on the right side of the screen.

Not a subscriber? Sign up now.

Active-duty service members are eligible for a free annual digital subscription, including access to the full Benefits Guide. Click here to start yours.


National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau http://bit.ly/1IxY8Bj

With uniformed service spanning the years 1978 to 2009, this group of military women veterans, authors, entrepreneurs and leadership experts represent three generations of service.

They offer important lessons gained globally, intriguing stories of combat and deployment, and fascinating insights not available elsewhere.

In addition, these veterans all desire to bring authentic voices and relevant perspectives to the current national conversation about women in the military and to encourage girls and young women to pursue challenging areas of study and careers in technical fields.

These ladies are ready to bring their unique, riveting, inspirational and sometimes humorous stories of military service and leadership to corporate organizations, veterans associations, educational conferences, higher education institutions, K-12 audiences, professional women’s assocations and more.


Facebook Page: Information on PTSD by The VA’s National Center for PTSD. http://on.fb.me/1N1OzyS

General Information: Reaching out to you through Facebook.
Learn about PTSD and trauma from experts.
• Read and share information.
• Watch videos and hear stories.
• Find where to get help.

Our website has educational resources for you and your family.

**The National Center for PTSD conducts education and research on PTSD, and does not provide direct clinical care.**


Life-Changing Mobile Apps for People with Brain Injury http://bit.ly/1mnn5pk

Almost every day, we hear of new mobile device applications (“apps”) developed for just about everything — from staying organized to finding pharmacies or restaurants while on the road. It’s hard to keep up.

The BrainLine team sorted through many resources to compile this list of apps for mobile devices for people with a brain injury, their families and caregivers.

Some of these apps have proven to be especially helpful for people with brain injury. The phone can be used to remind you of an upcoming appointment or to take medication, or it can be used like a traditional paper notebook to keep all your addresses, telephone numbers, calendar items, lists, and ideas. Please note that BrainLine does not endorse these or any specific products.

Organize and sort the mobile apps in this table by clicking on the title of the column you would like to sort by. Or view our slideshows of iOS apps or Android apps.


Safe Helpline http://bit.ly/1TeO3Bl

What is Safe HelpRoom?

Safe HelpRoom is a group chat service that allows sexual assault survivors in the military to connect with, and support, one another in a moderated and secure online environment at SafeHelpline.org.

Safe HelpRoom sessions have a moderator who can provide referrals and help keep the conversation focused on the designated session topic and a reviewer that can make sure all participants adhere to the Ground Rules.

Safe HelpRoom is not intended as a replacement for counseling or other mental health services.

When is Safe HelpRoom Available?

Safe HelpRoom is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Log in at anytime to talk to other sexual assault survivors in the military.


81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist http://bit.ly/1dGaVJV

We’ve rounded up 81 of the very best affordable (or free) mental health resources. Keep this list handy whenever you need some backup.


List of State Veteran’s Benefits By State (Military.com) http://mil-com.me/1GMBGEO

Everyone knows about the federal benefits available to veterans, but did you know many states also offer great benefits to their veterans? State benefits range from free college and employment resources to free hunting and fishing licenses. Most states also offer tax breaks for their veterans and specialized license plates, some states even provide their veterans with cash bonuses just for serving in the military.

We have compiled a handy summary of the benefits each state and territory offers, each summary page also has a link directly to the specific State Department of Veterans Affairs. Be sure to check it out, there may be a benefit available to you or your family that you didn’t know about!


HealthGrove: Compare VA Hospitals http://bit.ly/1LxbzoA

Compare VA hospitals based on wait times, overall ratings, quality of care, wait times, inpatient and outpatient settings, safety stats, and care outcomes.


National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) http://bit.ly/1HZP4tn

The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) is comprised of the State Directors and in some cases, Commissioners of Veterans Affairs in each state of the U.S. as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Although each state is unique, with its own traditions, programs, and resources, we are united by our common goal to make a difference in the lives of our veterans.


Military Spouse JD Network http://www.msjdn.org/

MSJDN supports military spouses in the legal profession by advocating for licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys; educating the public about the challenges faced by career-minded military spouses and their families; encouraging the hiring of military spouses; and providing a network connecting military spouse attorneys with each other and their supporters.


National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) http://1.usa.gov/1MVKah7

The National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS) supports planning, analysis, and decision-making activities through the collection, validation, analysis, and dissemination of key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs.


SU/SBA: V-WISE — VETERAN WOMEN IGNITING THE SPIRIT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP http://bit.ly/1FVZ59R

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE), offered in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides the tools women veterans, active duty and female family members need to become successful entrepreneurs. V-WISE enables women veterans to find their passion and learn business-savvy skills to turn ideas or businesses into growth ventures.

A three-phase program, V-WISE is offered to 200 participants per session, and includes two tracks of training; a growth track for participants already in business, and a start-up track, focused on potential entrepreneurs. Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting/finance, operations/production, human resources and work-life balance.

Ongoing support and mentorship is delivered online and through a robust, comprehensive network of mentors and partners


Operation We Are Here Veterans Resource Directory http://bit.ly/1Ryx3oz

Editor’s Note: A very extensive list of resources for military and veteran families, and their supporters. Please share, Thank you!


MAKE THE CONNECTION http://bit.ly/1FVYrJj

Shared experiences and support for Veterans


Of Words & Warriors — Writers Guild of America, West. http://bit.ly/1RyDaJx

In a weekend that was exhilarating and humbling, powerful and beautifully simple, the Writers Guild Foundation hosted its second annual Veterans Writing Workshop, a mentoring program for veterans interested in learning how to write.

Twenty-five WGAW writers of every stripe – screenwriters and novelists, journalists and joke writers, show creators and staff writers, Oscar nominees and Emmy winners – took the time to share what they knew about the craft of writing to three generations of American veterans from every branch of the military. Some had never put pen to paper; others had scripts and novels well in progress. They all had stories to tell (not all of them about military service), and they had come to learn how to tell them.

Both a sponsor of the weekend and a mentor, writer and producer Winnie Holzman explained why the Foundation became involved with the veteran community: “As writers, we understand the power of self-expression, the difference it can make in one’s life. And veterans have so much to express and a strong need to be heard.” Her partner introducing the event, film and television writer and WGAW Board member Robin Schiff agreed, adding: “Writing saved my life. This is an opportunity for them to blossom, be creative, and for us to let them know we cared.”

In groups of five guided by two or three mentors, 50 veterans eased into their sessions with some personal background (as much or as little as they wished to tell), their level of writing experience (from none to finished work), and their goals. Some sessions started things off with writing exercises, like: Write a letter to someone you have unresolved feelings about; others went for real-world observations: Go across the street, pick two people at random, and write their back stories. The vets rose to every occasion, crafting material that was poignant, clever, funny, sad, and heartfelt. Mentoring for his second year, film and television writer and former WGAW President Christopher Knopf, himself a veteran of World War II, was impressed with “the level of intelligence all the vets seem to have, and how far along they were as writers.” . . .

If you’d like to participate and/or contribute to the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Workshop, please call 323-782-4692 or email: Kevin Ott for more information on how to get involved and support the Foundation’s ongoing community outreach efforts


Challenge America http://bit.ly/1IXM8yy

Honorary Co-Founders: Amy Grant and Vince Gill 

Challenge America™ answers the question of “When it happens, where do we go?” for returning military and their families. By working with communities across the United States to link new and existing services, and by supporting the development of recreational, occupational and housing programs, Challenge America is better able to serve those individuals in their home communities.


SQUADlEADERS http://www.squadleaders.org/

Veterans mentoring veterans for the transition home.  We’ve got your back, and your tomorrow…


VA: Coaching into Care http://1.usa.gov/1JtBnky

Coaching into Care is a free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with a Veteran in their life about their concerns and about treatment options.


FOCUS: Family Resilience Training for Military Families http://bit.ly/1JtASqB

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to help families overcome common challenges related to a parent’s military service, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) http://bit.ly/1JtzgNB

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.


Helpful Links for Veterans http://bit.ly/1DXiEcl


Online VA Course Helps Healthcare Professionals Better Serve Veterans and Servicemembers http://1.usa.gov/1Ey4yD5

WASHINGTON – The departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) have announced the launch of an online continuing education course aimed at helping health care professionals better treat Veterans and Servicemembers.

The free course, Military Culture: Core Competencies for Health Care Professionals, is being offered to community health care providers nationwide through the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Training Finder Real-time Affiliated Integrated Network (TRAIN), which launched earlier this month. VHA TRAIN is part of TRAIN National, a comprehensive catalog of public health learning products.

“A key initiative for VHA is to advance health care innovation for Veterans and the country,” said Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health. “The availability of VHA TRAIN as a platform to share VHA’s knowledge and expertise is an important milestone in achieving that goal. The Military Culture Competency Training and other courses available thru VHA TRAIN will help ensure Veteran’s receive high quality health care whether it is from VA or a provider in the community.”

The eight-hour, online course covers a variety of topics through interactive features, video vignettes, case examples and treatment planning scenarios. Each of the four modules within the course was developed using research, surveys and extensive interviews with Servicemembers and Veterans. For more information about the course, visit http://www.DeploymentPsych.org/Military-Culture.


National Organization of Veteran’s Advocates (NOVA) https://vetadvocates.org/

The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Inc. (NOVA) is a not-for-profit educational membership organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1993. NOVA is a national organization of attorneys and other qualified members who act as advocates for disabled veterans.

NOVA hosts two conferences a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, which are the gold standard of veterans law education, in addition to occasional training webinars throughout the year. We have a strong presence in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of veterans and their representation, and we keep our members informed each week with the latest and most important news in the industry. Our members greatly benefit from the expertise of our presenters and the extensive knowledge of the peer network provided by NOVA.

FOR VETERANS:

NOVA can help you find an attorney with the highest level of training in veterans’ law. Visit our Veterans Help webpage for more information.


Social Work and Service Members: Joining Forces to Support Veterans and Military Families http://bit.ly/1NWx1bN

Dr. Biden created Joining Forces, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, to bring attention to the unique needs and strengths of America’s military families. Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and services they have earned. NASW has been a proud member of Joining Forces since 2011 and is committed to educating and training all social workers so that they are prepared to meet the needs of those who have made incredible sacrifices for the United States.

Key Social Work Commitments Include:

Free Online 5-course Training Module

  • Community Resources for the Military and Veteran Population (Rafiq Raza, MSW)
  • Service Members and Veterans in Treatment: Evidence-Based Interventions (Dwayne L. Buckingham, PhD, LCSW)
  • Military Sexual Trauma: Responding to Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans (Terri Spahr Nelson, MSSW, LISW, ACSW)
  • Social Work with Children in Military Families (Julie Canfield, PhD, LICSW)
  • Military Culture (Adriana Rodriguez, LCSW and Rebecca Andersen, MS)

Professional Credentials for Social Workers

  • Military Service Member and Veteran Family—Social Worker
  • Military Service Member and Veteran Family—Advanced Social Worker
  • Military Service Member and Veteran Family—Clinical Social Worker

Standards for Social Work Practice with Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families(also available for purchase through the NASW Press).


VA Vet Center Locations http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter.asp


National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Honoring Our Babies & Toddlers http://bit.ly/1Fne8VJ

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a number of excellent resources for mental health professionals who are working with military children and families.  The website features information on various types of trauma, a learning collaborative for spreading best practices, and training materials on trauma-related topics.

One publication on the NCTSN websiteHonoring Our Babies & Toddlers [1], provides thought-provoking scenarios written from the perspective of a child who is faced with a military parent’s deployment, injury, or death.  Tables are provided with scenarios common for young military children experiencing parental deployment, injury or death, suggest possible meaning of common behaviors, and provide ideas for ways to support children experiencing those scenarios.

Information for practitioners on stressors facing military families, as well as how to best support these families is also provided. This publication is a great resource for practitioners working with military families who have young children.


NEWLY RELEASED APPS http://1.usa.gov/1F5LYhK

VA Mobile releases new Apps for Veterans regularly. Check here often for new information about available Apps. A special portal with training materials is now available!

After Deployment http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil/

Wellness resources for the military community.

List of VA Doctors in each VA facility http://1.usa.gov/1ERc5c1

Please select the link to view VA Doctors in each facility (Listed by VISN & Facility)

Sacred Ground: A Tribute to America‘s Veterans, by Tom Ruck http://amzn.to/1ynjDBd

A sweeping tour of some of America’s most beautiful and moving cemeteries, “Sacred Ground” features richly evocative photographs from military cemeteries across the country, enhanced by poignant quotes, powerful essays, and speeches from famous Americans throughout history. (Editor’s Note: Tom Ruck is Director, Fayetteville National Cemetery, a member of the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and a nationwide speaker, as well as an award winning author.)

Facebook: U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs http://on.fb.me/1xTQkWz

Chairman Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., welcomes you to the official Facebook page of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Facebook: House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs http://on.fb.me/1xTQPjl

The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviews veterans’ programs, examines current laws, and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as for health care, disability compensation, GI bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and a nationwide system of veterans’ cemeteries.

Training: Mass General Hospital Online Training: From the War Zone to the Home Front: Supporting the Mental Health of Veterans and Families http://bit.ly/1F3HJbf

Welcome to this free, online training series that helps health care professionals in the community recognize and address the challenges faced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The series is presented as a community service by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

National Hispanic Mental Health Professionals Advocacy Network http://bit.ly/1xq8C73

HMHP’s mission is to provide culturally competent advocacy for the mental health services needs of U.S. Hispanic communities. HMHP’s vision is to create a well-established, active, and strongly connected community of Hispanic mental health professionals by improving communication and advocacy for the mental health needs of the Hispanic community that is culturally appropriate.  Join our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NHMHP/Xiomara A. Sosa, Executive Creator

The Birmingham VA Nursing Academy Partnership http://bit.ly/1I0xva0

In 2009, the Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing (UABSON) to become one of twelve schools and VA facilities to participate in the piloting of the Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnerships, or VANAP.

The VANAP is a unique clinical program that pairs accredited baccalaureate nursing programs with local VA medical facilities to provide nursing students with veteran-focused clinical experiences. Since adopting the VANAP program, the students, clinical faculty, UAB SON, and BVAMC have experienced consistently positive outcomes. This paper outlines the BVAMC and UAB SON partnership’s implementation of VANAP with the goal to inform and inspire other nursing programs to incorporate a VANAP into their curriculum.

VA Office of Research & Development http://1.usa.gov/1I0tGBQ

Research Topics The following is a list of key areas being studied by VA researchers. Click each topic for an overview of noteworthy past and current research, and a one-page printable fact sheet.

VA Social Media Directory http://1.usa.gov/1CuCBey

Did you know your VA Medical Center is on Facebook? View our complete social media directory and follow all that’s happening at your main VA facility.

National Archives Veterans Service Records http://1.usa.gov/18tQ0qZ

If you’ve been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored here at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We are the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Tips & Tools For Interviewing Veterans: Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, A Project of Columbia Journalism School http://bit.ly/18tOLZ3

War changes the women and men who fight it, and coming home from war challenges veterans, their families and their communities.

Veterans Group of Oregon (Facebook) http://on.fb.me/19oyvtd

This group is designed to assist Oregon veterans and military families with finding the necessary resources for jobs, housing, mental health, education, and the benefits that they need from county, state, and federal resources. A large list of information Including homeless programs can be found in the Doc’s section at the top of the group page.

The Morning Muster by Kelly Kennedy http://bit.ly/1wEbgpx

A daily news blog featuring major veterans news and written by Kelly Kennedy, Outreach/Public Relations Coordinator at vet lawyers Bergmann and Moore, Morning Muster Daily Email, Author of They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq, Recent:  Health Policy Reporter at USA TODAY,  Medical Reporter at Army Times, Adjunct professor at University of Northern Colorado , Washington D.C. Metro Area

VBA Military Sexual Trauma Coordinators by State http://1.usa.gov/1B5LqZX

Listing of VBA MST Coordinators by state with email addresses

Facebook Page for Women Vets: Exchanging Service:heARTspeak http://on.fb.me/1EWBm8z

Patricia Lee Stotter: The intention of Exchanging Service is to engage in conversations too true for facts and too deep for words, though poems/fiction are fine. I encourage women veterans and the people who love women veterans to engage. There is only one rule: YOU CAN ONLY ANSWER A POST IN THE SAME MEDIUM, i.e. someone posts a poem, you can only answer with a poem, a photograph can only be answered with a photograph…and so on… it is not a fast conversation, it is a deep conversation.

Original material here belongs to the individual who posted and is protected by ©2015. Participants reserve and hold all rights to their material/art/posts. Reproduction without the expressed permission of the artist is forbidden.


Facebook Page for Women Vets: Service: When Women Come Marching Home http://on.fb.me/1EWBKUw

WELCOME HOME. This a safe and supportive community… a great place to share/find support and information about the unique issues women veterans face. Increasingly, we work to form strategic relationships that support your rights to timely and effective health care in a respectful and safe culture. One of those is with Disruptive Women in Healthcare:http://www.disruptivewomen.net/category/women-veterans/


Disruptive Women in Health Care “Women Veteran” Category http://bit.ly/1EWCrNI

Mary Ellen Salzano:  The Women Who Serve weekly blog is a visionary opportunity for civilians and service members and veterans to commune…to talk and listen together with profound intensity, rapport, intimacy and vulnerability.

We shall share an interchange of ideas and reflections, challenges and needs, those that are tangible and intangible as well as presenting action based solutions.  We are excited about the paradigm-shifting conversations we are entering into, where awareness is raised about military women’s experiences through eras and generations of peace and wartime.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official Handbook, Revision 4.1 (4th Edition) February 9, 2015,  http://1.usa.gov/1EnlsF5

This Handbook is written for VA Certifying Officials and anyone at a school involved with certification of beneficiaries of VA education benefits. This Handbook is a collaboration of the four Regional Processing Offices and Education Service and is intended to be the official source of information for VA Certifying Officials.

Certification instructions in this handbook are based on the use of VA-ONCE and include general information about the program. VA-ONCE is a VA Internet based application for certifying students. Detailed information about VA-ONCE is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/school_training_resources.asp

As of August 1, 2012, VA-ONCE electronic certification will be required for all programs of education except on-the-job training, apprenticeship training, and correspondence training.

There are a number of additional resources that are also available on the School Certifying Officials webpage, including Online Training For New Certifying Officials. The web-based training course is strongly recommended for new VA Certifying Officials and is also useful as refresher training for existing VA Certifying Officials.


6 Brain Injury Websites to Bookmark http://bit.ly/1M410u3

Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness http://bit.ly/17ZKufu

A significant number of individuals with mental illness are involved in the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.  As a result, these systems have become defacto mental health providers of psychological and psychiatric services to these individuals.  Often, individuals with mental illness cycle in and out of the criminal justice system due to gaps found in the community mental health system.

In order to address this revolving door effect, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Retired formed the Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness in 2011.  The Task Force evolved from the Advisory Committee on Mental Illness and the Courts (ACMIC), which Justice Stratton started in 2001.

The Task Force is composed of state agency representatives, law enforcement, judges and mental health professionals who meet regularly to increase public safety and reduce the number of persons with mental illness trapped in the criminal justice system.

If you would like further information about the Task Force, please call Michael Sheline at 614-644-8392 or Michelle Gillcrist at 216-787-5995.

BattleBuddyInfo http://bit.ly/1DX7xjZ

“Battle-Buddy Info is an Internet Directory of pre-screened non-profit resources for the military community.

Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/14kWDn1

For daily news updates, please subscribe to our two Internet newspapers: Traumatic Brain Injury News Daily and Veterans Courts News Daily


MedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News Blog/Mental Health Research http://bit.ly/1JnmYJo

Cancer Research, Heart Disease Research and Medical Research Updates from Major and Specialty Medical Journals and Health Care Meetings. Learn directly from the medical researchers as they discuss their work on MedicalResearch.com. Over 3620 exclusive interviews!