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Miss America Supporting Veterans

Jul 24 2014

miss america 4Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, was in the Washington, D.C. area today and stopped by Dog Tag Bakery this morning to bring awareness and support to disabled veterans employment!

Dog Tag Bakery is a project that trains veterans with disabilities and their spouses how to run a small business – covering everything from trash pick-up to building a website. The program is a joint effort between Georgetown University and Dog Tag Bakery.

Thanks for supporting our disabled veterans and their spouses, Ms. Davuluri!

Photo: Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, chats with Connie Milstein and the 1st class of students from Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown this morning at their future storefront site. Image courtesy of Dog Tag Bakery.

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“Dogs of War” Documentary Looking for Veterans

Jul 24 2014

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PawsAndStripesThe A&E Documentary Series “Dogs of War” is looking for military veterans with PTSD/MST/TBI who are interested in exploring alternative therapies and would like to obtain a service dog. Must be willing to relocate and commit to a 6-12 month program in Rio Rancho, NM. Please email veterandogdoc@gmail.com or call (505)633-6698.

If approved for the documentary/program, the service animal, training costs, training equipment, and mental health counseling is provided to the veteran free of charge. A&E is profiling a New Mexico organization called Paws and Stripes, which was founded by  Iraq war veteran Jim Stanek and his wife Lindsey.

This is a great opportunity for a veteran in need of a service dog and time is of the essence! If you’d like to talk more about the project, please feel free to call Parker (505) 633-6698 or Anne at (505) 633-6698 or email them at veterandogdoc@gmail.com.

Image from the Paws and Stripes Facebook page.

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June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

Jun 27 2014

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In honor of PTSD Awareness Day today, we’re sharing another resource to help spread information on military mental health treatments available to those with Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms. If you know of a veteran, servicemember, or military family member in need of help, please pass this on!

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Military Pathways, a program of the Department of Defense, is encouraging servicemembers, veterans, and their families to take advantage of a free, anonymous mental health self-assessment tool available at MindBodyStrength.org to determine if they have symptoms that might be PTSD or another common mental health disorder such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

At MindBodyStrength.org, users provide some basic demographic information and answer a set of questions about their symptoms. After completing the assessment, users receive immediate feedback as to whether their symptoms are consistent with those of a mental health condition such as PTSD.

It is important to note that only a health care provider can diagnose a mental health condition such PTSD after a thorough medical evaluation, but a self-assessment is a private and valuable step that can provide users with more information about their own mental health.  Lingering symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, hypersensitivity and emotional numbness can not only interfere with work and social life, they can also be an indication of the need for medical intervention.

To learn more about Military Pathway’s visit www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org.

For more options, check out these other military mental health and PTSD resources:

 

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Together We Served (TWS)

Jun 19 2014

June is PTSD Awareness Month, and in an ongoing effort to educate others on the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress and the available resources, we’re sharing information on Together We Served (TWS) today:

Across the country, countless veterans are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Statistics show that 11-20 percent of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 10 percent from the Gulf War, and about 30 percent of Vietnam veterans are impacted by this condition. Unfortunately, roughly half of those individuals do not get adequate treatment. Fortunately, many of them reach out online for support.

PTSD Awareness Day (June 27) is a chance to raise awareness about the condition and lead veterans to supportive communities. Together We Served (TWS), the largest exclusively military online community of its kind, provides a safe space for veterans who are dealing with the condition to share their story, reach out for support, and heal.

If you’re looking for someone to reach out to online, TWS may be a good place to start. You can also visit RealWarriors.net for resources on everything from post-traumatic stress to anxiety and other issues. And Vets 4 Warriors also has a 24/7 help line fully staffed by fellow veterans who also know what it’s like to go through what you may be experiencing. For more information on Vets 4 Warriors, check out MOAA’s veterans service and Claims Assistance blog.

National Center for PTSD homepage

 

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PTSD Awareness Month Resources

Jun 06 2014

Published by under Health & Living

Not all war scars can be seen. Many servicemembers suffer from psychological injuries.

InvisibleWoundsSince June is PTSD Awareness Month, MOAA wanted to share stories and additional resources for servicemembers, veterans, and military family members who may be coping with the effects of post-traumatic stress.

The April 2013 issue of Military Officer magazine dealt with Invisible Wounds, and talked about the stigma associated with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), as well as options for treatment.

If you or someone you know need help, please visit or share these resources (and read the article for others):

MOAA members also have access to an archive of articles on mental and physical wellness, and feature stories on unique ways to deal with trauma. Login to learn more:

A marine fights the ravages of war: A Marine uses his resources to help other Marines reintegrate into society after deployments.

The emotionally intelligent warrior: The Army makes sure its soldiers are both physically and emotionally strong.

Writing to overcome trauma: Whether it’s during wartime or decades later, many veterans find writing helps them come to terms with traumatic experiences.

Theater of war: Theater performances of Sophocles’ plays about war and what now is known as PTSD help servicemembers realize they are not alone.

Coping with PTSD through the arts: Nearly a fifth of combat veterans are returning home with PTSD, posing a challenge to the military’s mental health care system. Art therapy can be an effective supplement to medical treatment.

 

National Center for PTSD homepage

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