||"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."
IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, ACTIVE-SERVICE MEMBER, OR MILITARY FAMILY MEMBER AND WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE.
The parade is on December 15, 2012.
Sign up deadline is November 20, 2012.
Click here to sign up for the parade and additional parade information.
The American Association of Christian Counselors is committed to the needs of the military and has been working diligently to increase our presence and resources under the strong leadership of Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bob Dees who is our Military Director. As such, the AACC is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Army OneSource and the groundbreaking opportunity to provide faith-based treatment services to those men and women who serve so sacrificially in our nation’s armed forces.
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Tuesday May 8, 2012
There were no apologies Tuesday from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to veterans who struggle to get mental health appointments, only a promise that VA will hire additional staff as quickly as possible and a warning that the need for treatment is likely to grow.
Shinseki testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in response to a two-week-old VA inspector general report that found less than 50 percent of veterans seeking help received an initial evaluation within 14 days, which is the VA’s stated goal.
VA had been reporting that 95 percent of first-time patients were receiving a mental health evaluation within 14 days, but the IG found this was not accurate.
Shinseki did not dispute the findings, but said the mental health and well-being of veterans “is the highest priority for me, our department and our nation” and insisted VA has been expanding its ability to help.
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>Dr John Panopoulos a chiropractor and acupuncture physician from Park Ridge, IL has pledged his support of "Healing Hands for 4 Heroes," a program endorsed by the Illinois Chiropractic Society (ICS) in partnership with Army One Source to raise awareness of the unique challenges of military life on our Service Members and their Families and to address the growing need for accessible health services. "Healing Hands 4 Heroes" is a program includes specific training for doctors and healthcare providers to identify and treat the "invisible wounds of war'. Dr Panopoulos has received training through Army One Source in identifying both physical and emotional issues service members and their families are facing as a result of multiple deployments. Thanks to the Congress of Chiropractic Associations(COCSA), "Healing Hands 4 Heroes" is spreading across the nation.
By signing a covenant, Dr John Panopoulos pledged to work closely with his community to honor the commitment of service members, veterans and families. Additionally he pledged to educate, support and provide resources available to maintain the health, well-being and readiness of our Armed Forces, Veterans, and Families. To demonstrate the commitment of chiropractic physicians statewide, the Illinois Chiropractic Society held a formal Community Covenant Signing Ceremony on October 01, 2011, in Lisle IL, which Dr Panopoulos attended. Dr Panopoulos is the Clinic Director of Active Health located in Park Ridge, IL and offers Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Rehabilitation, Clinical Nutrition and Holistic Medicine.
The Illinois Chiropractic Society (ICS) represents the chiropractic profession in Illinois. ICS was established in 1926 as a non-profit organization and is acknowledged in the Illinois Medical Practice Act of 1987. ICS promotes and advances professional standards of ethics, education, training and quality health care for all. As the organization representative of the chiropractic profession in Illinois, ICS is active in protecting patients's rights, in serving the community, and promoting interaction with healthcare professions and service organizations.
More than 1.6 million men and women have served in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Almost half of these heroes are married, and almost half have children - most of whom are five years and younger. Our service members make great sacrifices overseas, but so do the friends, families and loved ones they leave behind.
A new one-of-a-kind resource handbook and video is being made available to servicemembers’ families and friends, courtesy of an independent film production company, Vulcan Productions, owned by philanthropist Paul G. Allen. The handbook and video aim to help families and friends prepare for the emotional challenges encountered before, during and after deployment
Together in partnership with the representatives from the U.S. military, leading researchers and clinicians and veteran service organizations from around the country, Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions is honored to release a new multimedia resource to serve these military families: "A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment".
A free screening of the movie “The Invisible War” is available for viewing on the evening of November 27 at the Marion VA Medical Center. This award-winning documentary is focused on the issue of Military Sexual Trauma. To see a trailer for the movie go to www.invisiblewarmovie.com
If you are interested in more information on that screening please contact:
Laura Gallagher Watkin, J.D.
Director, Illinois Connections Programs:
Assisting Veterans & Military Families | Warrior 2 Warrior Volunteer Vets | Families of the Fallen
Health & Disability Advocates
205 W Monroe, Ste. 200, Chicago IL 60606
The Illinois Connection Programs is offering Military Sexual Trauma training.
November 28, 2012
9am – 4pm.
The training will be at the National Guard Armory in Murphysboro.
There is a $25 for this training which includes lunch and CEU’s ( Scholarships available)
Although this is the second level of the Military and Veteran 101 workshops, no previous experience or prerequisite is necessary.
Space is limited, so register soon!
REGISTER ONLINE: http://tinyurl.com/MSTNov28
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July 24, 2012, 9:10 a.m. EDT
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Department of Defense has a new smartphone mobile application to help service members and their families manage the challenges of military life. LifeArmor has seventeen behavioral topics with information, assessments, videos with personal stories and interactive exercises to develop coping skills. LifeArmor can be downloaded for free at the App Store, Google Play and soon on the Amazon Marketplace.
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May 7, 2012
U.S. Army researcher Maj. Gary H. Wynn, M.D., shared new analysis on why some Soldiers suffering from combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) never seek care or drop out of treatment early during a presentation today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting. His presentation, "Epidemiology of Combat-Related PTSD in U.S. Service Members: Lessons Learned," also described the approaches the Army is using to address this issue and improve overall patient outcomes.
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