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Army Strong Community Center - Grand Opening!
Army Strong Community Center Grand Opening in Grand Rapids Michigan 03 March 2012.
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Spouse Telephone Support Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a telephone support program to help the spouses of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
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Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!
Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to ...
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Behavioral Health
As the nation recognizes Veterans Day, U-M supports troops on the battlefield, home front

HomeFront Strong program aims to build resiliency in military spouses, partners experiencing distress associated with deployment.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- While many military mental health initiatives emphasize the needs and wellbeing of service members, a program at the University of Michigan is focused on improving the lives of military spouses and partners experiencing the stress of deployment.

An eight-week group program, HomeFront Strongis designed to help military family members build social support and positive relationships, learn new approaches to self-care and understand resiliency and positive coping.

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Psychological Health & Well-Being Resources

Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

Military Pathways, a voluntary, anonymous mental health and alcohol education and screening program, offered to military personnel and their families in all branches, including the National Guard and Reserve, has launched - "The Video Doctor".

The American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association is the professional organization of psychologists in the United States. Information about PTSD is available online.

Coming Home Project
The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted, since 2006, to providing compassionate expert care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers.

Courage to Care
Courage to Care is a campaign to inform Military families of the warning signs, risk factors, steps of action and resources to identify and help Soldiers who may be contemplating suicide.  

Deployment Health Clinical Center PDHealth
PDHealth.mil is a resource for clinicians, veterans, and their families. Their goal is to create a partnership between military men and women, veterans, their families, and their providers to ensure the highest quality care for military personnel.

Gift From Within
Gift From Within is a non-profit organization with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) information and healing resources (essays, ptsd videos and dvds

Give An Hour
Give an Hour is a non-profit organization that asks mental health professionals nationwide to give one hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Those military personnel who take part in the free service then give an hour back in their own community through community projects and volunteer work.

The U.S. Army health promotion and wellness website.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Veterans Resource Center
The Center's resources include fact sheets, self-help information, online discussion groups, research and policy updates, and links to government agencies and other private organizations.

The National Center for PTSD
The NCPTSD web site provides veterans, family members, clinicians, and researchers with a variety of educational resources, fact sheets, and videos on PTSD topics which may be downloaded via the site’s information center. The Center also has guides, available in PDF format, to help military personnel and their families understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them readjust to home life.

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)
NACVSO officers serve as liaisons between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Servicemembers and their families.
New Regulations on PTSD Claims
Download a question and answer document on the new PTSD regulations and see if you qualify to receive compensation.

Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
An online screening tool to help Soldiers and family members who may be dealing with the emotional and psychological after effects of deployment, including depression and post traumatic stress disorder. The site does not provide diagnosis but suggests options for counseling and further assistance.

The official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.

Military OneSource
Offers 24/7 support to military personnel and their families by phone, online and face-to-face through private counseling sessions in the local community. Consultants are available by calling 1-800-342-9647.

Pathway Home
The goal of the Pathway Program is to provide a comprehensive program of treatment and support for its warriors so that they can continue to recover from the stressors of war or combat or other traumatic military-related stressors.

Paws for Purple Hearts
Begin University of Canine Studies’ Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH), helps heal our returning combat veterans by teaching those with psychological scars, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to train service dogs to assist their comrades with physical disabilities.

Our mission objective of PTSDanonymous.org appears simple but it is not -- to eventually establish a nationwide network of community based, non-clinical, veterans lead support group meetings for those suffering from military trauma and seeking the fellowship of their peers.

Real Warriors Campaign
This initiative was launched to promote resilience, facilitate recovery and support reintergration of returning Servicemembers, veterans and their families.
Returning From The War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder developed a manual to help families with military members returning from war. The manual is available free of charge for download.

SAFE Program

18 Session family education program for people who care about someone who is living with mental illness or PTSD.

Seamless Transition (Veterans’ Affairs)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created this web site to provide benefits information and assistance to eligible veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro-bono program run by mental health professionals to provide support, counseling and educational services to the families of National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.

US Welcome Home Foundation
A non-profit organization offering social, emotional, spiritual, and economic needs of Soldiers and veterans through family retreats (the Phoenix Project), research, referrals, and advocacy.

Veterans and Families Coming Home
A private initiative, this web site provides information for families, employers, and communities, to help support homecoming veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.

Veterans for America
Veterans for America (VFA), formerly the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, aims to unite veterans from past wars to address the needs of veterans, Servicemembers, and families. It has published the Resource Guide: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, in order to provide a comprehensive directory of resources and benefits to assist in readjustment for returning veterans.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, with its Auxiliaries, includes 2.4 million members in approximately 9,000 Posts worldwide. Veterans can find resources through the organization’s web site and become involved in service projects.

An online community of military veterans.

Women’s Mental Health Center
Part of the NCPTSD, the Center offers residential programs for women veterans of all eras.

New App for Combat Veterans


Activity Jackpot AppThe Defense Department has announced the release of a mobile application to help Servicemembers adjust to life at home after returning from combat deployments. Positive Activity Jackpot, developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology, uses augmented reality with a smartphone’s GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions for someone used to the high tempo of combat life. A behavioral therapy called Pleasant Event Scheduling is the basis for design of the application. The therapy encourages a daily schedule of enjoyable activities to improve moods and overcome depression.

The AACC and Army OneSource partner to provide Faith-Based Treatment Services

AACC LogoThe 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.

Shinseki: VA seeks to fix mental health gaps

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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Helping Military Families: "A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment"

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"


ACCESS YOUR FREE VA HEALTH CARE BENEFITS OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans can receive five years of cost free medical care for injuries or illness related to their active duty or military service.

Comprehensive VA health benefits, including preventative care, mental health care, prescriptions, emergency and surgical care are available to all Veterans with a copay.

Who is Eligible? 
Veterans, including activated Reservists and members of the National Guard

How do I Enroll?
(www.oefoif.va.gov) or by phone (877-222-VETS), mail or in person at a VA Medical Center.

PRNewswire via COMTEX
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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US Army examines why some soldiers avoid PTSD care, strategies to keep them in treatment

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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