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Get help for PTSD

GENERAL LEADS BY EXAMPLE

Army General Carter Ham, Commander of Libya Operations Sought Help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Army Gen. Carter Ham is the highest-ranking U.S. officer to admit seeking help for post traumatic stress syndrome.

Army General Carter Ham, is the commander of the allied operations in Libya has had his own challenges before taking on this job.

General Ham admitted to obtaining help for PTSD and sets an example for others to follow.   We need all of our troops who are experiencing symptoms to obtain professional help. The mentality has changed and getting help from a mental health pro or from your chaplain will not end your military career.  Instead, it may enable you to reach new heights as it has for General Ham.  General Ham went through this back in 2005 as a one star General and his career has prospered since obtaining treatment.

General Ham began in the Army as an enlisted infantryman in the 82nd Airborne while he was attending college.  Ham has served state side and in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Macedonia and Iraq.  He headed the U.S. African Command and now heads the U.S. military operations in Libya and the rest of the continent.

He also was involved in the survey of troops on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

MilitaryConnection.com encourages any member of the military or their family member to seek help and heal.  It takes a more courage to admit you have a problem then to ignore it.   If you have a buddy who is doing through a difficult time and won’t get help, you need to get it for your buddy.

If you cannot find the help you need, we recommend our friends at Give An Hour – They have a network of over 5,300 mental health professionals that each donate one hour a week of free and private counseling to military, veterans, family, significant others and friends.  This impacts everyone.   You can reach Give An Hour – www.giveanhour.org.

VA Launches New PSA on Suicide Prevention for Veterans

Confidential Crisis Line Provides 24/7 Access to Help

They go through the training. They put on the uniform. They leave their loved ones behind and go off to defend our freedoms. The very least we can do, as a grateful nation, is to help them find their way home. As more and more of our men and women in uniform return from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is an increasing need for mental health care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to Veterans in crisis and their families in a new public service announcement to raise awareness about suicide prevention resources, such as the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The PSA encourages Veterans in crisis to call the crisis hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained VA mental health professional, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The PSA can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/VeteransHealthAdmin#p/u/1/PPL7CAHixQE.

The hotline, which is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, was started in 2007 as a partnership between VA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  So far, the hotline has led to more than 13,000 rescues of actively suicidal Veterans. The hotline also operates an online Veterans Chat program, which provides Veterans, their families and friends with the ability to communicate anonymously online in real-time with a trained VA mental health professional.  Veterans Chat can be accessed through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s web page at http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans/Default.aspx. Through the hotline and Veterans Chat, VA can connect Veterans and their families with important services, including suicide prevention coordinators, as well as general inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services at VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics. Suicide is 100% preventable, and it is everyone’s responsibility.

Final Deadline for Retroactive Stop Loss Pay Claims March 18th

Military PayActive Duty Military, Veterans and beneficiaries of Active Duty Military who were involuntarily extended under the stop loss program between September 11th, 2001 and September 30th, 2009 have until this Friday, March 18th, to file claims for their retroactive stop loss pay. Although this deadline has been extended a number of times, this is the now the final deadline.

The retroactive bonus pay covers 145,000 military personnel who were forced to remain on duty beyond their original discharge date, following the September 11th attacks. Congress approved back pay of $500 for each month of involuntary service; the average lump-sum due is between $3,500 and $3,800. Applications must be submitted by March 18th, 2011. Submit your application online at www.defense.gov/stoploss.

Give A Thousand Thanks Project

GIVE A THOUSAND THANKS PROJECT AIMS TO SHOW FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN THAT AMERICA CARES
TAPS Organizers Hope Thousands Will Post Thank You Notes, Photos & Videos Before Memorial Day

There is a new project that allows a grateful nation to express gratitude and support for the families of our fallen military. Organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Give a Thousand Thanks project aims to collect thousands of messages, photos and videos to remind those left behind that America remembers and appreciates the service and sacrifices their families have made.

“People often ask us what they can do to help military families who have experienced the death of a service member. Expressing your gratitude is a great first step” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and chairman. The “Thanks in Action” page lists other ways to get involved in helping the families of our fallen military. Users can learn about how to volunteer, donate to support TAPS services for surviving families, join the TAPS Run & Remember Team or purchase a Baghdad bracelet to wear.

“Community support plays a role in helping surviving families” said Carroll. “The Give a Thousand Thanks project gives America a way to show its care and support for these families who have sacrificed so much for their country.”

The messages, photos and videos posted on the site will be displayed at the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp being held near Washington, DC over Memorial Day Weekend, where they will be seen by hundreds of surviving families of our fallen military. Postcards can also be mailed in and will be displayed at the event.

For more information about the Give a Thousand Thanks project, go to www.GiveAThousandThanks.org. For more information about TAPS, go to www.taps.org or call toll-free 800.959.TAPS.

SCRA Interest Cap

Did you know that under the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), any active duty servicemember who has credit card debt, auto loans, education loans and/or a mortgage, taken out prior to active duty, can have the interest capped at 6% under this federal law?

American Soldier Coming Home 

Marine Capt. Jonathon Rowles has brought to light serious violations of the Service Members Civil Relief Act. The purpose of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is to provide for, strengthen, and expedite the national defense by allowing servicemembers to devote their energies to the defense of the Nation, instead of worrying about their finances. 

New York investment bank Morgan Stanley is facing questions in an ever-widening probe concerning wrongful foreclosures of borrowers on military deployment and overcharging thousands for mortgages. Also under scrutiny is J.P. Morgan Chase Co., who admitted to overcharging 4,500 active-duty military members, and wrongly foreclosing on 18 mortgages. These two companies are among other financial institutions that may have violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act. Any active duty servicemember that has credit card debt, auto loans, education loans and/or a mortgage, taken out prior to active duty, can have the interest capped at 6% under this federal law. 

Senator Jack Reed, (D-RI) and Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) are pushing for federal investigations of improper banking practices regarding mortgage protections. Quoted in USA Today, Senator Reed stated, “Soldiers fighting on the frontlines to protect our country shouldn”t have to needlessly fight with banks to protect their homes. JP Morgan Chase was violating the law, and I am concerned other banks may also be wrongly overcharging our troops or taking unfair advantage of their situation”. 

Senator Kerry has written a letter to Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, asking for an investigation. Kerry authored legislation enacted in December that extended SCRA provisions, freezing home forclosures for nine months after a service member is released from active duty. The legislation also prohibits mortgage interest rates from being raised above 6% for one year after release from active duty. 

Legal Loan Protection For Active Duty Military

Service Members Civil Relief Act

Active Duty Military and their families often fall victim to predatory lending practices. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) is there to protect your rights. Many credit card loans, auto loans, education loans and mortgages taken out before active duty can be capped at 6% under Federal Law. If you are paying MORE than 6% interest on a loan or credit card taken out before active duty and after notifying your lender about active duty, you should schedule a free consultation with an Attorney. Girard Gibbs is one of the leading law firms representing consumers across the country in class action lawsuits against some of the country’s largest corporations. Call 866.981.4800 or click here for more information. Advertisement.