By Debbie Gregory.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 11 to 20 percent of OEF or OIF active duty service members and Veterans have symptoms of PTSD. There is a plethora of articles regarding awareness, diagnosing and treating PTSD, as well as a wealth of resources available.
The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns. The website provides numerous resources, including articles, apps and tools, to name a few.
Physician Advocates for Veterans (PAVE) has a network of retired physicians who volunteer to help military Veterans and their caregivers better understand their healthcare conditions and options. They also assist in managing the interactions between the patients and their healthcare providers. PAVE physicians will spend the time Veterans and their families need to be sure you comprehend your choices. This empowers veterans to make more informed decisions and obtain improved outcomes. All PAVE’s services are provided free of any costs.
Psych Armour is a not for profit company that provides education and support to the civilian community, in order to teach them how to best work with military members and Veterans. PsychArmor Institute is the nation’s leading organization in providing innovative training and effective support to all civilians, arming them with everything they need to work confidently and effectively with military and veteran populations. While they do charge for membership, members have access to an extensive library of online courses and continual support through their Civilian Support Center. Additionally, members have the opportunity to interact with other civilians who are serving those who served.
Give an Hour is dedicated to assisting those facing mental health issues created through the military service of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their volunteer providers donate free, easily accessible confidential counseling to military members and their loved ones. They can quickly respond to those who don’t have access to military or VA facilities, and give help to those who seek confidential care separate from the military environment.
Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their families. We are the go-to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go-to site.
Resources for PTSD Awareness and Treatment: Military Connection: by Debbie Gregory