Resources For Veterans

FEELING SUICIDAL? For 24-hour counsel, call:

NATIONAL VETERANS CRISIS HOTLINE  1-800-273-8255

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR PREVENTING VETERANS SUICIDE (DoD &VA)

This is what the government says they are doing about suicides.  Read it & keep ’em honest!

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/docs/Office-of-Mental-Health-and-Suicide-Prevention-National-Strategy-for-Preventing-Veterans-Suicide.pdf

 

NATIONAL SERVICE DOG DIRECTORY

https://usaservicedogregistration.com/service-dog-training/

VA PROVIDED MONETARY & MEDICAL BENEFITS

A TRAVEL GUIDE, OF SORTS!

This is a good starter document to see almost everthing the veteran is entitled to in terms of health care and disabilities. Good for both the veteran and his/her family to know the BIG PICTURE!

https://www.seniorliving.org/research/veteran-care/

DENTAL CARE FOR VETERANS

This has dental care — including emergency dental care — options that are available to vets. It also includes insurance options for events and circumstances that are not covered by VA.

Dental Care Resources For Veterans

DRUG REHABILITATION – REFERENCE & IN-PATIENT

https://www.palmerlakerecovery.com/resources/veterans/

http://rehabsupportzone.com/inpatient-drug-rehab/

HYPERBARIC MEDICINE OXYGEN THERAPY FOR TBI AND PTSD

This clinic has two offices. One in Fort Walton Beach Florida and one in Destin, Florida. Say that you are a veteran. Also, see the VNRC video on this that is found elsewhere on this web site.

Link to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic

HYPERBARIC MEDICINE INTERNATIONAL

There is an International Association for Hyperbaric Medicine. This is the link.

 

BURN PIT LUNG SYMPTOMS

https://cck-law.com/veterans-law/what-are-symptoms-of-exposure-to-a-military-burn-pit/

AIRBORNE HAZARD AND OPEN BURN PIT REGISTRY

(BURN PIT REGISTRY — VA)

https://veteran.mobilehealth.va.gov/AHBurnPitRegistry/#page/home

OPIOID AND HEROIN SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Great Guides on understanding your opioid prescription drug and how to prevent and recover addictions to heroin. – From US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT!

Guide to Heroin Addiction

Guide to Heroin Rehab

ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT ENTERS FOR PTSD

Alcoholism in veterans is a very serious problem. Veterans consistently show higher rates of alcoholism than the general population, despite the many resources available specifically dedicated to helping former service members overcome addiction. The link immediately following is a good starting point.

Start Point For Alcoholism Treatment

SLEEP IMPROVEMENT THERAPIES FOR PTSD & TBI VETERANS

A primary symptom of PTSD and TBI is sleep deprivation. It has many causes, and often springs from the chronic adrenaline drip that goes with PTSD and some TBI.  But it is especially important to control the symption because it affects mental health and is also associated with cancer due to the resultant weakening of the body’s immune system.

SLEEP IMPROVEMENT THERAPIES

https://www.mattressadvisor.com/sleep-and-cancer/

HOLISTIC HEALING FOR PTSD – IMMERSION WORKSHOPS

Phoenix Is Rising is a unique holistic healing program for PTSD that brings a variety of holistic therapies to the table – all in one place – so that the correct mix of therapy is found. The Executive Director, Sylvia Bischoff, is a licensed psychotherapist.

Point of Contact is:

Sylvia Bischof, Phoenix Is Rising, 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

This is their web site: www.phoenixisrising.org

This is a link to a radio interview with Sylvia Bischoff that explains the program. https://www.jamesmillerlifeology.com/veterans-sylvia-bischoff/

 

FREE CRAFT KITS FOR DISABLED & ELDERLY VETERANS IN FACILITIES

HEAL VETS carries hundreds of various craft kits that fall within four primary categories — woodworking, leather, painting and scale modeling.

The kits are absolutely free, including all shipping costs. HEAL VETS Kits range in difficulty from level 1 to level 4 (1 being the most simple).

Each kit comes with a thank-you postcard, allowing the veteran to write a personal note of thanks directly to the donor. Postage has already been paid by HEAL VETS, so once card(s) are completed they may be picked up by your postal carrier or dropped into any USPS mailbox.

If your facility is interested in becoming a recipient of HEAL VETS arts and crafts kits, please complete the form shown in the link below. Once your submission has been received and reviewed, staff will contact you to discuss your individual needs.

USE THIS LINK TO APPLY FOR THE KITS!

https://www.healvets.org/for-veterans/request-kits-for-your-facility

BEGINNERS MEDITATION GUIDE

Various forms of meditation, from Christian meditation, to Buddhist  meditation to #Transcendental Meditation are generally recognized as aids for sufferers of PTSD, MST and TBI. This guide for beginners anticipates that you will try it with someone who is experienced. If you cannot find a battle buddy, centering around a positive word (mantra) that is signicant to you is a good place to start. If you are of a faith that has a Holy Scripture, selecting a word from the scripture to recite silently can work. Something as simple as listening to your breathing or your heartbeat, while sitting silently, can also work.  It is worth an effort to see if it works for you!

20 Guided Meditations For Beginners

BIG PICTURE DATA ON PTSD AND TBI

This is from the Congressional Research Service, and is an excellent source of big picture data on all Post 9-11 operations. You may have to copy and paste the link.

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22452.pdf

50 STATE SERVICES: VETERANS SERVICES OFFICES, OTHER

If you are moving into a state, these are a good first point of  contact. Although they are state agencies, they are knowledgeable about who to contact federally and locally. They can tell you not only about VA but also state and local benefits.

50 STATE VETERANS BENEFITS

Many vets are unaware that states offer veterans benefits in addition to those offered by the VA. Here is a great article that shows those benefits for all 50 states:

https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html?ESRC=banner.nl

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE VA’s PTSD MONTHLY NEWSLETTER  (EMAIL APP AT TOP OF PAGE)

Cut and paste this link.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVHA/bulletins/1cdac4f

CREDIT GUIDE FOR MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS

AND FAMILIES

This contains a variety of “Need to Know” and “Good to Know” information on your credit rights as a service member.

Family Credit

https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-guide-military-servicemembers-families.php

Bad Credit Issues

https://www.bankrate.com/personal-loans/bad-credit-loans/#veterans

 

GUIDE FOR AGING VETERANS – NATL COUNCIL FOR AGING CARE’s GUIDE ON MILITARY BENEFIT OPTIONS

http://www.aging.com/complete-guide-for-veteran-seniors/

PTSD EDUCATION

GET A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE IN PTSD!

University of Maryland offers a psychology degree with emphasis in PTSD.

online.maryville.edu/online-bachelors-degrees/psychology/understanding-a-veteran-with-ptsd/

APPLYING FOR A VA LOAN

Great set of starter pamphlets on how to use the VA loan program from US News and World Report:

https://loans.usnews.com/va-loans

https://loans.usnews.com/va-loans#how-va-loans-work

https://loans.usnews.com/va-loans#additional-va-home-loan-programs

TRAVELING WITH PAIN – A HANDBOOK ON COPING

Great little guide for those travelling with migraines, chronic injury, degenerative pain, surgical pain and the like.

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling With Chronic Pain

TRAVEL GUIDE AND TRAVEL SERVICES FOR VETERANS

Military Veterans’ Travel Guide – Ideas, Discounts, & Resources

TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR VETERANS AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

Getting from point A to B, is especially difficult for transportation disadvantaged vets. In rural areas it can be almost insurmountable. But help in understanding your options is here!! Review this booklet on getting help with transportation!

https://www.thezebra.com/veterans-transportation-benefits/

NUTRITION CONNECTION  TO DEPRESSION AND MENTAL HEALTH –  FOR VETERANS

Article submitted by Gail Perez 254-368-9783 Gperezwork@yahoo.com

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738337/?fbclid=IwAR1AVCqFqfV5XPv9voGrk6ta-PfwuXVMrUjyDZsvZWzC2sZIAKboC_-tLrg

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