John Mickelson Vet Activist
PTSD in female veterans
By Vicky M Krause
What are some of the symptoms of PTSD and anxiety in female veterans, and how do these symptoms affect their daily lives?
There are several risk factors that can increase the likelihood of a female veteran developing PTSD and anxiety, including:
By Vicky M Krause
In our work at Veterans National Recovery Center, we have interviewed a number of female veterans who have reported sexual assault and harassment while in the military. It has resulted in PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The question is How do you think gender may play a role in the experience of PTSD and anxiety?
Gender can play a significant role in the experience of PTSD and anxiety among veterans. Research suggests that there are differences in the types of trauma experienced by male and female veterans, which can lead to differences in the presentation and course of PTSD and anxiety symptoms.
There are a number of programs available to help veterans with home repairs that they cannot afford. One program is the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) program, which provides grants to veterans with certain disabilities to help them build, remodel, or purchase homes that meet their accessibility needs. Another program is the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program, which provides grants to veterans for home improvements necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access. Additionally, some state and local government programs, as well as non-profit organizations, may offer assistance with home repairs for veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can provide more information and assistance in finding the right program for individual needs.
By Camille Johnson
Leaving what you've grown used to, and starting life afresh after service, can feel like you're starting off on shaky ground. However, it is possible to make the transition to civilian life smoothly if you have the resources and knowledge of what to do next.
Visit the Veterans National Recovery Center for assistance as we advocate on your behalf with all the major public institutions to help make this possible.
Get going with your resume
Once you've taken the necessary time off to rest and get settled, the next thing to do is get started on your resume so that you can find work. It may feel like you're diving into the deep end, but doing so sooner rather than later can help quell some of the nerves and anxiety associated with overthinking it. Resources such as Zety can help you draw up your resume and tailor it to the industry you're applying for. Job boards worth checking out that cater to veterans specifically include Hire Veterans, RecruitMilitary, and Hire A Veteran.
Set up a savings AND emergency account
There are many reasons to set up a savings and emergency fund - separately. While a savings account is valuable for when you eventually retire one day or to pay for your child's college expenses, an emergency account is just as beneficial for when you need to cover unexpected costs, such as repairs to your home or vehicle. In addition, financial stability is not only good for when you need funds urgently, but it is also beneficial for your mental health, as financial stress can take an enormous toll on your mental well-being.
Has loss turned your life upside down? You’re not alone. Grief often reveals itself in unexpected and sometimes overpowering ways – as if you don’t even recognize yourself anymore. It can feel like everything is out of control; but with a little effort, you can restore composure to your life. In this post shared by the Veterans National Recovery Center, we'll explore powerful goals that you can pursue to take back the reins on grief and reclaim your identity.
I had an opportunity to speak at the Women’s March Rally in Des Moines on the topic of Women Veterans – who they are – how valuable to America they are – and how they are impacted by the Supreme Court overturning Roe V Wade and replacing if with new and different precedent in Dobbs V Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
How much do Asians and Pacific Islanders contribute to US national defense? Lots! I met with American Legion Post 1003 Commander Philip Chen at the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Friday, October 7th .
These pics are from the planning & execution of the Veterans National Recovery Center entry at the Veteran Parade at Veterans Day at the Fair. Bright points: Retired Admiral Mike Franken walked with us, and I also had my first taste of Boboa tea (delicious) at the Saigon Vietnamese restaurant at the fair. Over 70 vet group entries this year, so lots of fun & camaraderie. VNRC focused on the problem of Veteran suicides. Years after the wars, the rate is still around 4 times the rate of the civilian population in Iowa. VNRC will be floating proposals to reduce the rate later in the year.