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National Guard unveils peer hotline
The National Guard unveiled its Vets4Warriors service members' counseling program at a Capitol Hill ceremony Dec. 13.
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211 California Directory
2-1-1 Directory connects people with community services and resources. 2-1-1 is to Social Services what 9-1-1 is to Emergency Services.
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Behavioral Health
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.

A Free Way for Service Members, Veterans and their Families to handle stress

Moving Forward is a new on-line training that uses life coaching to teach problem solving skills.  The program will help you learn more about how to manage stress and problem solve.  Moving Forward is created by VA and DoD to be especially helpful for Veterans, Military Service Members and their families.

To access the on-line training, please go to: http://startmovingforward.org/

Welcome to Make The Connection

Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans. Discover positive steps you can take—all in the words of Veterans just like you.

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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"


FRONT LINE is NAMI Kern County's creation to offer outreach to the veterans, their families and loved ones of our community. FRONT LINE is a monthly community collaborative of Resources in our community. We network with individuals committed to assisting veterans and their families in the faith community; in housing; in obtaining benefits; in educational training; in accessing medical and behavioral health services, and in other needed resources.

FRONT LINE holds quarterly educational and resource conferences, open to the community, to increase awareness and educate the public on issues faced by the veterans and their families. Our Speakers Bureau includes experts, veterans and families themselves who are available to speak at service organizations to increase community understanding and awareness.

FRONT LINE is also a network of weekly support groups facilitated by NAMI-trained family facilitators for the veterans, their families and others committed to serve.

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Make the Connection—with other people, with resources, with symptoms and experiences, and with treatment and support. Select "Who You Are" below to view information on issues that might be affecting your life, view real stories of strength and resilience from fellow Veterans and family members, and easily find and access support.

Visit http://maketheconnection.net for more information.

Source: KPBS
November 12, 2012 1:22 p.m.

University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is participating in a national initiative launched this year that focuses on training nurses to help meet the health needs of Service members, Veterans and their Families.  The nursing school has created the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program.  

To read more about program, please go to: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/nov/12/usds-nursing-school-training-nurses-assist-veteran/

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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