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Money Management International Free Webinar Schedule
Money Management International offers free webinars on financial topics.
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The Army OneSource Virtual World announces the arrival of the VRC.
The Army OneSource Virtual World is the next generation of innovation for virtual world services and resources designed to serve Soldiers and Families...
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Joining Forces
On Tuesday, April 12th, first lady Michelle Obama announced “Joining Forces,” an initiative to support the unique challenges faced by troops and milit...
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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.



Shinseki: VA seeks to fix mental health gaps

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Tuesday May 8, 2012

There were no apologies Tuesday from Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to veterans who struggle to get mental health appointments, only a promise that VA will hire additional staff as quickly as possible and a warning that the need for treatment is likely to grow.

Shinseki testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee in response to a two-week-old VA inspector general report that found less than 50 percent of veterans seeking help received an initial evaluation within 14 days, which is the VA’s stated goal.

VA had been reporting that 95 percent of first-time patients were receiving a mental health evaluation within 14 days, but the IG found this was not accurate.

Shinseki did not dispute the findings, but said the mental health and well-being of veterans “is the highest priority for me, our department and our nation” and insisted VA has been expanding its ability to help.

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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"

 



By Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 – Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care.

The Exceptional Family Member Program supports military families with special medical and educational needs, and the program is now in the process of being standardized across the force to make it easier for such families as they move from one assignment to another, regardless of location or military affiliation.

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NAMI Information and Services - Free Programs

NAMI is The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness.

NAMI offers a Family-to-Family Education Program - a free 12 week course for family and friends with serious mental illness. For more information this program, click here.

Also, NAMI offers a Peer-to-Peer Education Program - a free 10 week recovery education course for adults with mental illness. Click here for NAMI Peer-to-Peer information.



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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