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Announcing the Army OneSource Virtual World
The Army OneSource Virtual World is an innovative and fun way for Soldiers and Families to build resiliency in the Physical, Emotional, Social, Spirit...
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Army OneSource introduces Money Matters Mobile!
Money Matters Mobile is available now! Access the new financial readiness application through your SmartPhone browser today and begin taking steps to ...
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The Role of Service Animals in Recovery
Service dogs are already being used by veterans as a unique way to cope with symptoms of PTSD.
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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"

 



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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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention is a topic that is uncomfortable and too often ignored or avoided in our society. But as Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women, it is our obligation to try to help those whom may be in despair;

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.



Vets4Warriors

Vets4Warriors a confidential peer support service with a 24 hour peer support line: 1-855-VET-TALK (1-855-838-8255) or visit http://www.vets4warriors.com.



Four Ways To Fight Stress Right Now
  1. Breathe Deeply. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can help calm and disrupt the physiologic stress response. You can do it anywhere.
  2. Focus on the Moment. Stay in the here and now. If you are eating, focus on the taste sensations; if you are moving, focus on your legs and what you are seeing.
  3. Reframe the Situation. If you are stuck in traffic, think of it as time to yourself.
  4. Keep your Problems in Perspective. Distract yourself by thinking of all the things you are grateful for. It can be surprisingly effective.