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    Heroes and Healers:

    Resources for Veterans and their Families


     

     "Valor is stability, not of legs and arms but of courage of the soul."

    - michael de montaigne

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    These are services we have personally come across that we love and that have changed our lives, and we hope yours too. It is not an exhaustive compiling of everything available to you out there, but ones we can speak to experiencing.  

    Veterans Crisis Line

    The Veterans Crisis Line and online chat are free to all Veterans, even if you are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of Veterans call us every day—and start to get back on track. Whatever’s got you down—chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even homelessness—a Veterans Crisis Line responder can provide support, day or night. Texting also available and very convenient. 

     

    PTSD Coach App

    The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides you dependable resources you can trust. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also learn from this app. PTSD Coach was created by the VA's National Center for PTSD and theDoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

     

    Stage Seven

    Alternative medicine for veterans. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi. For many veterans, the return home can be the most difficult challenge of military service, especially when the resources to help them adjust to life off the battlefield are inadequate, ineffective, or incapacitating. Now Stage Seven is here to help. 

     

    Hope for Heroes

    Hope for Heroes mission is to provide confidential counseling at no charge for military personnel and their family members who have counseling needs as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Also complementary and alternative medicine; acupuncture, massage therapy, biofeedback, herbal therapy, tai chi, and more. 

     

    Horses for Heroes

    Honoring Soldiers injured in service in partnership with the horse. Helping them to adjust physically and emotionally in their post war lives.  Men and women who have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan are learning how to heal after having their lives changed by IED’s,  post traumatic stress and other wounds received during their deployments to the Middle East.

    Healing Trauma ( PTSD )

    I have tried this guided imagry meditation CD and think it is a powerful, inexpensive way to explore healing neuroligically. Other guided imagry choices for military here .


    " A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have. "
    - Theodore Roosevelt

    Jeanice Pantier-Mullen, LMFT-A 

    Specializing in working with couples and families who have a history of trauma and one or more in the family have chronic pain. Her primary approach is one of integrating attachment, neurobiology and meaning, using in-session experience to help couples and families discover new ways of healing, unique to their styles of relating. This approach also integrates restoring function with rediscovering joy through relationship.

    Trager Method, Barbara Nehman Austin, Texas

    Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illnesses, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life.

    WarFighter Sports

    Providing year round sports programs for severely wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict and the Global War on Terrorism.

    Wounded Warrior Project

    To honor and empower wounded warriors. To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.


    Heroes Night Out Greeen Zone

    The Center will provide Veterans access to representatives providing services including VA claims representation, education benefits, home loans, PTSD counseling, employment assistance and much more in a positive and responsive environment


    Yoga Warriors

    Healing the wounds of war breath by breath 

     

     

    VA Caregiver Support

    VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan

     

    Military Warriors Support Foundation 

    Supporting combat wounded veterans during their transition to civilian life

     

     

    Google For Veterans

    This site was made by some veterans, family of veterans and friends who work at Google. We understand the challenges of serving, coming home and transitioning to civilian life. We've been there. Some of us are still figuring it out. Here are some free Google products we've gathered together that have made our lives easier. Hopefully, they can do the same for you.

     

     

    Operation Purple

    The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relationships, in spite of the current military environment.

    Operation Purple Healing Adventures is a family camp experience for active duty or medically retired service members who were wounded or experienced emotional trauma or illness related to their service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Members of the National Guard and Reserve may be in either activated or drilling status, provided their injury was sustained while on active duty status.

     

    Catch A Lift 

    To help wounded post 9-11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships anywhere in the United States.


    Wounded Warrior Family Adventures 

    The WWFA organization provides family adventures, which include transportation, lodging, activities, food and counseling sessions at no charge to disabled Warriors and their families to Broaden the Warriors’ perceptions of what they can achieve; and Reconnect family members through enhanced communication and understanding.

     

    Outward Bound for Veterans

    helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through FULLY FUNDED wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

     

     

    Meditation and Recovery

    A twelve-step group meets weekly at Austin Zen Center. It is an AA meeting that integrates meditation periods with discussion.

     

    Operation Family Caregiver

    Provides free and confidential support to the families of those who have served in the global war on terrorism. Our specially trained coaches help military families learn how to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along. 

     

     

     

    Books:

    Shock Waves

    Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family 

    The Mood Cure

    Wired for Love 

    America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq- exerpt, NPR

     

     

    "When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?"

    - George Canning

     

    "The New Epidemic"

    "Given the number of troops deployed, tens of thousands of soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen may be suffering from this pernicious combination of PTSD and lasting problems from mild traumatic brain injury. They become, quite literally, different men and women than they used to be, a generation of warriors whose fight has shifted from external combat zones to invisible internal battlefields.

    The issue has ignited debate in scientific and military circles, where much of the basic science remains in dispute. Are the two conditions related? If so, how? Does having a mild traumatic brain injury increase the chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder? Or does surviving a terrifying event somehow make it more difficult for the brain to recover from a concussion?

    Doctors also struggle to tell the two conditions apart. PTSD and traumatic brain injury can produce similar symptoms, such as problems with memory and concentration. Yet both conditions escape detection by medical imaging devices, hindering diagnosis. Other conditions further complicate the picture. Besides PTSD and cognitive problems stemming from brain injury, soldiers also face chronic pain, missing limbs, vision, hearing and other physical problems.

    "It's very complicated," said Jennifer Vasterling, who has studied the issue and treated soldiers as chief of psychology at the Boston Veteran's Administration Hospital. "There are no simple scenarios."

    -The Aftershock That Shook Psycho Platoon, by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR, March 13, 2012, 10 a.m.