Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and while many people look at it as simply a day off from work or a chance to get a good sale, this day does have great meaning for many people. In honor of Veteran’s Day, MyDepressionConnection wishes to recognize and pay honor to those who are currently serving or who have served to protect our country. A day’s work for these individuals is no ordinary job. These are people who risk both their physical and mental health in the line of duty. Many of our veterans are at risk for mental health problems including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, service men and women returning home from a tour of duty may find that they have financial and medical difficulties. Fortunately there is help and support. In this post we are going to give you resources so that you can help support our veterans. If you are veteran in need of psychological, medical, or financial assistance we also have resources to share with you. Lastly we wish to provide links to Health Central articles and information on how to improve mental health for those serving our country.
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Ways to Help Our Veterans
• Veteran’s Support Foundation This foundation serves veterans and their families by awarding grants to organizations that address essential housing, education and medical needs.
• Bob Woodruff Foundation The Bob Woodruff Foundation educates the public about the needs of injured service members, veterans and their families as they reintegrate into their communities.
• Team Red White and Blue The mission of this non-profit organization is to transform the way wounded veterans are reintegrated into society when they return from combat and exit their position in the Active Duty force or National Guard.
• The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs This national resource lists many ways to volunteer to help veterans.
• Military.com offers an extensive list of resources to help our troops and veterans.
Resources for Veterans and Their Families
• Veteran’s Crisis Line website Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
• Defense Centers of Excellence Outreach Center (866-966-1020) DCoE assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health (PH) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) to ensure the Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families.