Tag Archives: PTSD

Gun safety: An important conversation during Suicide Prevention Month

Politically speaking, firearms are a divisive topic in this country. Practically speaking, they are the most lethal method of attempted suicide; about 85 percent of suicide attempts using guns end in death, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. …

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The secret to Veteran enrichment: Get involved!

Team Red White & Blue Executive Director You may know Team RWB as the organization that is getting Veterans active. And while physical and social activities are certainly WHAT we do, enriching Veteran’s lives is WHY we do it. This is how we do it.

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VA Rallies Community Support for Veterans During Suicide Prevention Month

One small act could save the life of a Veteran or Servicemember in crisis – that’s the inspiration behind “The Power of 1” campaign.  The campaign launches this September during Suicide Prevention Month and is a joint project coordinated by …

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The National Center for PTSD celebrates 25 years of leadership in research and education

Acting Executive Director, Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD On Aug. 29, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) celebrates its 25th anniversary. For the past 25 years, the Center has been the leader in research and education helping those who are living with PTSD. The anniversary comes as organizations across the country recognize the importance of mental health this September during Suicide Prevention Month.

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Improving the mental health needs of Servicemembers, Veterans and their families

In remarks to Veterans attending the 96th annual American Legion National Convention today, the president announced executive actions that will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to improve the mental health services they provide to …

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VA researchers explore the possibility of taking the trauma out of traumatic memories

Writer, VHA’s Office of Communications Anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans develop PTS symptoms, according to VA estimates. These include flashbacks, nightmares, depression, social withdrawal, emotional numbing, hyper-alertness, anxiety and irritability.

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How many more? Veteran suicide and the 1, 2, Many Project Podcast

Veteran, Veteran advocate

One Veteran suicide is too many. Read about a Marine Veteran’s initiative to help Veterans in crisis.

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In Mobile, Ala., homeless Veterans have a guardian angel

Writer, VHA’s Office of Communications

An “angel” helped Vietnam Veteran Joe Carr come back from homelessness and life troubles.

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Turning memories into literature

Public Affairs Specialist, Washington DC VA Medical Center

Veterans at the Washington DC VA Medical Center learn to channel memories into words as part of their healing process during a 13-week creative writing workshop.

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High school senior to swim across Lake Erie to benefit Veterans

Thanking a Veteran means something different to everyone. Some express their gratitude with a simple “Thank You” or a handshake. Others may volunteer at their local Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Not many show their appreciation by swimming across one of …

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