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One Veterans perspective on homelessness, PTSD and VA’s H-PACT teams

In 2000, I ran. I was still running away from the guilt, shame, and anger of what I went through in the war. Chronic homelessness and life on the streets became my new reality until I found out about the VA Leeward CBOC in 2013. Another homeless Veteran friend of mine saw me on the streets and said he had been getting help from the H-PACT team. He told me to go get help.

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Online tools provide hope, help for Veterans

For some veterans, managing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may seem like an overwhelming task. To assist in this process, the VA’s National Center for PTSD is offering online tools that help Veterans manage symptoms anywhere, anytime. According …

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Prolonged Exposure: A first-line treatment for PTSD

In 2006, VA began a national training initiative to help VA clinicians learn two of the most effective types of psychotherapy for treating PTSD, Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.  Today over 6,000 VA therapists have been trained in these …

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2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition underway

The 2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition began on January 1st. During the months of January, February and March, Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase. It’s an exciting time with art exhibits and performances by Veterans occurring across the country.

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Mobile Vet Center deployed to El Paso, Texas

A deployed a Mobile Vet Center and clinical staff today to provide counseling services to Veterans, Servicemembers, families and fellow VA staff members in the wake of Tuesday’s shooting at Ft. Bliss, Texas. The mobile center is currently located at the El Paso Community College (9050 Viscount St, Building A., El Paso) serving those in need of counseling services through 4:30 p.m. today.

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Veteran enters festival for ‘Glory’

“It is absolutely therapy and therapy is good,” he added. “It takes your mind off the everyday stresses that could be affecting you. If you’re creating, your mind is on something else, and that keeps you healthy.”

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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival begins today

More than 100 Veterans from across the country are in Milwaukee today through Sunday for the 2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The Festival, presented by VA and the American Legion Auxiliary, showcases the artistic achievements of Veterans from across …

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Veteran learns to thrive after war and tragedy

Like many Veterans, Brandon brought the war home: Combat had changed him. This proud son of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, whose family members include the tribal chief and a Vietnam combat Veteran, needed help. Encouraged by loved ones, he sought care …

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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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