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Mental Health Tips For Helping Veterans

Veterans Day not only offer an opportunity for us to thank them for their service but also allows us to remember and reflect on their sacrifices.

Who Will Defend America?

Only two out of ten applicants are accepted into our Military because the other eight cannot meet the strict set of standards.

$700,000 Grant Funds Two-Year Study to Follow Legal Experiences of 400...

Two-Year Study Aims to Evaluate the Effect of Free Legal Services for Veterans

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – December 04, 2013

Ten years ago, My HealtheVet began as an electronic health record (EHR) pilot program with 7,000 users nationwide. Today, more than 2.5 million registered users actively participate in their health care using My HealtheVet.

Veterans Court Program Helps Warriors Battle Addiction, Mental Health Crises

Former Marine Cpl. Eric Gonzales doesn’t remember much about the night last year he led police in Orange County, Calif., on a high-speed, 26-minute chase that ended when he threw his truck into reverse and crashed into the patrol car behind him.

Struggling Veterans May Get Help With Grant

Advocates and stakeholders are seeking extra resources to help rehabilitate veterans who have wound up in the criminal justice system.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 06, 2013

Keeping your kids healthy is one of your top priorities as a parent, but it’s not always an easy task. Between staying on top of their normal checkups and trying to get them to wash their hands before dinner, there are a lot of things that could slip through the cracks.

VA Meets President’s Mental Health Executive Order Hiring Goal

The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired 815 Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices, exceeding the hiring goal set in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012 Executive Order aimed at improving access to mental health services for Veterans, service members and military families.

TBI Challenge II

Gatlin’s appeal essentially argues two main points: that the VA’s test wasn’t sufficiently capable of evaluating the damage to the brain of a high-functioning individual like Gatlin, and that the psychologist who examined him wasn’t qualified or trained well enough to administer the VA’s tests and interpret the results.

Veterans Call For Better Emotional Support

Young war veterans are calling for better emotional support for those returning from service in Afghanistan.

VA Hires Over 1600 Mental Health Professionals to Meet Goal

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has met the goal to hire 1,600 new mental health professionals outlined in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012, Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 20, 2013

The complaint is the culmination of an investigation by special agents from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey G Hughes, and special agents from the ...

Veteran Shares Personal Stories to Help Others with Brain Injuries

He is a former Army sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled veteran and someone with a brain injury he is Adam Anicich.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 13, 2013

The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has added more than 1,000 mental health professionals and 200 support staff over the past eight months to meet the needs of returning veterans, but still has more to do to meet the requirements of an executive order issued by President Barack Obama.

VA Hires More Mental Health Professionals to Expand Access for Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it has made significant progress in providing increased access to mental health care services for our Nation’s Veterans by hiring new mental health professionals.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – January 03, 2013

Below is a blog post from Military Pathways, written by Dr. Steven L. Sayers, a psychologist and director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Coaching Into Care program.

Online Toolkit Aims to Support Mental Health Providers Serving Vets in...

The goal of the Community Provider Toolkit is to further enhance the delivery of mental health services to Veterans through increased communication and coordination of care between community providers and VA.

Industry Recognizes VA Campaigns for Raising Public Awareness for Vets Mental...

Two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public awareness campaigns designed to help Veterans who seek mental health care assistance have received forty-three industry and association awards for communication and design excellence.

Suicide Awareness at VANYHHS

In recognition of September as Suicide Prevention Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs is calling on individuals and communities across the country to show their support for Veterans in crisis and help raise awareness of the VA mental health services Veterans have earned.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 05, 2012

Life on a college campus can be a very self-contained environment. Students generally live in dorms and spend the majority of their time within the campus.

Checklist of Environmental Hazards Helps Reduce Inpatient Suicides in VAMCs

When receiving care in a hospital, suicidal patients could take advantage of anything from bedding to belts to kill themselves.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 27, 2012

On Jan. 27, 2005 in Iraq, Marine Corp Eusebio Collazo suffered a cerebral contusion, a broken leg and a host of other injuries as a result of a mortar attack.

Aurora Shooting Brings Out the Usual Cast of Crazies

- Could It Have Been Prevented?

New Mental Health Center at VA Palo Alto Health Care System...

The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel joined Veterans, staff and congressional representatives on June 22 to open a state-of-the-art, 80-bed acute mental health center at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 23, 2012

On Thursday, US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood "unveiled a new portal on their departments' websites designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 16, 2012

Department of Defense Detroit's Cobo Center will host three major U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored events from June 26-29.

VA Announces New Mental Health Clinic in Tampa

The Department of Veterans Affairs has selected University Corporate Park of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to build a new mental health clinic for Veterans in Tampa, Fla

VA/DoD PTSD Coach App Wins Innovation Award for Telemedicine Advancement

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (DoD) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) coach mobile application marked its first anniversary with receipt of an award for innovation in the advancement of telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association.

Not Every Veteran is Broken

The wounds of Veterans, both physical and mental, are real and have widespread effects on Veterans and their families.

Mobile Application Helps Prevent Post-deployment ‘Blues’

“Service members who are used to a more-structured daily schedule may have difficulty adjusting to life at home,” she said. “This can lead to difficulties with relationships, depression and other problems.”

Meditation: Can It Help Reduce Your Pain?

Meditation, which can be practiced in many different forms, has been used for thousands of years to benefit the mind, body and soul.

A New Component of US Military Combat Preparedness: Meditation

Between 2004 and 2008, suicide rates among U.S. Army personnel increased by 80 percent, according to a study published in the medical journal Injury Prevention.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News April 26, 2012

Make the Connection is a portal to the stories of Veterans who have overcome the challenges that can occur after the military. Hear stories like yours, or browse the resource page to help start down your own path toward recovery.

VA to Increase Mental Health Staff by 1,900

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki today announced that the department would add approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce of 20,590 mental health staff as part of an ongoing review of mental health operations.

Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – February 18, 2012

Veterans facing criminal charges who are in need of mental health or substance use treatment may be eligible for Veterans Treatment Court, if they live in one of the growing number of communities where these courts exist.

Veterans Crisis Line Provides Confidential Help to Veterans and Families

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its efforts to prevent suicide through several new initiatives that increase the availability of services for Veterans, Servicemembers and their families.

VA Treating Veterans Mental Health

VA Salt Lake City Health Care Systems offers a PTSD Assesment intake clinic every Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Bear Lake room of Builging 16. It is a walk-in only Assesment.

VA Introduces Make The Connection

Make the Connection, a new campaign launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is creating ways for Veterans and their family members to connect with the experiences of other Veterans.

Understanding Mental Health More Each Day

Veterans may be interested in some highlights from Grand Rounds held this month, "Facing Down Stigma in the Consulting Room: Reality Oriented Treatment."

Suicide: The War on Poverty…Poverty won!

Suicide…the War on Poverty…Poverty won!