A quarterly newsletter for mental health professionals, health care providers, social workers and others who work with veterans and/or their family members. Features recent news, research, tools, resources and information on upcoming events.




Date: 9/23/2014 3:26:00 PM

Fall 2014 Edition

 Events     |     News     |     Resources

    UPCOMING EVENTS     

Northeast Wisconsin Warrior Summit Tuesday, October 7, 2014army_milsmall.jpg
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay

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Featured Keynote speakers:

Dr. Michael McBride: Understanding Combat PTSD and How to Help Veterans and Their Families

Veterans and Family Panel: Their Journey Discussing the War Experience and Reintegration to Family Life.

Special Luncheon Speaker: John Maino

Breakout Sessions include:

  • Care for the Caregiver: Helping Those Who Care for Veterans Care for Themselves
  • Recovery: Helping Veterans’ with Substance Use Problems
  • Military Culture for Clinicians
  • Veterans’ Treatment Court
  • Suicide Prevention Among Veterans and Service Members
  • Veterans’ Health Coalition
  • Agencies Advocating on Behalf of Veterans
  • Native American Veterans’ of America
  • A Discussion of Homeless Veterans Services
  • After the War Zone: Reintegration into Civilian Life
  • Resiliency for a Veteran Audience

For more information and to register: www.wiwarriorsummit.com

        NEWS         

Flags display, Senate bill put focus on veteran suicides

vet-news-2.jpgA new bill aimed at improving suicide prevention for veterans was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, as nearly 2,000 flags were planted within view of the Capitol — each one representing a current or former service member who had committed suicide so far this year.

Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., introduced the Suicide Prevention for America’s Veterans Act, which includes provisions extending combat eligibility for health care from five years to 15 years, and establishing a process for reviewing potentially wrongful discharges and reversing those which may have been caused by mental health issues. Read more in Stars and Stripes >> 

WDVA Secretary Scocos Announces Grant Application Period Open to Nonprofit Organizations that Serve Veterans, Families

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos announced today that the Department will begin accepting applications for grants up to $25,000 from registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. Non-profits interested in applying for this onetime grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by October 31, 2014. Learn more >>

Repeat Brain Injury Raises Soldiers’ Suicide Risk

People in the military who suffer more than one mild traumatic brain injury face a significantly higher risk of suicide, according to research by the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah.

The risk of suicidal thoughts increased significantly with the number of TBIs, even when controlling for other psychological factors, the researchers say in a paper published online Wednesday, May 15 in JAMA Psychiatry, a specialty journal of the American Medical Association. Read more about the study >>

vet-news-1.jpgOlder Vets Committing Suicide at Alarming Rate

Veteran suicide numbers have gone up in recent years with much of the attention focused on veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan killing themselves. However, almost seven out of 10 veterans who have committed suicide were over the age of 50, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study. Learn more >>

     RESOURCES     

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, an important time to shine the light on current and former troops who are struggling with depression and other invisible wounds. Suicide in the military has become a huge issue over the last decade, with the rate of self-inflicted deaths by both active-duty troops and veterans reaching alarming levels. If you need help – or know someone who needs help – the following is a list of resources:

veteranscrisislinelogo.pngMilitary Crisis Hotline: Short of dialing 911 in a life-or-death situation, the military crisis hotline can be your first stop if you or someone you know is feeling severely depressed – even if they just need to talk about what they’re feeling. The phone number is 1-800-273-8255 and you can also chat with them online at www.militarycrisisline.net or www.veteranscrisisline.net/ForVeterans.aspx.

PTSD Coach: The Department of Veterans Affairs has a website and app called PTSD Coach that aims to help troops and veterans manage issues like anger, sleep and trauma triggers.

MilitaryMentalHealth.org:Military Pathways offers free, anonymous online self-assessments.

AfterDeployment.org: Provides interactive videos, resources, assessments and more information focusing on PTSD, anger, depression, and other topics.

The VA: The Department of Veteran Affairs’ Mental Health page is filled with resources to address a variety of mental health concerns.

The USO: Offers a variety of resources to deal with post-traumatic stress and depression. Two such programs include:

USO Caregivers Conferences: Held on or near different military installations around the United States, these USO conferences discuss caregivers’ issues like resiliency, communication, compassion fatigue and how to talk to children after a parent has been injured.

USO/Stronger Families Oxygen Seminars: This Bothell, Wash.-based nonprofit helps couples – especially military couples affected by injuries or long separations – open the lines of communication. Their Oxygen Seminars have become a key partner program of USO Warrior and Family Care.

Trauma Resource Center for Military Families and Professionals: Wars have brought unprecedented challenges to military families all over the world. Nearly 800,000 service members and their 2 million children have experienced the psychological drain of multiple, prolonged deployments. The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC), in collaboration with the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc., has created the Trauma Resource Center for Military Families and Professionals. This is an excellent tool to easily find detailed information and resources for military families.

Wisconsin Operation: Military Kids: Serves our state youth in all military branches who have been affected by deployment in service to our country.