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: 1/15/2015 3:21:50 PM

Winter Edition 2015

NEWS

After the Sea of Goodwill: A Collective Approach to Veteran Reintegration

For a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine who has served in a military at war for more than a decade, reintegrating into civilian life can be challenging . . . [a]re we doing enough to ease this transition for those who have served and sacrificed so much on our behalf?

- Michèle A. Flournoy, April 2014

In the context of our nation’s reaction to Vietnam veterans, citizens across the country have embraced the post 9-11 generation of veterans with open arms. Americans have pledged hundreds of thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars, and countless volunteer hours to recognize, assist, and thank our service members and their families in a groundswell of support—a “sea of goodwill.” Yet as combat operations come to an end in Afghanistan, “the potential exists for this sea to become an ocean of apathy.”2 In fact, recent empirical evidence suggests that the “sea of goodwill” has already begun to wane.3 The need remains, however, for substantive, long-term efforts to assist veterans and their family members as they transition out of uniform and reintegrate into their civilian communities.

Download the full report from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Reintegration: Veterans / Families / Communities from October 2014 >>


Australians Present e-Mental Health Challenges, Solutions

By Phillip Johnson and Betch Schwinn, DCoE Public Affairs

With a population of just eight people per square mile, providing health care to remote regions has long been a challenge for Australia, a researcher from Australia’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation told attendees last week at a brown-bag lunch hosted by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

After its mailing of a manual in 1980 resulted in a decline in alcohol abuse, the University of Queensland realized that remote health programs could be effective, said the researcher, David Kavanagh. Queensland’s program, On Track, is now available online with additional offerings that include depression, diabetes and disaster challenges. Kavanagh is also a psychology professor at the university, where he has developed and tested methods of remote mental health service delivery for the last 20 years. Read the article here >>


New Anger Management Course Now Available

Anger is an emotion that everyone feels. It can range from mild irritation to intense fury. Different people experience different triggers, with the most common being stress, frustration, disappointment, resentment, annoyance and disrespect. Though everyone experiences anger, it becomes a problem when it is felt too intensely, experienced too frequently and expressed inappropriately.

To help those looking to improve their lives by better managing their anger and taking control of their thoughts and actions, the Department of Veterans Affairs developed Anger & Irritability Management Skills (AIMS). The information within AIMS derives from over 20 years of work with Veterans, both male and female, from all eras, identifying patterns, trends and common situations that makes this program particularly relevant for those with a military background.

AIMS is based on a cognitive behavior treatment that not only provides insight into anger and aggression, including its effect on the body and mind, common warning signs and triggers, but also helps those taking the course develop action plans to help control their aggression.

Getting Started Managing Your Anger AIMS is comprised of eight modules, with each module taking approximately 30-60 minutes per module. Veterans and Service members using the course can find guidance on the following topics:

1. Understanding Your Anger

2. Breaking the Aggression Cycle

3. Behavior Tools to Manage your Anger

4. Cognitive Tools to Manage your Anger

5. Conflicts and Communication

6. Your Anger Control Plan

7. Making it Work

AIMS joins Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges, Parenting for Service Members and Veterans, and PTSD Coach on the Veteran Training Resource Center. Like all courses offered on the Veteran Training Resource Center, it is free, confidential and designed with military members in mind.

Article >>    Veterans Training Center >>


UPCOMING EVENTS

Vietnam Veterans Week FB (Fire Base) Camp American Legion

June 8-14, 2015

In the heart of The Northwoods there is a haven for Wisconsin veterans, active duty service members and their families who could use a little “help to heal.” With fully furnished cabins, a restaurant-quality dining
facility and many recreational facilities and activities, Camp American Legion is the place for those who could use a hand on the road back to health. Download flyer >>

HOPE4Vets

What was your resolution? Was it to do more, Pay It Forward and help people this year!! Well here is your chance to help Pay It Forward. We are collaborating with the community and veteran organizations to Pay It Forward. Each individual has different purpose and dream in life but in the end we all come together with one goal, to help others.

We have 6 events this year so far and need the community and the veterans to come together. We needs help with donations, volunteers and other duties to help the homeless, our nursing home veterans and all veterans. If you have any questions please feel free to contact individuals on the attachments or 920-471-2119


Resources

Make the Connection - Shared experiences and support for Veterans

Locate Information and Resources: No matter what you may be experiencing, there is support for getting your life on a better track. Many, many Veterans have found the strength to reach out and make the connection. To find the Veteran resources most helpful for you, fill in your zip code or state and then check the boxes to indicate the programs or topics you are interested in learning more about. Learn more >>

Military OneSource​

A comprehensive, no-cost benefit for you and your family, providing confidential non-medical counseling, financial and tax services, childhood services, adult and elder care information and referral, health and s=wellness coaching and more! 800-342-9647. www.militaryonesource.mil

Healing Warrior Hearts

Experience a community of support form fellow vets as well as civilians, people committed and willing to listen to your stories with compassion and confidentiality, without judgement. www.healingwarriorhearts.org (414) 374-5433 or (800) 236-4692.

Babies on the Homefront

This app provides you with ideas for handling those everyday moments. You can tailor the information to your young child’s age and your current status: at home, leaving soon, returning home, veteran, or at a hospital. Learn more at www.babiesonthehomefront.org or download the free app. English and Spanish versions available in the iTunes Store and Google Play Store.