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Veteran Solutions

Veteran Solutions

 

US VA &​​ Government Websites

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

http://www.va.gov

Center for Minority Veterans 

http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials)

http://www.cem.va.gov 

VA Mental Health

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking

VA National HIV/AIDS Program

http://www.hiv.va.gov

Homeless Veterans

http://www.va.gov/homeless

Geriatrics and Extended Care

http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view

Compensation Information

http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/

Tricare

http://www.tricare.mil/

VA Employment Services

https://www.explore.va.gov/employment-services

 

Post Traumatic​​ Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal​​ given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping,​​ and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The​​ disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  

The Department of Defense announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military​​ service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

PTSD FAQs
PTSD Discussion Forum
 

 

Identity Theft Protection Information

As you may be aware of already, older Vets and retirees are becoming increasingly popular targets for identity thieves. The headaches, stress, and monetary losses that​​ come with being a victim can be life altering for families. One way identity theft can be prevented is by enrolling in an identity theft protection service that will prevent identity theft from ever occurring. Not only do identity theft services notify you of suspicious activity, they also go as far as to monitor every bit of sensitive information including bank info, credit card info, social security numbers, and even addresses and names.

There are several Identity Theft Protection services available that​​ monitor all your basic information for a low monthly rate, and even offer mobile tools to help you stay connected on the go. Some of the companies will also throw in computer protection software as a bonus, which is especially useful since the majority of​​ us are always connected to the web. The first link provides information from the Federal Trade Commission for consumers regarding Identity Theft.  Although the right solution for each person depends on what features they value most in an identity theft protection service, the next three links below provides reviews and comparisons of the products (these companies are not affiliated with the American Legion).  The last two links provide detailed advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft (this company is not affiliated with the American Legion).

■ http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

■ http://www.reviews.com/identity-theft-protection-services/

■ http://www.consumeraffairs.com/privacy/index.html

■ http://comparitech.net/id-protection

■ http://www.elitepersonalfinance.com/how-to-prevent-identity-theft/

■ http://www.elitepersonalfinance.com/veterans-identity-theft/

 

Women Veterans

For a start of a complete women's casualty list see They Gave Their Lives.

The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's website is at​​ VWMF.

The VA Website has a page dedicated to women veterans:  Center for Women​​ Veterans (CWV)

For the Women in Military Service for American Memorial (WIMSA) website, click​​ here

 

Other Resources

U.S.Gov​​ - an online guide to government information​​ and services.

Military OneSource - A hub and go-to-place for the military community.

The​​ Mesothelioma Veterans Center offers free veteran specific resources and support to veterans affected by Mesothelioma.

 

*This site is limited to links to .gov, .mil, and .org that directly benefit veterans.  Links to .com will generally not be​​ included unless they provide a specific resource to veterans that is not otherwise available.