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Resources for Troops & Veterans, Their Families, & Those Who Provide Services to Them

 

Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP

 

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I collected the following resources to make them more easily available to military troops and veterans, their families, and those who work with them.

The resources I've gathered fall into 3 groups:

First, there are 81 citations of recent articles and books on such topics as combat trauma, resilience, deployment's impact on troops & their families, the challenges of returning home after discharge, bereavement, and providing clinical services to troops and their families. To maintain a focus on recent and emerging works, I've limited the publications in this section to those published in 2014-2017.

Second, there are links to 32 helpful organizations and programs, such as aid and assistance programs for each branch of the service, Operation Military Support, Military Spouse Career Center, Seamless Transition for Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan, Disabled American Veterans, Veteran Employment site, legal information & resources for military personnel and their families, National Military Family Association, Operation Family Fund, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, & Books for Soldiers.

Third, 14 there are links to United States military organizations.

This collection is not meant to be comprehensive but rather a starting point, especially for those in remote geographic areas or otherwise without convenient access to these materials. Because there is such a vast literature in such broad areas as trauma, bereavement, disability, assessment, therapy, and rehabilitation, the resources below are limited to those that focus exclusively on the military troops, veterans, and their families.

81 Recent Articles & Books (published in 2014-2017):

  1. Anestis, J. C., Harrop, T. M., Green, B. A., & Anestis, M. D. (2017). Psychopathic personality traits as protective factors against the development of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in a sample of national guard combat veterans. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 39(2), 220-229. doi: 10.1007/s10862-017-9588-8
  2. Bartholomew, T. T., Badura-Brack, A. S., Leak, G. K., Hearley, A. R., & McDermott, T. J. (2016). Perceived Ability to Cope With Trauma Among U.S. Combat Veterans. Military Psychology. Advance online publication.
  3. Borowa, D., Robitschek, C., Harmon, K. A., & Shigemoto, Y. (2016). Posttraumatic stress and growth in student service members and veterans: The role of personal growth initiative. Journal of American College Health, 64(7), 527-534.
  4. Britton, P. C., Bohnert, K. M., Ilgen, M. A., Kane, C., Stephens, B., & Pigeon, W. R. (2017). Suicide mortality among male veterans discharged from Veterans Health Administration acute psychiatric units from 2005 to 2010. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 1-7.
  5. Brown, N. B., & Bruce, S. E. (2016). Stigma, career worry, and mental illness symptomatology: Factors influencing treatment-seeking for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers and veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(3), 276-283
  6. Bryan, C. J., Griffith, J. H., Pace, B. T., Hinkson, K., Bryan, A. O., Clemans, T. A., & Imel, Z. E. (2015). Combat Exposure and Risk for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Military Personnel and Veterans: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
  7. Castillo, D. T., Chee, C. L., Nason, E., Keller, J., C'de Baca, J., Qualls, C., Keane, T. M. (2016). Group-delivered cognitive/exposure therapy for PTSD in women veterans: A randomized controlled trial. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(3), 404-412.
  8. Chueh KH, Chang TY. 2014. Effectiveness of group reminiscence therapy for depressive symptoms in male veterans: 6month followup. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 29: 377-83
  9. Cook JM, Dinnen S, Simiola V, Bernardy N, Rosenheck R, Hoff R. 2014. Residential treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Department of Veterans Affairs: A national perspective on perceived effective ingredients. Traumatology: An International Journal 20: 43-49
  10. Curry JF, Aubuchon-Endsley N, Brancu M, Runnals JJ, Fairbank JA. 2014. Lifetime major depression and comorbid disorders among current-era women veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders 152-154: 434-40
  11. Denneson LM, Corson K, Helmer DA, Bair MJ, Dobscha SK. 2014. Mental health utilization of new-to-care iraq and afghanistan veterans following suicidal ideation assessment. Psychiatry Research.
  12. Disner, S. G., Kramer, M. D., Nelson, N. W., Lipinski, A. J., Christensen, J. M., Polusny, M. A., et al. (2017). Predictors of postdeployment functioning in combat-exposed U.S. Military veterans. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(4), 650-663.
  13. Doherty, A. M., Mason, C., Fear, N. T., Rona, R., Greenberg, N., & Goodwin, L. (2017). Are brief alcohol interventions targeting alcohol use efficacious in military and veteran populations? A meta-analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 178, 571-578.
  14. Engelhard, I. M., Lommen, M. J., & Sijbrandij, M. (2014). Changing for Better or Worse? Posttraumatic Growth Reported by Soldiers Deployed to Iraq. Clinical Psychological Science, available online ahead of print
  15. Fortney, J. C., Curran, G. M., Hunt, J. B., Lu, L., Eisenberg, D., & Valenstein, M. (2017). Mental health treatment seeking among veteran and civilian community college students. Psychiatric Services, 68(8), 851-855. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201600240
  16. Frankfurt, S., & Frazier, P. (2016). A Review of Research on Moral Injury in Combat Veterans. Military Psychology, published online in advanc of print edition.
  17. Friedman, M. J. (2014). Suicide risk among soldiers: Early findings from Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). JAMA Psychiatry, 71(5), 487-489.
  18. Gallegos, A. M., Streltzov, N. A., & Stecker, T. (2016). Improving treatment engagement for returning operation enduring freedom and operation Iraqi freedom veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal ideation. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204(5), 339-343.
  19. Gilman, S. E., Bromet, E. J., Cox, K. L., Colpe, L. J., Fullerton, C. S., Gruber, M. J. & Army STARRS Collaborators. (2014). Sociodemographic and career history predictors of suicide mortality in the United States Army 2004–2009. Psychological Medicine, 44(12), 2579-2592
  20. Godfrey, K. M., Mostoufi, S., Rodgers, C., Backhaus, A., Floto, E., Pittman, J., & Afari, N. (2015). Associations of military sexual trauma, combat exposure, and number of deployments with physical and mental health indicators in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 366-377.
  21. Goldberg, J., Magruder, K. M., Forsberg, C. W., Friedman, M. J., Litz, B. T., Vaccarino, V.& Smith, N. L. (2015). Prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Aging Vietnam-era Veterans: VA Cooperative Study# 569, The Course and Consequences of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam-era Veteran Twins. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  22. Goldstein, L. A., Dinh, J., Donalson, R., Hebenstreit, C. L., & Maguen, S. (2017). Impact of Military Trauma Exposures on Posttraumatic Stress and Depression in Female Veterans. Psychiatry Research.
  23. Groer, M. W., Kane, B., Williams, S. N., & Duffy, A. (2014). Relationship of PTSD symptoms with combat exposure, stress, and inflammation in American soldiers. Biological research for nursing, 1099800414544949.
  24. Hahn, A. M., Tirabassi, C. K., Simons, R. M., & Simons, J. S. (2015). Military sexual trauma, combat exposure, and negative urgency as independent predictors of PTSD and subsequent alcohol problems among OEF/OIF veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 378-383
  25. Hendin, H. (2017). Psychodynamic treatment of combat veterans with PTSD at risk for suicide. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 45(2), 217-235.
  26. Hoge, C. W., Lee, D. J., & Castro, C. A. (2017). Refining Trauma-Focused Treatments for Servicemembers and Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Progress and Ongoing Challenges. Jama Psychiatry, 74(1), 13-14.
  27. Hoge, C. W., Riviere, L. A., Wilk, J. E., Herrell, R. K., & Weathers, F. W. (2014). The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in US combat soldiers: a head-to-head comparison of DSM-5 versus DSM-IV-TR symptom criteria with the PTSD checklist. The Lancet Psychiatry, 1(4), 269-277.
  28. Hoglund, M. W., & Schwartz, R. M. (2014). Mental health in deployed and nondeployed veteran men and women in Comparison with their civilian counterparts. Military Medicine, 179(1), 19-25.
  29. Holliday, R., Williams, R., Bird, J., Mullen, K., & Surís, A. (2015). The role of cognitive processing therapy in improving psychosocial functioning, health, and quality of life in veterans with military sexual trauma-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychological Services, 12(4), 428-434.
  30. Hundt NE, Barrera TL, Mott JM, Mignogna J, Yu H-J, et al. 2014. Predisposing, Enabling, and Need Factors as Predictors of Low and High Psychotherapy Utilization in Veterans. Psychological Services: No Pagination Specified
  31. Hundt, N. E., Barrera, T. L., Robinson, A., & Cully, J. A. (2014). A systematic review of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in veterans. Military medicine, 179(9), 942-949.
  32. Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition: This is a complete online book developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense. It is addressed specifically to clinicians and focuses on the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.
  33. Jahn, D. R., Muralidharan, A., Drapalski, A. L., Brown, C. H., Fang, L. J., & Lucksted, A. (2017). Differences in suicide and death ideation among veterans and nonveterans with serious mental illness. Psychological services.
  34. Juan, M. J. D., Nunnink, S. E., Butler, E. O., & Allard, C. B. (2017). Gender role stress mediates depression among veteran men with military sexual trauma. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 18(3), 243-250.
  35. Johnson, W. B., Bertschinger, M., Snell, A. K., & Wilson, A. (2014). Secondary trauma and ethical obligations for military psychologists: Preserving compassion and competence in the crucible of combat. Psychological Services, 11(1), 68-74.
  36. Johnson, N. L., Robinett, S., Smith, L. M., & Cardin, S. (2015). Establishing a new military sexual trauma treatment program: Issues and recommendations for design and implementation. Psychological Services, 12(4), 435-442.
  37. Johnson, L., Shipherd, J., & Walton, H. M. (2015). The Psychologist's Role in Transgender-Specific Care With US Veterans. Psychological Services.
  38. Jordan, A. H., Eisen, E., Bolton, E., Nash, W. P., & Litz, B. T. (2017). Distinguishing war-related PTSD resulting from perpetration- and betrayal-based morally injurious events. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(6), 627-634. doi: 10.1037/tra0000249
  39. Karlin BE, Cross G. 2014. From the laboratory to the therapy room: National dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System. American Psychologist 69: 19-33
  40. Kim, H. M., Levine, D. S., Pfeiffer, P. N., Blow, A. J., Marchiondo, C., Walters, H., et al. (2017). Postdeployment suicide risk increases over a 6-month period: Predictors of increased risk among midwestern army National Guard soldiers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(4), 421-435.
  41. Kintzle, S., Schuyler, A. C., Ray-Letourneau, D., Ozuna, S. M., Munch, C., Xintarianos, E., Castro, C. A. (2015). Sexual trauma in the military: Exploring PTSD and mental health care utilization in female veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 394-401
  42. Köbach, A., Schaal, S., Hecker, T., & Elbert, T. (2017). Psychotherapeutic intervention in the demobilization process: Addressing combat-related mental injuries with narrative exposure in a first and second dissemination stage. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 24(4), 807-825.
  43. Koenig CJ, Maguen S, Monroy JD, Mayott L, Seal KH. 2014. Facilitating culture-centered communication between health care providers and veterans transitioning from military deployment to civilian life. Patient Education and Counseling.
  44. Lating, J. M., Moore, R. A., Sherman, M. F., Kirkhart, M. W., Everly Jr, G. S., & Chen, J. K. (2017). Political affiliation, probable PTSD, and symptoms of depression in Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans: A pilot study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(10), 809-811.
  45. Lee, H., Aldwin, C. M., Choun, S., & Spiro Iii, A. (2017). Does combat exposure affect well-being in later life? The VA Normative Aging Study. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 9(6), 672-678.
  46. Lee, J., Possemato, K., & Ouimette, P. C. (2017). Longitudinal changes in combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn veterans with hazardous alcohol use: The role of avoidance coping. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(10), 805-808.
  47. Lehavot, K., Simpson, T. L., & Shipherd, J. C. (2016). Factors associated with suicidality among a national sample of transgender veterans. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(5), 507-524.
  48. Logan, J. E., A. Skopp, N., Reger, M. A., Gladden, M., Smolenski, D. J., Faye Floyd, C., & Gahm, G. A. (2014). Precipitating circumstances of suicide among active duty u.S. Army personnel versus u.S. Civilians, 2005–2010. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Advance online publication.
  49. Luxton, D. D., Pruitt, L. D., Wagner, A., Smolenski, D. J., Jenkins-Guarnieri, M. A., & Gahm, G. (2016). Home-based telebehavioral health for U.S. military personnel and veterans with depression: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(11), 923-934.
  50. Macera, C. A., Aralis, H. J., Highfill-McRoy, R., & Rauh, M. J. (2014). Posttraumatic stress disorder after combat zone deployment among Navy and Marine Corps men and women. Journal of Women's Health, 23(6), 499-505.
  51. Mawanda, F., Wallace, R. B., McCoy, K., & Abrams, T. E. (2017). PTSD, Psychotropic Medication Use, and the Risk of Dementia Among US Veterans: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  52. McCormack, L., & Ell, L. (2016). Complex Psychosocial Distress Postdeployment in Veterans: Reintegration Identity Disruption and Challenged Moral Integrity. Traumatology. Advance online publication.
  53. McDevitt-Murphy ME, Murphy JG, Williams JL, Monahan CJ, Bracken-Minor KL, Fields JA. 2014. Randomized controlled trial of two brief alcohol interventions for oef/oif veterans. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
  54. McKibben, J. B. A., Fullerton, C. S., Mash, H. B. H., Nock, M. K., Naifeh, J. A., Kessler, R. C., Ursano, R. J. (2014). Suicidal behaviors and the use of mental health services among active duty Army soldiers. Psychiatric Services, 65(3), 374-380.
  55. Mercado, R., Ming Foynes, M., Carpenter, S. L., & Iverson, K. M. (2015). Sexual intimate partner violence as a form of MST: An initial investigation. Psychological Services, 12(4), 348-356.
  56. Mishuris RG, Stewart M, Fix GM, Marcello T, McInnes DK, et al. 2014. Barriers to patient portal access among veterans receiving homebased primary care: A qualitative study. Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care & Health Policy.
  57. Mondragon, S. A., Wang, D., Pritchett, L., Graham, D. P., Plasencia, M. L., & Teng, E. J. (2015). The influence of military sexual trauma on returning OEF/OIF male veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 402-411.
  58. Morgan, J. K., & Desmarais, S. L. (2017). Associations Between Time Since Event and Posttraumatic Growth Among Military Veterans. Military Psychology.
  59. Nock, M. K., Stein, M. B., Heeringa, S. G., Ursano, R. J., Colpe, L. J., Fullerton, C. S., The Army STARRS Collaborators. (2014). Prevalence and correlates of suicidal behavior among soldiers: Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). JAMA Psychiatry, 71(5), 514-522.
  60. O'Brien, C., Keith, J., & Shoemaker, L. (2015). Don't tell: Military culture and male rape. Psychological Services, 12(4), 357-365.
  61. Palmer, G. A., Graca, J. J., & Occhietti, K. E. (2016). Posttraumatic Growth and Its Relationship to Depressive Symptomatology in Veterans With PTSD. Traumatology. Advance online publication.
  62. Pittman, J. O. (2014). Latino Veterans with PTSD: A Systematic Review. Behavioral Sciences, 4(3), 320-340.
  63. Possemato, K., McKenzie, S., McDevitt-Murphy, M. E., Williams, J. L., & Ouimette, P. (2014). The relationship between postdeployment factors and PTSD severity in recent combat veterans. Military Psychology, 26(1), 15-22.
  64. Ramsawh, H. J., Fullerton, C. S., Mash, H. B. H., Ng, T. H. H., Kessler, R. C., Stein, M. B., & Ursano, R. J. (2014). Risk for suicidal behaviors associated with PTSD, depression, and their comorbidity in the U.S. Army. Journal of Affective Disorders, 161, 116-122
  65. Reardon, A. F., Hein, C. L., Wolf, E. J., Prince, L. B., Ryabchenko, K., & Miller, M. W. (2014). Intermittent explosive disorder: Associations with PTSD and other Axis I disorders in a US military veteran sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28(5), 488-494.
  66. Rose, S., Aiken, A., & McColl, M. A. (2014). A Scoping Review of Psychological Interventions for PTSD in Military Personal and Veterans. Military Behavioral Health, in press
  67. Rozanova, J., Noulas, P., Southwick, S. M., & Pietrzak, R. H. (2014). Perceptions of Determinants of Successful Aging among Older US Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  68. Ryan, E. T., McGrath, A. C., Creech, S. K., & Borsari, B. (2015). Predicting utilization of healthcare services in the veterans health administration by returning women veterans: The role of trauma exposure and symptoms of posttraumatic stress. Psychological Services, 12(4), 412-419
  69. Sayer, N. A., Carlson, K. F., & Frazier, P. A. (2014). Reintegration challenges in U.S. service members and veterans following combat deployment. Social Issues and Policy Review, 8(1), 33-73
  70. Schoenbaum, M., Kessler, R. C., Gilman, S. E., Colpe, L. J., Heeringa, S. G., Stein, M. B., The Army STARRS Collaborators. (2014). Predictors of suicide and accident death in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS): Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). JAMA Psychiatry, 71(5), 493-503
  71. Schry, A. R., Hibberd, R., Wagner, H. R., Turchik, J. A., Kimbrel, N. A., Wong, M., .Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center Workgroup. (2015). Functional correlates of military sexual assault in male veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 384-393
  72. Smith, N. B., Mota, N., Tsai, J., Monteith, L., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Southwick, S. M., & Pietrzak, R. H. (2016). Nature and determinants of suicidal ideation among u.S. Veterans: Results from the national health and resilience in veterans study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 197, 66-73.
  73. Tasso, A., Whitmarsh, L., & Ordway, A. (2016). Intimate Partner Violence Within Military Families Intervention Guidelines for Relational Aggressors. The Family Journal, 1066480716628622.
  74. Ursano, R. J., Colpe, L. J., Heeringa, S. G., Kessler, R. C., Schoenbaum, M., Stein, M. B., & Army STARRS collaborators. (2014). The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 77(2), 107-119.
  75. Ursano, R. J., Kessler, R. C., Naifeh, J. A., Mash, H. H., Fullerton, C. S., Ng, T. H. H., et al. (2017). Suicide attempts in U.S. Army combat arms, special forces and combat medics. BMC Psychiatry, 17.
  76. Vogt D, Fox AB, Di Leone BAL. 2014. Mental health beliefs and their relationship with treatment seeking among u.S. Oef/oif veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress: No Pagination Specified
  77. Voller, E., Polusny, M. A., Noorbaloochi, S., Street, A., Grill, J., & Murdoch, M. (2015). Self-efficacy, male rape myth acceptance, and devaluation of emotions in sexual trauma sequelae: Findings from a sample of male veterans. Psychological Services, 12(4), 420-427
  78. Wessells, Michael G. (2017). Children and armed conflict: Interventions for supporting war-affected children. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, Vol 23(1), 4-13
  79. Wisco, B. E., Marx, B. P., May, C. L., Martini, B., Krystal, J. H., Southwick, S. M., & Pietrzak, R. H. (2017). Moral injury in u.S. Combat veterans: Results from the national health and resilience in veterans study. Depression and Anxiety.
  80. Wright, K. M., Foran, H. M., & Wood, M. D. (2014). Community needs among service members after return from combat deployment. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(2), 127-142
  81. Yang, M. S., & Burr, J. A. (2016). Combat exposure, social relationships, and subjective well-being among middle-aged and older Veterans. Aging & Mental Health, 20(6), 637-646

32 Helpful Organizations & Programs:

Air Force Aid Society: "The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the United States Air Force incorporated in 1942 as a non-profit organization whose mission is to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and to assist them in financing their higher education goals."

American Red Cross: Among its services: "Using the latest in computer and telecommunications technology, the Red Cross allows military members stationed all over the world to send messages to loved ones back home during an emergency or other important events. These communications are delivered around-the-clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year." In addition: "Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services personnel serve in nearly 1,000 chapters in the United States, on 109 military installations around the world and alongside our troops in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kosovo and Afghanistan."

Books for Soldiers: This service enables anyone who visits the site to fill a request from deployed military personnel for books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and relief supplies. The site emphasizes: "The DoD has discontinued the 'To Any Soldier' program, which was a program where you could address a package 'To Any Soldier' and it would be sent to a random soldier. All packages must be REQUESTED by the troop and this is why we built the site. Soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors, and Coast Guardsmen give us their address and we send them a package. No more blind drops. Everything is requested by the troop per DoD guidelines." It also states: "Keep in mind, troops are deployed all over the world. We have more than a million troops and only 300,000 are in the Gulf. Books For Soldiers accepts requests for those stationed all over the world."

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury: "DCoE is the open front door of the Department of Defense for warriors and their families needing help with PH and TBI issues, promoting the resilience, recovery and reintegration of warriors and their families. DCoE partners with the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and a national network of military and civilian agencies, community leaders, advocacy groups, clinical experts, and academic institutions to establish best practices and quality standards for the treatment of PH and TBI. Our work is carried out across these major areas: clinical care; education and training; prevention; research and patient, family and community outreach. In addition, DCoE is working to tear down the stigma that still deters some from seeking treatment for problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and TBI with our Real Warriors campaign."

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents - 2012 Edition: This online guide from the Department of Veteran Affairs informs veterans and their dependents of the variety of federal benefits available.

Fisher House: "Supporting America's military in their time of need, we provide "a home away from home" that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury."

G.I. Bill web site: This V.A. web site provides comprehensive information about the G.I. Bill. "You can now search for approved programs of education on our website. You can search for approved programs at colleges, non-college degree granting institutions, licensing & certification granting providers, and national testing providers."

Give An Hour: "dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. We offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.... The mental health professionals who join us are giving an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families."

Legal Information & Resources for Military Personnel and their Families: The Judge Advocate General's Corps provides online legal information and resources in such areas as family matters, financial issues (including taxes), insurance, immigration, housing (including landlord-tenant issues), estates, the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, and consumer and contract issues.

Coming Home Project: "The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing compassionate care, support and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. We are a group of veterans, psychotherapists and interfaith leaders committed to helping transform the wounds of war. We help veterans and family members rebuild the connectivity of mind, heart, body and spirit that combat trauma can unravel; renew their relationships with loved ones; and create new support networks.... The Coming Home Project offers a range of free services: workshops and retreats; psychological counseling; training for care providers; and community forums. Our programs address the mental, emotional, spiritual and relationship challenges faced by veterans and families before, during and after deployment."

Military Kids Connect: "An initiative of the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), the Department of Defense agency formed in 2008 to test, evaluate and leverage available and emerging software and hardware in support of psychological health and traumatic brain injury in the broad military community," Military Kids Connect is, according to its website, "an online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent's or caregiver's return. MKC offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and interesting user surveys that can guild and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers."

Military Spouse Career Center: A site that helps military spouses find jobs.

National Center for PTSD: The mission of this program, which is within the Department of Veteran Affairs, is "to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders."

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans: "The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)...is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year."

National Military Family Association: Among this organization's primary purposes is "to educate military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives."

National Personnel Records Center--Military Personnel Records: "This site is provided for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR). If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you may now use vetrecs.archives.gov to order a copy of your military records. For all others, your request is best made using a Standard Form 180. It includes complete instructions for preparing and submitting requests."

Office of Military Community Outreach: "This portal provides quick access to MC&FP websites, publications and staff services."

Welcome! This portal provides quick access to MC&FP websites, publications and staff services.

Operation Family Fund: This program provides "financial grants for immediate or long-term needs to the Families of soldiers who have been killed or severely disabled as part of the world wide war on terrorism."

Operation Military Support: This program receives "names of military personnel that are not receiving mail or packages from home and assigns them a volunteer who wants to write and send packages to them."

Project Welcome Home Troops: This project "aims to address the intense distress some returning veterans experience.... A resilience-building program specifically designed to address the needs of returning combat veterans."

Returning Veterans Project: Their website notes that "Returning Veterans Project is a nonprofit organization comprised of politically unaffiliated and independent health care practitioners who offer free and confidential services to returning veterans and service members of the current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and their families. Services are available in Oregon and Southwest Washington."

SOFAR: Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists: "a pro bono mental health project that provides free psychological support, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and prevention services to extended family of reserve and national guard deployed during the Global War on Terrorism from time of alert through the period of reunion and reintegration."

Soldiers Project: "The Soldiers Project is a private, non-profit, independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists. We provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts. We see active duty as well as members of activated Reserve or Guard units. In addition, our services are available to the families and other loved ones of service members. We provide help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life. Our services are readily accessible and entirely free of charge. We do not report to any government agency."

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: "a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces. The heart of TAPS is our national military survivor peer support network. We also offer grief counseling referral, case worker assistance and crisis information, all available to help families and military personnel cope and recover. We provide these services 24 hours a day free of charge."

Triwest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health Resources [at the site, choose "Behavioral Health"]: This site offers "practice guidelines, assessment tools, and a number of other resources to help you assist patients experiencing depression, stress, PTSD, substance use disorders and more. From locating a specialty provider to supporting a family managing a diagnosis..."

U.S. Army Suicide Prevention Program: This U.S. Army site provides a wide variety of information and resources for suicide prevention.

VeteranEmployment.com: "In partnership with Monster.com, veterans, active duty, guard and reserve can search for thousands of jobs for veterans from employeers who value military experience. Plus a special section for security clearance jobs."

Veterans Law Library: "A Comprehensive Collection of Materials Relating to the Veterans Benefits Adjudication Process."

Vets4Vets: "Our primary goal is to help Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans understand the value of peer support and to regularly use peer support to express their emotions, manage their challenges and ease their reintegration into society. Our vision is that anytime a veteran needs to talk with someone who really understands, a local Vets4Vets peer support group is available at no cost. We envision Vets4Vets being a common name in the minds of all veterans as a place where they, and their comrades, can go to heal."

Virtual Naval Library: This site is a digital collection of naval medicine and military medicine texts.

Warrior Canine Connection:  This program "serves four vital military missions: (1) Provide Service Members and Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) the opportunity to be part of a critical military-support mission helping fellow Wounded Warriors. (2) Offer a safe, effective, and inexpensive non-pharmaceutical therapeutic intervention for the treatment of PTSD. (3) Provide highly skilled service dogs that will provide years of mobility and social support to Veterans with disabilities. (4) Strengthen the bonds and relieve stress in military families."

United States Military Organizations:

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