Veteran Resources - Recommended Links & Products

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TROOPER "WELCOME HOME"

I strongly endorse this film for all those who are a part of the military community, or have a combat veteran in their lives. It is a moving, and at times, tense and sacred treatment on the subject of PTSD and other medical conditions from war.

The lead actor, director and film maker Christopher Martini created an emotionally moving story that sheds some focus on what some returning veterans have been going through.

I first saw this film when it was having a test screening in Orlando, Florida a number of years ago. It was being shown to a group of us authors attending The Military Writers of America Conference. So, we got to see it before the final editing was done and give input.


There was an almost mystical exchange between Chris and I at the event, after I gave him some feedback and made some suggestions on how to interject some elements of "HOPE" into his film.
*In the coming weeks I am going to link a video here that will tell about that experience and will give you the fuller story.

Meanwhile you can buy this great movie on a DVD for your use, or for your organization.  Here is a link to the Trailer on You Tube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTE-NG7BBhQ&t=2s

Links to Interview on Huffington Post with Christopher Martini.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/joshua-kors/chris-martini-director-of_b_6702050.html

The film is available at –

Amazon (DVD) (Overwhelmingly positive reviews from veterans):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JZ5BM8V/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1541447893&sr=8-3&keywords=Trooper+Martini

Amazon (Streaming):

https://www.amazon.com/Trooper-Christopher-Martini/product-reviews/B00UMB2SLG/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

Vimeo On Demand:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/trooper

Facebook (DVD):

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1928639240524159/?__tn__=HHH-R 

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Walking The Medicine Wheel: Healing Trauma & PTSD

https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Medicine-Wheel-Healing-Ptsd/dp/1937462323/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1544993171&sr=1-1&keywords=walking+the+medicine+wheel


By: David R. Kopacz MD & Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow)
Psychiatrist and holistic & integrative physician, David Kopacz, and Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow), create a healing path to help our veterans suffering trauma and PTSD to come home. Even when out of the war zone, combat-readiness persists in the veterans' nervous system. This book uses the circular pathway of the medicine wheel to re-train the nervous system.

Rather than viewing trauma, obstacles and disappointments as negatives, the medicine wheel offers a way of transforming these events into opportunities for initiation. Walking the medicine wheel is walking a spiritual path - integrating body-emotion-mind-spirit, within the circle of the four directions. The book provides practical exercises of guided imagery and ceremony to help returning veterans feel they have a purpose and have something, not only of value, but, of critical importance to give to their families and their communities.


I said the following inside the covers of this book for an endorsement:
"Best book available for real PTSD healing! PTSD is attacked and defeated by using old wisdom and new mythologies together. Reading this book will give the veterans , their families, and those who treat them a new tool for healing. Old wisdom made new for today's warriors! "

I stand by those same words and endorsement today - which I wrote in 2016. THIS IS A GREAT BOOK FOR TREATING VETERANS WITH PTSD!
And for those veterans reading this book on their own - they can also get some value out of it and gain a better understanding of their own healing process. 

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Suicide HOTLINE for Veterans

Veterans Crisis Line

If you are a Service member or Veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, there are specially trained responders ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.

Act Now

#BeThere

We can all help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know how to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help so

                

HOW TO CONNECT WITH A RESPONDER

Call

1-800-273-8255

and Press 1


Text838255

Chat

Connect online

Support for deaf and hard of hearing

1-800-799-4889



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Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity in which one is involved against one’s will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing to be sexually cooperative or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex), may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities. Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.


Both women and men can experience MST during their service. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma because we know that any type of trauma can affect a person’s physical and mental health, even many years later. We also know that people can recover from trauma. VA has free services to help Veterans do this. You do not need to have a VA disability rating (i.e., “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.

This website has information about the health care services that VA has available for Veterans who experienced MST. For information about VA disability compensation for conditions related to MST, please view this fact sheet about Disability Compensation for Personal Assault or Military Sexual Trauma.

This short video provides information about the types of incidents that constitute MST, the effects of MST on survivors and the services available to Veterans who have experienced MST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=b9snig5gZfk

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Disabled American Veterans DAV

https://www.dav.org/veterans/resources/

DAV Headquarters

3725 Alexandria Pike

  • Cold Spring, KY 41076
  • (877) I AM A VET
  • (877) 426-2838

Website for the DAV Organization has  lots of helpful information on benefits and getting help. 

Military Order of Purple Hearts MOPH

https://www.purpleheart.org/

MOPH NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS

5413 BACKLICK ROAD, SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151

1.888.668.1656

Vietnam Veterans Of America VVA

https://vva.org/
Vietnam Veterans of America 

8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone 301-585-4000

The American Legion

https://www.legion.org/
The American Legion National Headquarters
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Telephone: (317) 630-1200
Fax: (317) 630-1223

AMVETS

http://amvetsnsf.org/
AMVETS National Headquarters
4647 Forbes Boulevard Lanham,
MD 20706
(800) 810-7148

Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW

https://www.vfw.org/join

VFW National Headquarters406
W. 34th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111 816.756.3390  



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The Gray Sinise Foundation

https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/veterans-charity-overview/?gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk0qHTLSsWV_RxlaIai0zTVMntjTiZXfoUYhAbEkolSdeac3Mi7f07RoCZFgQAvD_BwE

Gary Sinise Foundation
PO Box 368 · Woodland Hills,
CA  91365


A very worth while foundation that is helping the veteran community! A good place to make a donation to insure that your money is well spent! 


Gary Sinise Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, Federal Taxpayer I.D. #80-0587086

American Gold Star Mothers

https://www.goldstarmoms.com/
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. 
2128 Leroy Place, NW
Washington, DC 20008
202-265-0991

American Ex-Prisoners of War


A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families.

Established April 14, 1942.

National Headquarters
PO Box 3444
Arlington,TX 76007-3444

817-649-2979
Fax 817-649-0109

Student Veterans of America

https://studentveterans.org/
Organization for veterans going to colleges.  A good source of information.                       

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

https://iava.org/

IAVA Headquarters
85 Broad Street 16th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone 212-982-9699


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Team Rubicon

https://teamrubiconusa.org/?gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk5bTKxt1guHTHpIibXToXnBw-1_cu00BhiXjsNTJjwj4VU-5HVXmtRoCaZYQAvD_BwE
A volunteer organization of veterans using their skills to assist and help with national disasters  around the world. Emergency Response Teams etc.
Team Rubicon National Headquarters
6171 W. Century Blvd., Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90045
310.640.8787 

PTSD Service Dogs

https://www.pawsitivityservicedogs.com/ptsd?gclid=CjwKCAiA0uLgBRABEiwAecFnk1Aakds4ioblWcvtv_r0ifbTxKwobaoFnUiX3pZlBieEpAu5gMdxLRoCWwoQAvD_BwE


Helping pets and veterans with a new beginning. Great program for PTSD  and disabled veterans.




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ER for the Soul: Veterans' Stories of Hope & Healing

https://www.amazon.com/ER-Soul-Veterans-Stories-Healing-ebook/product-reviews/B00BIXXCHQ/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btmie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

By Donna j. Arz, PHD.

Wonderful resource for military families and PTSD veterans. Gives good hopeful and loving advice and stories of healing.