"An average of 22 military veterans commit
suicide every day in this country, perhaps the best measure of the
mental health crisis among veterans. And 130 special courts for
veterans in 40 states are tackling that problem." -- Court
program helps at-risk veterans address what triggered bad behavior:
Stars and Stripes, 3 December 2013. PTSD
Focus moves to Reality Based Programs
Sharpening the Tactical
Athlete - Applying the worlds most advanced biomechanics training
and exercise science from the Olympic development program to the
tactical athlete and rehabilitation of the wounded warrior.
12 November 2013
Warrior Care - Check out these apps that can help you or any wounded,
ill and injured service member feel better! - Navy Medicine Live
Happy Veterans Day to all
the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our
country! - U.S. Dept of Defense
A key objective of the HRI: H-II OPSEC. Not Forgotten - Restore
Warriors Project is to (1) provide resource information and
materials on how to help veterans and their families, and (2) to reach
every household in the United States through the America's
Action Plan for Community Service.
Another way to get a grasp on these challenges is to learn from the
veterans and their families themselves. A book I found of
tremendous value is:
SOS details the war experiences of military veterans in their
own words, with a focus on faith, healing and recovery. Combat veterans
of Afghanistan, Iraq and other wars courageously share their stories of
tragedy, injury, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Veterans, as well as
family members and advocates, tell how war has changed them and offer
suggestions to help heal the combat wounded soul. Available on
In Warrior SOS,
one of the contributors was Jeff Evans, who led the World T.E.A.M.
Sports' Soldiers to the Summit expedition filmed in the movie "High Ground."
Available on Netflix and will air on 11/11, 8PM on Pivot.tv (The
Documentary Channel), TV-14 L.
Honor Our Heroes This
Veterans Day & Every Day
1 November 2013
Perhaps one of the
most significant presentations in the field of medicine today. In the
context of wounded warriors, PTSD, TBI and a National Public Health
Crisis where according to Department of Veteran Affairs statistics, 22
veterans take their own lives each day.... That's 8030 veterans per
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs'
'Make the Connection' campaign is designed to help veterans overcome
and seek treatment for mental health conditions. Make the Connection
provides extensive resources for veterans suffering from mental health
conditions including video testimonials from veterans of all eras and
branches, information on recognizing symptoms and seeking treatment,
and VA approved treatment and support resources. -- USSOCOM Care
& Science Institute drives focus to decrease Rx drugs and
increase Rx aerobic activity & neuro-cognitive exercises for Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Special
thanks to Dr.
William Bograkos, MA, DO, FACOEP, FACOFP, Medical Director NeuroRestorative National Capitol
Paradox Sports announced today its partnership
with Yosemite National Park for their annual Sept. 11 veteran specific
adaptive climb. This year will feature 30 U.S. military veterans
summiting various formations throughout Yosemite, including a team of
three that will make the first ever all-veteran ascent of El Capitan.
Spots are limited, so register today to join us for this historic
event! - See more at:
announced today its partnership with Yosemite National Park for their
annual Sept. 11 veteran specific adaptive climb. This year will feature
30 U.S. military veterans summiting various formations throughout
Yosemite, including a team of three that will make the first ever
all-veteran ascent of El Capitan. Spots are limited, so register today
to join us for this historic event!
9 August 2013
Congress has labeled the
Fort Hood attack an act of terrorism. In the wake of the attack, an
independent report commissioned by the FBI looked at ways to improve
counterterrorism measures. Even the president said the attack was
inspired by “larger notions of violent jihad.” -- Terrorism at
Fort Hood: The News Tribune, 9 August 2013.
Did you know: September 10 is World Suicide Prevention
Day. In 2007, the most recent year for which we have statistics, 34,598
Americans died by suicide—about 11 suicides per 100,000 people,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. -- The
Under-recognized Public Health Crisis of Suicide: National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
14 July 2013
to set up a support system for troops in all NATO Ally countries.
4 July 2013
Keeping our troops
and their families in our thoughts and prayers - July 4, 2013 - Not
Forgotten - HRI:H-II OPSEC.
3 July 2013
is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his
life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the
last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such
-- Warrior Dog
Coalition: SOCOM's Care
Coalition Advocates provide oversight and assistance for Special
Operations Forces (SOF) Wounded Ill & Injured (WII) service members
and their families through a continuum of care and recovery using the
Comprehensive Recovery Plan and Comprehensive Transition Plan. They
provide direct, lifelong assistance to SOF personnel who are wounded,
ill, or injured through effective follow up contact and collaboration
with multidisciplinary teams (MDT), medical case managers and other
military agencies. They also provide coordination for medical and
non-medical services and facilitate smooth rehabilitation and
transition back to active duty or civilian life for SOF WII service
Link Library: Special thanks to
Mrs. Georgeann McRaven who coordinated the directory of online
resources for Military Families & Spouses, following the USSOCOM
Virtual Town Hall on 1 July 2013.
USSOCOM: Preservation of the Force and Family
28 June 2013
As we discuss Polishing COINs and the importance of a solid security
plan in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Today - the anniversary of Operation RED WINGS, June 28th, 2005 - is a
day to remember those who fought bravely for our freedoms, and the
grave sacrifices made by the heroes of that day, and for the families,
friends and comrades whose lives were deeply and forever changed by the
valor of these men. -- Lone Survivor Foundation.
Memorial Day 2013 This
Memorial Day weekend we thank and remember all of those soldiers, past
and present, who have served and sacrificed in the United States armed
forces to protect our freedom. John F. Kennedy spoke of your strength
and conviction when he famously said, “Let every nation know, whether
it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden,
meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the
survival and the success of liberty.” -- LEID
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this Memorial Day, let us also thank and remember all of those
soldiers, past and present, who have served and sacrificed as allies of
the United States, to protect freedom and the fight for democracy
across the globe.
The most recent report from the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) reveals that veterans are taking their own
lives at a rate of 22 each day, or one suicide every 65 minutes – a
20-percent increase from 2007. Even more gruesome, last year we saw
more suicides than combat deaths (349 to 295, according to the latest
Pentagon figures). -- Stop
John Roberts, Executive Vice President, Warrior Relations, Wounded
15 February 2013
we learn about challenges with PTSD and a suicide rate in soldiers
higher than those killed in combat, we begin to touch the surface of
being in a battlefield where human rights and the rule of law does not
exist. -- H-II - The
Soldier's Tear - Human Rights and International Law: HRI, 2.15.2013
8 February 2013
Sixteen Air Commandos finish their 450 mile ruck
from Hurlburt Field, Fla., to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. and
kneel at the statue in the center of USSOCOM’s Special Operations
Forces Memorial. The ruck was to honor the memory of Lt. Col. John D.
Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron; Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 319th
Special Operations Squadron; Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 34th Special
Operations Squadron; 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 34th Special Operations
Squadron; and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 25th Intelligence
Squadron. Photo by Mike Bottoms, USSOCOM Public Affairs. -- USSOCOM.
23 January 2013
Action Plan for Community Service
prioritized needs of veterans and their families in every U.S.
city/county area, 50 states and territories. Uninsured Veterans
and Family Members - A National Healthcare Crisis
A 2012 report by the
Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Uninsured
Veterans and Family Members: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?”
(PDF), analyzes data from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) by
the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2009 and 2010 National Health Interview
Surveys (NHIS). The report seeks to identify uninsured non-elderly
veterans and to estimate the levels of medical coverage by state.
of the report include:
Approximately 1 in 10 — 1.3 million — of the
country’s 12.5 million nonelderly veterans did not have health
insurance coverage or access to Veterans Affairs (VA) health care as of
2010. When family members of veterans are included, the uninsured total
rises to 2.3 million. An additional 900,000 veterans use VA health care
but have no other coverage.
“A variety of factors, including Medicaid
eligibility thresholds for adults, the characteristics of labor market,
and the proximity of veterans to VA facilities, may contribute to
variation across states in uninsurance rates among veterans.”
“Uninsured veterans are less likely than
insured veterans to report service-related disabilities [although]
17.3% of the uninsured have either a service-related disability or a
functional limitation.” They are more likely to be male (90.4%),
non-Hispanic white (70.4%), unmarried (58.2%) and earned a high school
degree (40.7%). More than 40% are younger than 45 years old.
Nearly 50% of uninsured veterans have incomes
at or below 138% of the
Federal Poverty Line ($30,429 for a family of four in 2010). Under
the ACA, these would qualify for coverage as of January 2014. Another
40.1% of veterans and 49% of their families have incomes that qualify
for new subsidies through health insurance exchanges with the ACA.
A provision of the ACA mandates that each
state establishes a health
insurance exchange or a marketplace of health providers and plans
that individuals and small businesses can buy into. While the exchanges
do not need to be up and running until 2014, some states have already
started the process.
The uninsured rate is 12.3% in states with the
least progress on exchange implementation, compared with 9.6% to 9.8%
for veterans in states with most progress to health insurance exchange
31 December 2012
intensification of outreach programs for our troops, we have a clear
need for specialized outreach for family and community members, who
serve as the primary support system for wounded warriors.
Eleven veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan join an expedition
to climb the 20,000 foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. With blind
adventurer Erik Weihenmayer and a team of Everest summiters as their
guides, they set out on an emotional and gripping climb to reach the
top in an attempt to heal the emotional and physical wounds of the
longest war in U.S. history.
Representing nearly every branch of the military, the veterans, and the
Gold Star Mom who joins their trek, bring humor and deep emotion to
this hero’s journey all captured with breathtaking, vertigo-inducing
cinematography by three-time Emmy® winner, director Michael Brown.
To say Chris Fleming is an inspiration is
an understatement. Hurt in
the line of duty, Chris refuses to let his injuries prevent him from
competing in 3-Gun. Hear Fleming's story of how competitive shooting
has played a role in his recovery. --Wounded Warrior
Spotlight: Chris Fleming: HRI:H-II, 26
Michael Apatow Founder,
Director of Research & Development Humanitarian
Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA) Humanitarian University
Consortium Graduate Studies Center
for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law Phone:
www.H-II.org Not Forgotten - Restore
Warriors Project National
Campaign targets 3000 counties in 50 States and Territories The members of our armed
forces serve to protect and it's time
that we show
respect, honor and gratitude for their sacrifice. This need has
a national call for all communities, businesses and corporations to
special programs and assistance for current members/veterans of our
forces, especially our most severely wounded warriors and wounded
-- H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow
Credit: NATO SOF Training and Education Program
Restore Warriors Project
Goal: Help wounded service members and their families who are
struggling with the impact of combat stress in their daily
Warriors has been created to provide:
Information about combat stress-related
Help to assess your emotions and behaviors
Reassurance that you are not alone - an
military personnel and veterans will suffer from invisible
Hope that you can successfully deal with these
Help to renew your self-confidence
Assistance to build stronger relationships
A new sense of well-being
Warriors is an anonymous website where real
warriors share their personal stories, situations, and strategies
for fellow warriors and their families to help themselves deal with
real life, everyday issues related to combat stress, PTSD, and
brain injuries. On The web at:
Our Troops and their Families in Our Thoughts and Prayers
2011 More US soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat.
guns fall silent and ceasefires are agreed, wars live on in the minds
of the men and women who fought them. And a killer still stalks them,
more deadly than the enemies they once faced. -- US war woe: Suicide kills more soldiers than combat : RT, 23 December
Veterans: Between 529,000 and
840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year. On any
given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in
shelters in the U.S. Approx. 33% of homeless males in the U.S. are
veterans.The number of homeless Vietnam-era veterans, male and female,
is greater than the number of soldiers who died during the war. -- Veterans
and Homelessness Statistics: Veterans Inc.
Female Homeless Veterans: The
population of female veterans without permanent shelter has more than
doubled in the last half-dozen years and may continue climbing now that
the Iraq war has ended, sending women home with the same stresses as
their male counterparts - plus some gender-specific ones that make them
more susceptible to homelessness. - Homelessness
increasing for female veterans: Boston Globe, 9
Veterans Unemployment: Iraq and
Afghanistan Veterans of America said in a survey of its membership
released in March that 16.7 percent of its members were unemployed.
Among the unemployed, 24 percent said they could not find a job that
matched their skills or experience, and 11 percent said they could not
find a job that matched their level of education. -- Young
vets’ joblessness hits 10.3 percent: Military Times, 6 April 2012.
Veterans Foreclosure Crisis:
Unemployment, debt and a troubled housing market are plaguing familiesacross
the country, but for those in the armed forces, there is an even bigger
burden to bear.... According to the Department of Defense, military
families move 10 times more often than civilian families. -- Military
families face financial hurdles: CNN, 27 March 2012.