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Hearts & Minds: CMA/ASCAP Artist H-II on AirPlay Direct.
Arts Integration Into Education and Assistance through the United Nations Arts Initiative.
 


NOT FORGOTTEN - RESTORE WARRIORS PROJECT

Reaching Every Home in America through the

America's Action Plan for Community Service

"Our military service members represent only one percent of our population,
but they shoulder the responsibility of protecting our entire Nation."

"How to Help Military and Veteran Families, Before, During and After Deployment

Contact:

Stephen M. Apatow

Founder, Director of Research & Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Humanitarian University Consortium Graduate Studies
Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Phone: 203-668-0282
Email: s.m.apatow@humanitarian.net
Internet: www.humanitarian.net

PMC/PSC: H-II OPSEC
Url: www.H-II.org





20 August 2014

The Sports Medicine & Science Institute is expanding access to specialized development programs for the wounded warrior (canine and human). This includes (1) adaptation of specialized biomechanics work for orthopedic challenges from hip dysplasia to rehabilitation of wounded canine warriors (BDP) (2) adaptation of specialized biomechanics work developed for rehabilitation of wounded warriors (IDDP). See:
Related:

4 July 2014

4 July 2014 - How to Support Our Troops, Veterans & Families

In celebration of Independence Day 2014, Humanitarian Resource Institute is advancing a national appeal to assist our troops, veterans and their families by helping network the educational resource  "How to Help Military and Veteran Families, Before, During and After Deployment," (PDF Download), to every home in America.  The focus of this effort is to optimize at least 5 separate communication paths to every home, through social media, newspaper/radio/television, federal/state/local government, utilities companies, interfaith organizations, nonprofit organizations and  school districts.

Humanitarian Resource Institute, through the "America's Action Plan for Community Service" continues to (1)
support educational initiatives through communication networks developed in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, that reach every city/county area in the United States and (2) encourage communities to organize touch outreach initiatives for hand delivery of resource information to the household level. 

27 June 2014

The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Starting in 2010, Congress named June 27th PTSD Awareness Day (S. Res. 455). Since then, during the month of June, we ask everyone to help us raise PTSD awareness. -- PTSD: National Center for PTSD: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

25 June 2014

Continuing Education

The Limits of Adaptive Coping: Neurobiology of Extreme Stress :
DCoE Webinar Series (Psychological Health): June 2014, Date/Time: June 26, 2014; 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT), Cost: Free.

5 June 2014

The Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training, or SMART, program is based on cognitive neuroscience principles of how to best engage the rapidly developing frontal brain networks to build strategic thinking, advanced reasoning and innovative problem solving skills. The SMART program trains cognitive strategies to improve brain efficiency through organization, synthesis, abstraction and interpretation of meaning, based on brain science that has shown that constructing novel, generalized meanings is how the brain best learns. -- Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART):  Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas.



27 March 2014

Just released from the Warrior Dog Foundation:
10 February 2014

Single-Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT: Mayo Clinic):  A SPECT scan is primarily used to view how blood flows through arteries and veins in the brain. Tests have shown that it might be more sensitive to brain injury than either MRI or CT scanning because it can detect reduced blood flow to injured sites.
Sports Medicine & 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 Region.
New Online Resources:
14 February 2014

Keeping the 95,126 + families in prayer, who won't have a Happy Valentines Day.



4 February 2014

“He 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 devotion.”  -- Warrior  Dog Foundation The U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program and Trupanion will cover 100 percent of veterinary bills for eligible dogs. -- VA-certified service dogs receive unlimited access to veterinary care: DVM360, 23 January 2014.

13 January 2014

Medical community focuses on the question: Accidental death from overmedication or suicide?

Suicides of young vets top those of active-duty troops

Veterans ages 18-24 enrolled in the VA's health program killed themselves at a rate of 46 per 100,000 in 2009 and nearly 80 per 100,000 in 2011, the latest year of data available, according to the figures.  Non-veterans of the same age had a suicide rate during 2009 and 2010, the most recent data available, of about 20 per 100,000, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. -- Suicides of young vets top those of active-duty troops: USA Today, 10 January 2014.

CBS News obtained VA data through a records request which show the number of prescriptions written by VA doctors and nurse practitioners during the past 11 years. The number of patients treated by VA is up 29 percent, but narcotics prescriptions are up 259 percent. A dozen VA physicians who've worked at 15 VA medical centers told us they've felt pressured by administrators to prescribe narcotics and that patients are not being properly monitored. -- Veterans dying from overmedication: CBS News, 10 October 2013.

Focus areas:

-- Direct warnings for increased suicidal tendencies with anti-depressants
-- Narcotics, multi-drug combinations

Antidepressants and the Risk of Suicide, Attempted Suicide, and Overall Mortality in a Nationwide Cohort:
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(12):1358-1367. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.12.1358.
Url: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=209948

Prescription Overdoses Kill More Than Heroin and Cocaine | Prescription Drugs, Narcotics and Overdose Deaths
LiveScience, 27 April 2011
Url: http://www.livescience.com/13911-prescription-overdose-deaths.html

Analysis of a a combined mental and public health crisis associated with this population demographic:

In 2010, males ages 15 to 19 were nearly four times more likely to commit suicide, six times more likely to be victims of homicide, and eight times more likely to be involved in a firearm-related death than were females of the same age. -- "Teen Homicide, Suicide and Firearm Deaths": Child Trends Database. 


9 January 2014

When it comes to veterans committing suicide, Save A Warrior founder Jake Clark minces no words.

"This is a holocaust in slow motion," the former California Army National Guard captain said. "Over the next ten years, the Department of Veteran Affairs estimates more than 150,000 vets will kill themselves." -- California Guard veteran fights back against military suicides: U.S. Army PIO, 7 January 2014.


30  December 2013


How the IED changed the US military: Stripes, 19 December 2013.

Mission Impossible - IED's combined with guerrilla warfare, where terrorists embed themselves in civilian population, who are used as human shields, has resulted in catastrophic civilian casualties and psychological impact on combat troops. It is time we addressed these challenges. -- According to Department of Veteran Affairs statistics, 22 veterans take their own lives each day.... That's 8030 veterans per year.

During this Holiday Season, it would be good to reflect upon the biblical message of forgiveness, that God is unconditional love and that the sacrifice has already been made for all sins. It is only when we embrace this reality, can we rest in His arms and have peace. --  Interfaith Study Center  -- The Ultimate Objective: Humanitarian Resource Institute



4 December 2013

"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.


25 November 2013
  • 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
11 November 2013

Warrior SOS - Veterans Day 2013

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:

Warrior 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 Amazon:

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


25 September 2013


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 Coalition.
20 August 2013
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.
31 July 2013

Veterans group survey shows alarming suicide numbers: Stars and Stripes, 31 July 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

Working to set up a support system for troops in all NATO Ally countries.


4 July 2013



1 July 2013
  • USSOCOM Care 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 members.
  • USSOCOM 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.

24 May 2013

Memorial Day 2013

On 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.

28 March 2013

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 the Madness,  John Roberts, Executive Vice President, Warrior Relations, Wounded Warrior Project.

15 February 2013

When 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

America's 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.

Results 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 implementation.
Related:

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31 December 2012


Despite 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.

Stars and Stripes

Suicide in the military: Special Report
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HIGH GROUND
In Theaters November 2012

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.

High Ground: Official Web Site.
Movie Trailer:  A Don Hahn Production of a Michael Brown Film.

Netflix: Available in HD

Related:
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Warrior Spotlight

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 October 2012.

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16 May 2012

Stephen 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: 203-668-0282
Email: s.m.apatow@humanitarian.net
Internet: www.humanitarian.net


H-II: OPSEC
Url: 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 prompted a national call for all communities, businesses and corporations to commit special programs and assistance for current members/veterans of our armed forces, especially our most severely wounded warriors and wounded transitional.  -- H-II: Stephen Michael Apatow


Credit: NATO SOF Training and Education Program


Restore Warriors Project

The Goal: Help wounded service members and their families who are struggling with the impact of combat stress in their daily lives.

Restore Warriors has been created to provide:

  • Information about combat stress-related injuries
  • Help to assess your emotions and behaviors
  • Reassurance that you are not alone - an estimated 600,000 military personnel and veterans will suffer from invisible injuries
  • Hope that you can successfully deal with these symptoms
  • Help to renew your self-confidence
  • Assistance to build stronger relationships
  • A new sense of well-being

Restore 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:

http://restorewarriors.org/


Keeping Our Troops and their Families in Our Thoughts and Prayers


In 2011 More US soldiers killed themselves than were killed in combat.

When 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 2011.

6,303 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. -- Remembering 6303 Fallen Troops - Human Rights Day 2011: HRI:UNArts, 12 December 2011.


The Amerca's Action Plan for Community Service continues to focus on the unmet needs:
  • Homeless 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 April 2012.
  • 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 families across 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.
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