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|
|Geriatrics and Extended Care||http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/|
|Directory of Veterans Service Organizations||http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view|
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.
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 second and third links below provides reviews and comparisons of the products (these companies are not affiliated with the American Legion). The fourth link provides detailed advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft (this company is not affiliated with the American Legion).
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.
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.