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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
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.
Featured PTSD News
The Department of Defense today 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. More
- PTSD News
- National Center for PTSD
- PTSD FAQs
- PTSD Discussion Forum
- PTSD Resources.org
- What You Need to Know About PTSD
- Readjustment Counseling Resources
- PTSD Facts for Veterans
- PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members
- Military Severly Injured Center Articles
- Military OneSource
- Army Behavioral Health Website
NURSING HOMES UPDATE
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
- Veterans Guide http://www.veteransguide.org/
- Elfi Finance Assistance elfi.com/military-veteran-student-loan-forgiveness-programs/
- Board of Veteran’s Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
- Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
- Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
- Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
- Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
- Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
- Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
- Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc
- Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
- Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp
- PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
- VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC
- Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless
- VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov
- VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking
- VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov
- National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov
- Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov/womenvet
- National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
VIETNAM WOMEN VETERANS
Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women’s casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled “Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets.”
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project’s new website is at: VWMP