Family Coping Skills

Family Coping Skills

Your family has also developed and learned survival skills while your veteran was at war. These skills helped you to make it through daily life, even knowing the constant peril that your veteran faced and the uncertainty of your future. … Continued
Dealing with Loss

Dealing with Loss

In one way, the previous life together is lost forever. With loss, comes some sadness and grief for which there are predictable stages. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Ph.D. found that all loss includes the following: Denial – examples include thoughts like “Life … Continued
Hope and the New Life Ahead

Hope and the New Life Ahead

Beginning a “new life”. One thing is for sure, the “only person you can change is yourself”. It would be wonderful to be able to wave a magic wand and remove the loss, fear and sense of hopelessness that often … Continued
VFU in the News

VFU in the News

“Vets Deal with Stress Following Service” Nov. 10, 2015, Edmond Sun.  Front page article describes ongoing journey with PTSD and VFU’s involvement with “Rock and Brew” Restaurant. VFU “Tinker Take Off” ad, October, 2015  http://www.pageturnpro.com/The-Journal-Record/68442-15-Combined-Federal-Campaign/index.html#1 Our full page ad appears on … Continued
Anxiety

Anxiety

(Excerpt from The Endless Journey Home by Specialist Joe Collins) Anxiety can be tied in to nearly every symptom of PTSD. This is another symptom that often leads to misdiagnosis. A misdiagnosis can lead to the wrong type of medication, which … Continued
California

California

California Dept. of Veteran Affairs https://www.calvet.ca.gov/ CalVet is working hard to help veterans get connected with the resources they need. Their goal is to make government more efficient, effective and accountable for all of California’s veterans. Cohen’s Veteran Network –  https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/at-a-glance/ For veterans and families in … Continued
Alaska

Alaska

Alaska Department of Veteran Affairs www.Veterans.Alaska.gov From helping veterans to file claims for education, medical or other benefits to assisting them in obtaining earned military awards, Alaska Office of Veterans affairs is here to serve. Their Motto is: “Serving Alaska One … Continued
Benefits and Benefits Assistance

Benefits and Benefits Assistance

American Legion – www.legion.org. Go to a post and click on it to find an American Legion office near you. You can also look at the “How We Serve” link that shows the services they can provide Veterans. American Legion … Continued
Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Action Network – http://caregiveraction.org/tech/caregiver Specific ideas to help caregivers and tools for safety, care, medications and other resources. Caregiver Support – www.caregiver.va.gov   VA’s website dedicated to family caregivers of Veterans. It can be an incredibly demanding job, and we want you to … Continued
Children and Youth Resources

Children and Youth Resources

Child Care Aware – www.childcareaware.org/.  Web site for National Guard and Reservists children issues. Crisis Issues for Children of Veterans School Safety and Crisis Resources – http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/index.aspx.  This link is to the American Psychological Association web site that addresses crisis … Continued