Justice for Vets Justice For Vets is a professional services division of the National Association of Drug Court professionals, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Alexandria, VA. Justice for Vets believes that no veteran or military service member should suffer from gaps in service, or the judicial system when they return to their communities. justiceforvets.org
Joining Forces is a national initiative to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Since the first days of the Administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them. www.joiningforces.uso.org
The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website, mobile website and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who reached out for psychological support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers. These Real Warriors are proving through example that reaching out is a sign of strength that benefits the entire military community. www.realwarriors.net
The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality, culturally-sensitive, evidence-based behavioral health services to military personnel, veterans and their families. www.deploymentpsych.org
The Psychological Health Program aims to:
• Provide high-quality services that are National Guard member specific; friendly and comprehensive, while typically increasing state/territory utilization rates to promote National Guard member readiness
• Assist National Guard program managers and supervisors to improve a National Guard member’s readjustment to civilian life by managing professional services and/or overseeing an individual’s mental health needs.
• Provide consultation and support to help address organizational and individual health care situations, which have a detrimental effect on the National Guard member’s reintegration to civilian life.
• Offer consultative guidance and support to state and territory National Guard senior management on state specific mental health needs based on Guard member demographics and mental health status.
• Provide National Guard oriented mental health training throughout the full spectrum of the deployment cycle. www.jointservicessupport.org/php
MHNGS – As a trusted behavioral health services partner to government agencies, MHNGS delivers a comprehensive suite of products that drive change around the globe. Through our state-of-the-art behavioral health services, MHNGS helps hundreds of thousands of Active, Guard and Reserve and retired military service members and their families cope with the challenges of military life and build greater resiliency to address these challenges while enhancing their performance at work and at home. www.hnfs.com
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) – Established in November 2011, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is part of the Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. DSPO oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities. To reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, DSPO uses a range of approaches related to policy, research, communications, law and behavioral health. DSPO works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau to support our Service members and strengthen a resilient and ready force. DSPO strives to help foster a climate that encourages Service members to seek help for their behavioral health issues. www.dspo.mil
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers – Since its founding in 1978, The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has stood at the forefront of the addiction treatment field, speaking with a clear and unified voice on behalf of its 300 member organizations. Those organizations consist of over 600 treatment facilities which set the standard for quality, caring therapeutic services for men and women, young and old, suffering from addictive diseases. NAATP has a long history of advocating for fair and equal legal recognition of the services its member organizations provide, with the same fair and equal reimbursement benefits for the patients served by its members.
The membership of NAATP covers a wide range of providers, non-profit and for profit; hospital based, residential, outpatient and extended care facilities; some that follow the time-tested 12 Step model and others that have modified that model. But one clear, unifying objective ties all the membership together—a strong commitment to giving addicted persons and those important to them a new chance at a sober, clean, productive life. www.naatp.org
SafeLink Wireless, a Tracfone company, is the largest, oldest and best known of the companies that offer free cell phones through the government’s Lifeline phone service program. They have millions of customers in 38 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. And they’re working on getting into the remaining 12 states.
If you qualify under the Lifeline Assistance program guidelines, you will be able to get a free cell phone and up to 250 minutes of airtime and 1,000 texts each month for free plans vary according to state). After one year, if you are still eligible for the phone, you simply need to re-certify. It’s unfortunate, but with the way the economy is going, it seems many people will get several years of use from the phone.
The Safelink phone program is available now in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
And they are coming soon to Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming.
University of Phoenix helps you earn your degree as you pursue an advanced military role or civilian career.
We’re here to support veterans, active-duty servicemembers and spouses like you who are pursuing their education. We offer:
• Military advisors who understand the culture and lingo you’re used to because most have military backgrounds
• Special military tuition rates for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses
• Help navigating the application process for GI Bill® benefits and other financial aid
• Credit for your applicable military training and education
• A wide range of programs at all levels — from associate through doctoral
• An education that helps prepare you with the skills and knowledge you’ll need for professional life after the military
• Career transition resources, including an online tool that helps translate your military experience into corresponding civilian jobs
Whether attending a local campus or online, college for the military community is possible no matter where you are. www.phoenix.edu
MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. Through the interactive interface you can discover information and Veterans’ stories of recovery tailored to you and locate resources that are local to you.