Helpful Links for Veterans and those interested in learning about PTSD
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs - www.va.gov
National Center for PTSD - www.ptsd.va.gov
VA based resource for the most current information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Make the Connection maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd
Hear honest and candid descriptions from Veterans of what life was like for them with PTSD. A variety of Veterans—men and women, younger and older—share their emotions, actions, and symptoms; how they learned they had PTSD; and what they did to get on a path to recovery.]
Soldiers Heart http://www.soldiersheart.net/
The term Soldier’s Heart was coined in the time of the Civil War to describe Post–traumatic Stress Disorder. The organization Soldier’s Heart was created in response to the outpouring of concern for our nation’s veterans and their psychological wounds. Edward Tick's groundbreaking book, War and the Soul, explores ancient and cross-cultural warrior traditions that reveal the necessities for successful warrior return. The Soldier’s Heart Model facilitates them and applies this model to promote, train, and guide military, professional and community-based efforts to heal the effects of war.
NationalPersonnel Records Center - www.vetrecs.archives.gov
central repository of personnel-related records for both the military and civil services of the United States Government. Our mission is to provide world class service to government agencies, military veterans and their family members, former civilian Federal employees, and the general public.
Vet Center Programs – www.vetcenter.va.gov
We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=PTSD
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
Veterans For Peace - www.veteransforpeace.org
Global organization of military veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace. Inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars - educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war.
Disabled American Veterans - www.dav.org
Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
American Legion - www.legion.org
Providing advocacy, education, family assistance, career services, financial assistance, moral/emotional support, medical discount programs and more for this membership-based organization.
Veterans of Foreign Wars - www.vfw.org
Veteran service organization whose mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities and advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Vietnam Veterans of America - www.vva.org
VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans / advocate on issues important to veterans / seek full access to quality health care for veterans / Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service / Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care / Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans / Seek the fullest possible accounting of America's POW/MIAs / Support the next generation of America's war veterans
Amvets - www.amvets.org
A strong and influential advocate for America's veterans on important issues such as employment and training, mandatory funding for government-provided health care and other benefits to which they are entitled.
Paralyzed Veterans of America - www.pva.org
Whether it's advocating for quality health care and benefits for all who served, providing a new goal to strive for through adaptive sports, or helping with job training and career opportunities, Paralyzed Veterans is dedicated to empowering our disabled veterans to lead full, productive lives.
Military.com - www.military.com
Extensive website with resources for veterans on many topics.