PTSD isn’t a battle you want to fight alone
The Veterans Health Administration estimates as many as 20% of today’s combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. This statistic applies across all branches—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard. PTSD symptoms include emotional withdrawal, depression, nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, and panic attacks. Brought on by memories of an extremely stressful event such as a car accident or war, PTSD is not a battle to fight alone. If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, get help now.
The National Center for PTSD provides information on the steps to take to get the help needed. You can also find help through other resources such as the Anxiety Disorder Association of America and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Learn how other military families are helping their veterans deal with PTSD symptoms.
Use this guide to get help shifting gears as you transition from military deployment to the next phase of your life at home with your family.
Check out these free mobile apps that provide self-help, education and support for military dealing with PTSD.
And finally, learn about post-traumatic stress disorder from veterans who have been in your boots and live with PTSD every day. Listen to their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around.
Transitioning Out of Military? Hereâ€™s a throwback from Korea and Vietnam
Are you a short-timer about to transition out of the military? Here’s a throwback from Korea and Vietnam days.
Soldiers fighting in Korea and Vietnam had their favorite versions of something called a short-timer’s calendar where they recorded the days left until they rotated home. Also referred to as a “FIGMO chart,” the FIGMO acronym had two translations: “Finally, I got my orders” and one that’s too colorful to include here.
As with today’s deployed troops, nothing was more important to these soldiers than the date they returned to the United States and their families. Most of them proudly displayed their calendars near their bunks. The one you see here is relatively conservative as most FIGMO charts tended to be a bit racy.
If you’re a short-timer with your transition date in sight, now’s the time to start planning how to replace your SGLI. Your SGLI ends 120 days after your active duty ends and you don’t want to have a gap in your life insurance protection. One option is to get affordable USBA coverage now as a supplement to your SGLI, then keep it after you transition out. Learn more about USBA coverage and get a free quote.
Getting ready to enter the civilian job market?
As a free service for transitioning military personnel, USBA offers a Military Jobs Center, powered by Orion International. Over 25,000 veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard have launched their civilian careers with help from Orion, the nation’s largest military placement agency.
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