Links to websites of interest to veterans
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Hire MI Vet is a non-profit community initiative that provides employment-related services to help open
the doors to meaningful employment for Veterans and their families. A need was identified by community
service providers to assist Veterans with job readiness skills and to help empower and equip them to
find meaningful employment. Offering networking events, employment resources, hiring events and
jobseekers registration. Our colaborative partners include: Michigan Works!, U.S. Veterans Admin.,
VCAT Veterans Community Action Teams, Invest Vets, and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor. We are also on
Facebook. Hire MI Vet is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.
Free VA program for veterans who struggle with substance abuse. Veterans, especially recent veterans
have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic and the rise in other substance use disorders (SUD). Problems
of chronic pain and PTSD make substance use and abuse more likely. Since 2011, the U.S. Department of
Veteran Affairs has treated SUD with contingency management (CM), a technique that promotes abstinence
from drugs and alcohol. This program rewards veterans with financial assistance, food vouchers and other
prizes as long as they stay sober while in treatment. The technique is simple, costs little, and boasts a high
success rate. If you are interested in this service please contact your local VA medical center.
Substance Abuse Rehab for Veterans. In 2015, 1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder, and they
are more likely than civilians to have substance abuse problems with alcohol, tobacco, and prescription
drugs. According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),
12.7% of service members who have served since 2001 reported drug abuse. The good news is that if you
are a veteran who struggles with substance abuse, you can receive a variety of services for free from the
VA including treatment in facilities, individual or group therapy, medications, and other services. Help.org
has compiled information to walk you through each step of the process - from learning about treatment
programs to accessing treatment. We also provide additional resources, hotlines, and funding programs
to supplement or help make treatment possible.
Throughout the history of our great nation, Veterans have made the commitment to protect our
country, serving and sacrificing for what matters most. Whether they just came home or completed
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and
their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responders. The
professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of
all ages and circumstances. Veterans Crisis Line responders provide support when issues such as
chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, and even homelessness - reach a crisis point.
Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and
friends are going through. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 - Press 1, chat online
at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or send a text message to 838255 to receive free, confidential support
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with the Department of
Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA health care. There are many simple actions we can take to help
Veterans access the care they deserve and have earned. Visit the Veterans Crisis Line online to learn
how you can help. Spread the word about the Veterans Crisis Line. It matters.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census, Veterans age 65 or older numbered in excess of 12.4 million
These Veterans served in conflicts around the world including World War II, the Korean War, the
Vietnam War and even in the Persian Gulf War. As Veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs
will provide benefits and services that address a variety of issues including the changing health risks
they face, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health services. Elderly Veterans
may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include
disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational
rehabilitation, and burial. See our Veterans page for an overview of the benefits available to all Veterans.
Are you a Military Caregiver? - Do you do things for someone who serves or has served in the Armed
Forces that he/she can't do for themselves? Do you help them with stress, emotional issues, anger
or depression? Do you take them to medical appointments or arrange health care for them? Do you
sometimes feel alone or isolated in your duties because no one around you does the same thing or
seems to understand? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be a military caregiver,
and there is help and resources available to you.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundationprovides caregiving support, peer networking and training for
caregivers of military servicemembers and veterans at www.elizabethdolefoundation.org
Caregiver Advocate Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs provides tools and resources
for military caregivers at www.caregiver.va.gov
Military and Veteran Caregiver Network offers an online peer support network and other services
important recalls and prescription information that may directly affect you. Recalls are actions taken by
a firm to remove a product from the market. The recalls listed on this website are generally Class I,
which means there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a product will cause serious
adverse health consequences or death. If you have a medicine that has been recalled, talk to your health
care professional about the best course of action. Stores generally have a return and refund policy when
a company has announced a recall of its products.
My HealtheVet is VA’s online personal health record. It was designed for Veterans, active duty
members, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team.
It provides you opportunities and tools to make informed decisions and manage your health care. Also
available are your VA immunization records, more detailed lab reports and a list of your current medical
issues. These features are in addition to prescription refills, VA Appointments and Secure Messaging.
eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research,
find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information. eBenefits offers: A personalized
workspace called My Dashboard that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. You can apply for
benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status, in addition to other actions as needed. This
workspace is available to you once you have created an eBenefits account. eBenefits also provides you
with a catalog of links to other sites that provide information about military and Veteran benefits.
Calling all women who served in the United States Military. Do you know your Veteran status? Do you
have a Veteran ID card? Do you receive any benefits from the VA, like the GI Bill? Do you receive health
care benefits from VA? If you do not know the answers to these questions Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) established a call center just for you. The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) answers
questions and responds to concerns from women Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the
nation about VA services and resources. The call is free: 1-855-VA-WOMEN
The Federal Trade Commission offers all consumers information about how to recover from identity
theft. Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your
permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation
and can take time, money, and patience to resolve. Here’s how to begin to limit the harm from identity
10 Financial Tips to Do Before You Deploy For military families, deployments are a way of life and it
always pays to be ready. Preparation is the key to making sure everything is in order and taken care of while
you are on deployment. From the San Diego Financial Literacy Center.
Constant Contact: How Much Is Too Much During Deployments? Over the past decade or so,
technology - and with it, communication from faraway lands—has changed our lives. Some soldiers have
constant access to the Internet; they can see firsthand what is trending on Twitter and Instagram. With these
changes, however, comes this question: How much communication is too much? From the beginning of their
careers, soldiers are cut off from their families. Soldiers focus on the most important thing at that point: their
job. It is essential that family members understand and respect this. It is equally important for family members
to learn that there are times when communication is simply impossible or inappropriate. From the Association
of the United States Army.
The Military Dad: Dealing with Deployment When a service member receives notice for deployment,
there is an overwhelming feeling of squeezing everything in before he is gone. Deployment preparation times
vary for each service member. Sometimes there is minimal time for preparation. Understanding that deployment
is a possibility, it is best to put a family plan in place early to help manage these essential, yet often stressful
times. This section will help dads put in place a structure to prepare their family for this transition and ultimately
to help their family unite together again upon his return. From The Period of Purple Crying
The Military Separation Guide for Active Duty Personnel It’s never too early to begin preparations
for your separation from active military service. The Department of Defense (DoD) recommends that you
start your planning at least 12 months prior to separation, and 24 months prior to retirement, from active duty.
The DoD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is is a vital resource to ensure that your separation/retirement
choices are truly in your, and your family’s, best interests. Transition counselors and online tools provide special
transition benefits information, employment workshops, automated employment job-hunting tools and job
banks, veteran benefits information, disabled veterans benefits information, and many other types of transition
and other related information. From VetsFirst.org
The Veteran's Guide to Creating a Peaceful At-Home Atmosphere After Returning Home
Whether you’ve spent years on a military base or a month in a combat zone, re-entering civilian society after
serving in the armed forces is never easy. The excitement of returning home to your family and starting a new
life can be mildly tempered by the fear of the unknown that lies ahead. And, if you are dealing with a combat
injury or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even your own home can overwhelm you. The good news
is that while you can’t remove stressors from work, relationships, or everyday life, there are steps you can
take to create a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere in the place that matters most: your own home.
7 Medicare Facts Every Veteran Should Know Medicare covers veterans in the same way as it covers
most other Medicare beneficiaries. But there are a few things that veterans of the armed forces should know
about Medicare. From MedicareAdvantage.com
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