VSU Office of Veteran’s Affairs - http://www.valdosta.edu/admissions/financial-aid/veterans-affairs/
Wellness resources for the military community.
Georgia Department of Labor- Veteran’s Assistance - http://www.dol.state.ga.us/js/find_vet_info.htm
The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) is dedicated to serving veterans and their spouses. GDOL staff can assist with finding work; transitioning into the workforce; building career skills; credentialing military experience and training; and accessing state and federal veterans’ services.
House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs - http://veterans.house.gov/
The House Committee on Veteran's Affairs reviews veterans programs, examines current laws, and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA), such as health care, disability compensation, GI Bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and a nationwide system of veterans cemeteries.
Injured Veterans - http://www.injuredveterans.com/
Injured Veterans is a nationwide law firm that represents our country’s heroes in their claims for disability benefits.
Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs - http://www.veterans.senate.gov/
The Veteran's Affairs committee was created in 1970 to transfer responsibilities for veterans from the Finance and Labor committees to a single panel. From 1947 to 1970, matters relating to veterans compensation and veterans generally were referred to the Committee on Finance, while matters relating to the vocational rehabilitation, education, medical care, civil relief, and civilian readjustment of veterans were referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare.
National Center for PTSD - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.
PTSD Support for Veterans - http://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.
PTSD Among U.S. Veterans - http://www.rntobsn.org/resources/ptsd/
The effects of war have particular causes and effects for PTSD sufferers. All soldiers in wartime must adapt to the constant stressors of war, and their ability to successfully do so can depend on contextual and cultural variables unique to each soldier.
Supporting Student Veterans - http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/veterans-educational-assistance-program-veap.html
ACE Veterans Programs promote access to and success in higher education for the more than 2 million service members and their families who are eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs - http://www.va.gov/
The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."
Veterans and Addiction - https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/
Veterans often cope with stress after returning from multiple deployments. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers treatment plans to support veterans as they recover from substance use disorders.
Veterans, PTSD and Addiction- https://www.advancedrecoverysystems.com/resources/veterans/
Readjusting to civilian life after deployment is hard, and even more so when a veteran has been exposed to trauma leading to PTSD. Too often, veterans turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with symptoms of PTSD. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now offers treatment to vets suffering from co-occurring addiction and PTSD, so hope and recovery are more available than ever.
Veterans and PTSD - http://www.injuredveterans.com/
Veterans statistics: PTSD, Depression, TBI, Suicide.
Veteran’s Education Center - http://www.legion.org/education
The American Legion is synonymous with veterans education, being instrumental in the first and most recent GI Bill's passage and helping the modern-day veteran navigate the confusing world of education benefits.
Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program - http://www.military.com/education/gi-bill/veterans-educational-assistance-program-veap.html
VEAP is an educational assistance program that is available if you elect to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The following is a summary of the VEAP.
Homecoming is a Process
Homecoming is a process, not an event. Whether returning from active combat or Homeland Security missions, the return to a university atmosphere from active duty is almost always a severe shock to the system.
It may feel strange to return to school to find that others are going through their everyday motions, while you just returned from a life-altering experience. Relationships change quickly, and many old friends may have graduated or moved on when you return. Readjustment means overcoming obstacles and making small but important changes. A vital change for the returning veteran is allowing yourself to relax and be more patient with those around you.
Each individual will experience their own obstacles. Some of these may include:
Combat Stress is a normal set of reactions to a trauma such as war. When feelings or issues related to the trauma are not dealt with, they can lead to problems readjusting to community life. A delayed stress reaction may surface after many years and include some or all of the following problems:
Information above obtained from the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas- Austin