September 19, 2019
It is in the formative stage, but the Bethany Church located in the Macungie area, will be hosting two workshops to promote a better understanding PTSD — with the intention of starting a peer-to-peer support group afterwards, if successful. Led by Scotty Coyle, Pastor of Discipleship and also a current war, combat veteran, the approach is non-clinical, for he is not a clinical psychologist. However, he is an experienced counselor who has studied PTSD treatments.
It is unfortunate that some veterans Read the rest of this entry »
September 3, 2019
On 27 August the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it had formalized a partnership with the Department of Defense formalized a partnership on 28 June between VA’s Vet Centers and the National Guard Bureau, to provide Vet Center counseling, outreach staff and other services to members during training or drill weekends to decrease their suicide rate — a reputed problem in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Read the rest of this entry »
June 9, 2018
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affair’s (VA’s) S.A.V.E suicide prevention training is now available online from its collaborators at PsychArmor!
Training is available 24/7 to help you identify and support veterans at risk. Read the rest of this entry »
March 16, 2018
On 12 March 2018, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania county veterans’ affairs offices and 18 nonprofit organizations will receive in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Read the rest of this entry »
November 1, 2017
Source: Spark Grants – Veterans Affairs | Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
We could use your help from 6 November through 17 November by the mechanism of voting on a Lehigh Valley Community Foundation webpage. As an organization of organization with no paid employees, we do not ask for ourselves, but instead Read the rest of this entry »
July 18, 2017
On 27 June 2017, the VA released its final plans laying the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. For the older generations of veterans, the characterization of service was termed Undesirable.
Effective July 5, all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers are to offer emergency stabilization care for former service members who present at the facility with an emergent mental health need. Under this initiative, former service members with an OTH administrative discharge may receive care for their mental health emergency for an initial period of up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential or outpatient care. Read the rest of this entry »
May 2, 2017
Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns, NPR Reports
Two key points are raised in the article which follows that affect the results, and work against what would seem to be common sense:
1) There is a question as to if the VA is really following a due or, at least, a fair process. We know of a veteran who was not properly informed of the proceedings against him. In addition, the VA, according to this article, is probably violating his/her Second Amendment rights, while trying to do the right thing.
2) Fear of being branded as mentally incompetent, may cause affected veterans not to access the benefits they’ve earned, including access to health care for conditions related to their military service. When a veteran is most fragile, he/she may be effectively driven away. Why is the term “mental incompetence” used in all instances in the first place? Read the rest of this entry »