Sixth Annual Warriors Helping Warrior Event Sold Out with Local Support

Tackitt Family Vineyards, located in San Miguel, Calif. opened its doors to the public for a great cause and their sixth annual Warriors Helping Warriors event. This annual event offers participants the unique opportunity to learn about the wine making and bottling process first hand, while enjoying live music, brick oven pizzas, wine tasting (of course), and more. Most importantly, attendees are supporting our nation’s veterans because the event benefits the EOD Warrior Foundation.
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Free Resources for the Military Community to Address Alcohol Misuse

By the National Center for Telehealth & Technology

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — In observance of Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) wants to raise awareness about alcoholism and to offer resources to help service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support.

AfterDeployment (afterdeployment.dcoe.mil) is a Defense Department program that helps service members, veterans and their families identify, understand and get support for behavioral health problems — including those with alcohol. It provides tools such as free, anonymous assessments that help people better understand their alcohol use, videos featuring real service members and veterans who got help, and fact sheets, tips and articles about post-traumatic stress, depression, sleep problems, and other topics in which alcohol misuse can become an issue.

“Our service members and veterans face a variety of challenges — such as difficulty sleeping, frequent life transitions, and occupational and life stress — and they may use alcohol to cope. Excessive drinking can impact relationships and the ability to fulfill duties, and cause financial and legal issues,” said Dr. Julie Kinn, clinical psychologist and deputy chief at T2. “During Alcohol Awareness Month and beyond, we want the military community to know that there are effective, trusted resources that can help.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, deployment during wartime, combat exposure and military culture are factors in developing substance abuse problems among military personnel. Among returning service members, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep problems and traumatic brain injury are strongly associated with substance abuse and dependence.

AfterDeployment offers an eLibrary with information on different types of alcohol issues, common excuses from alcohol users and signs of abuse. There is also an Alcohol Awareness Kit — developed specifically for Alcohol Awareness Month — that can be used to organize alcohol awareness events at military installations. The kit includes promotional items and educational materials that can be ordered or downloaded from T2.

“It’s important that we all work together to raise awareness of alcohol issues in the military community to let people know that there are resources out there,” Kinn said. “AfterDeployment is a great place to start getting the help they need.”

To learn more about T2 and AfterDeployment, and to find additional resources on alcohol abuse prevention and treatment, visit http://t2health.dcoe.mil and http://afterdeployment.dcoe.mil. You can also follow AfterDeployment on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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PTSD Risk Can Be Predicted by Hormone Levels Prior to Deployment, Study Says

Up to 20 percent of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder from trauma experienced during wartime, but new neuroscience research from The University of Texas at Austin suggests some soldiers might have a hormonal predisposition to experience such stress-related disorders. Continue reading PTSD Risk Can Be Predicted by Hormone Levels Prior to Deployment, Study Says

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8 Tips for Managing Stress for Service Members

Stress is an interesting animal. A little stress isn’t always bad: it can be an effective motivator, and the adrenaline that stress creates can help improve both mental and physical performance. But too much stress can negatively affect your performance on duty, your relationships, and your physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many ways to control and reduce stress and increase health and wellness. You can learn and apply stress management techniques to help limit your stress and stay more relaxed in your military and home life. Continue reading 8 Tips for Managing Stress for Service Members

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Square Deal for Vets

Square Deal for Vets is a War Veterans organization. The goal is to channel and organize a new national movement of veterans and caregivers and provide them with a platform to engage in a wide array of political, media and advocacy activities on the local, state and national level in support of veteran’s needs and priorities. Square Deal for Vets will work with the President, Congress, stakeholders and the media to ensure that the “Square Deal” that they were promised in 2016 becomes a reality.

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Providing Business, DVBE. Employment & Educational Opportunities For Veterans