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Resources

USA Cares

USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Blue Star Families

The mission of Blue Star Families is to support, connect and empower military families.

Give an Hour

This group's mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, including the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA is the first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Our Community of Veterans is an online community exclusively for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Grace After Fire

Created by women veterans for women veterans, Grace After Fire offers a safe and confidential social network where women can share common experiences and offer unique peer support for wellness while providing increased access to resources for healthcare, family and self.

AMVETS ? The Warrior Transition Workshop

A program of the veterans service organizations American Veterans and Freedom & Honor, these workshops assist those in the armed services and their families with the transition to civilian life.

The American Legion

The American Legion is a mutual-help, and community-service organization that assist veterans and families in need of services.

Disabled American Veterans

Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation's defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for all of our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Founded in 1946, Paralyzed Veterans Of America (PVA) has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of its members - veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The mission of the VFW is to 'honor the dead by helping the living' through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

Vietnam Veterans of America

This service organization is dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's founding principle is "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

Wounded Warriors Project

The WWP seeks to assist those men and women of the armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) assists the DoD and VA in optimizing care of service members and veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), at home and in the deployed setting, through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative research, care coordination, and educational tools and resources.

National Center for PTSD

Part of the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, the Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Military Pathways

An initiative of the Department of Defense and Screening for Mental Health�, Military Pathways offers free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve.

PTSD Clinical Trials

ClinicalTrials.gov offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials in the United States for a wide range of diseases and conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

READING

A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists in the Twentieth Century by Ben Shepherd, 2001

Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay, MD, Ph.D, 1994

Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming by Jonathan Shay, MD, Ph.D, 2002

Shook Over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War by Eric T. Dean Jr., 1997

Pathway to Hell: A tragedy of the American Civil War by Dennis W. Brandt, 2008

Flashback: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide and the Lessons of War by Penny Coleman, 2006

Invisible Wounds of War, A Rand Corporation Study, 2008

"The Shock of War" by Caroline Alexander, Smithsonian Magazine, September 2010