Veteran Resources

Veterans with special needs children may qualify for VA benefits such as Tricare or Echo.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefits to service members who have children with special needs. However, many military families are unaware of these benefits and may miss out on accessing much-needed support.

Grants for Veterans in South Carolina

There are nearly 392,000 veterans living in the state of South Carolina. There may be times when they experience financial difficulty. Being between jobs or not having a job that pays a salary that keeps pace with the rising cost of living can create a difficult situation.

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H.R. 2818, the Autonomy for Disabled Veterans Act

Veterans who need and receive Home Improvement and Structural Alterations (HISA) grants because of a service-connected disability receive up to $6,800 and those who are rated 50% service connected or greater may receive the same amount even if a modification is needed because of a nonservice-connected disability.

Guide to Veterans Benefits for Assisted Living & Long-Term Care

Whether you are a Veteran or not, long-term care costs can add up fast. Fortunately, help may be available for Veterans and their surviving spouses in need of in-home care or living in a facility.

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The Veteran’s Guide To Starting a Small Business

As a veteran, many of the skills you learned in the military can be especially helpful in running a business. The wide range of hard and soft skills you acquired through service can be transferred with great success to the private sector. Many veterans are doing just that.

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VA HISTORY

100 objects history of VA

History of VA in 100 Objects The History of VA in 100 Objects explores the history of the nation’s efforts to honor and reward Veterans for their service by spotlighting individual objects that tell key parts of the VA story. To join the journey through VA’s past, visit the 100 Objects Gallery where new entries are posted each week.  VISIT THE GALLERY.  https://www.va.gov/HISTORY/100_Objects/Gallery.asp

PTSD THERAPY

Treating PTSD: Prolonged Exposure  Prolonged Exposure, one of the most effective evidence-based treatments for PTSD, can help people lead fuller lives. Learn more about this treatment and its availability to Veterans coping with PTSD.  LEARN MORE the company. This is a good place to talk about that.

NURSING HOME ABUSE

Nursing Home Abuse Justice was founded to expose the widespread abuse and neglect that occurs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Some statistics indicate that as many as 1 in 3 senior residents have been victims of nursing home abuse. A large number of abuse cases go unreported due to a lack of awareness on what constitutes abuse and neglect. Our mission is to educate seniors and their loved ones on what these symptoms of abuse look like, and what appropriate actions can be taken to help protect themselves or the people they love.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer:  https://www.nursinghomeabuse.org/legal/lawyer/

MESOTHELIOMA HOPE

Mesothelioma Hope – Providing Hope for Mesothelioma Patients & Families Providing Hope for Mesothelioma Patients. We are committed to providing hopeful information and resources on top mesothelioma treatments, specialists, financial options, and more.

https://www.mesotheliomahope.com/veterans/navy/

HOW TO FILE A DISABILITY CLAIM

VA disability compensation benefits are a monthly, tax-free payment to Veterans who were injured, sustained a long-term illness or experienced a worsening medical condition during their military service.

VETERANS AND ADDICTION - DRUG REHAB

Many active-duty service members and veterans struggle with health issues, such as substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. Addiction Center offers educational articles for the veteran’s community seeking information and support for these concerns.

https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/veterans/

LIVE WHOLE LIFE

Breathing exercises, stretching, meditation, fitness, yoga, tai chi, and more

Dealing with and adapting to change will determine our ability to take on life’s challenges. Taking care of your Whole Health— emotional, mental and spiritual, along with the physical is key.

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Managing neck pain with acupressure – Neck pain can interfere with many aspects of your daily life and disrupt the activities you enjoy. Moving and changing positions frequently is good for the body.

Breathing in the Moment – Practicing conscious breathing in the moment can increase the amount of oxygen that is spreading throughout your body and is useful in moments when you feel overwhelmed or anxious. It can provide a focus point which allows you to feel more grounded and present. – Practicing conscious breathing in the moment can increase the amount of oxygen that is spreading throughout your body and is useful in moments when you feel overwhelmed or anxious. It can provide a focus point which allows you to feel more grounded and present.

Hip hinge to strengthen your lower back – While we may not think about it, the lower back plays a role in just about every movement we make throughout the day. Strengthening and protecting your lower back is one of the best things anyone can do for their body every day.

Stillness in busy times with Yin meditation – When our days feel overly busy or stressful it can be nice to slow down and find moments of stillness. There are many ways to do that throughout the day, even if just for a minute or two.

Tai Chi and physical movement – Physical activity, whether done sitting or standing, uses your energy to move the large muscles in your body. An important consideration for any exercise or physical activity program is how we listen to our bodies to sense or notice how we are feeling when we do different movements.

Free help at home for Veterans from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

For Veterans who have a spouse, family member or friend who provides care and support at home and could use an extra set of hands, The Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Respite Relief Program provides free caregiving support, which can include: housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, companionship, medication reminders, bathing, exercise, mobility and grooming.

Afghanistan Veterans can learn from Vietnam Veterans

“I’ve got Vietnam Veterans who are still coming here, not because we failed to resolve any issue in their life, but because they found a home in the community,” said Joe Lasky, director of the Las Vegas Vet Center. “They found friendships and a way to come talk and deal with issues that may have started in Vietnam, but now affect their current health. Because Vet Centers are readjustment counseling, that’s defined by every Veteran who comes in here.”

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Veterans from all eras are reacting to the events in Afghanistan, such as the U.S withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban.

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service. It’s normal to feel this way. Talk with your friends and families, reach out to battle buddies, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or sign up for mental health services. Scroll down for a list common reactions and coping advice.

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Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.

Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress

At this moment, it may seem like all is lost, like your service or your sacrifices were for nothing. Consider the ways that your service made a difference, the impact it had on others’ lives or on your own life. Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.

It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you?  This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.

It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good?  If so, try and think in less extreme terms. For example, rather than thinking “my service in Afghanistan was useless” consider instead “I helped keep Afghanistan safe.”

Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/) such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.

MESOTHELIOMA VETERANS CENTER

We are dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases.

Our pages on our website  https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/veterans/ , are medically reviewed and verified by certified oncologists and hematologists, and provide the most current and detailed information about the asbestos industry and its health impacts.

STARTUPS: A GREAT NEXT MISSION FOR VETERANS

In August, Shift will welcome 50+ new startups onto their talent marketplace that makes it easy for some of the most ambitious new companies in America to find and message forward-thinking military Veterans.

Through Shift’s ever-growing, free career transition and advancement programs, military service members and Veterans have an easier time identifying and pursuing opportunities.

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YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. VA HAS ANSWERS.

Call VA today.

1-800-MyVA411

(1-800-698-2411)

You only need to remember one number for information on VA care, benefits, and services or to speak to a live agent for assistance!

Call for helpful information on:

  • COVID-19 general information and updates
  • Health care eligibility and enrollment
  • VA benefits, such as disability, compensation and pension, education programs, caregiver support, insurance, home loans, and burial headstones and markers, among others
  • The nearest VA medical centers, benefits offices, or cemeteries to Veterans
  • Directory assistance and connection to all VA contact centers and VA Medical Centers
  • Technical support for VA.gov
  • Debt and payment options
  • Immediate transfer to the Veterans Crisis Line or the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

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When you call 1-800-MyVA411 and press 0, you will reach a live agent for immediate assistance or connection to the right VA experts.

VA is here for you.

1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) is always the right number

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255
Homeless Veteran Resources: 1-877-424-3838 or Chat
White House VA Hotline: 1-855-948-2311

OUTREACH COORDINATION FOR MESOTHELIOMA

 MESOTHELIOMA AND VETERANS

Veterans are faced with many obstacles when transitioning out of the military and into student life. Unfortunately one of these obstacles could be mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which can leave one to feel even more alone and helpless. About 30% of all mesothelioma victims are Veterans, usually being exposed aboard asbestos laden Navy ships. While we hope no veteran should have to experience this, Mesothelioma.net may prove to be a valuable resource to those that do.

Mesothelioma.net is one of the most comprehensive online resources on mesothelioma cancer. Some of the topics they cover are treatment options, research, financial assistance, and help for families of asbestos victims.

Learn how veterans with mesothelioma may qualify for financial help: https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-and-veterans/​​​​​​​

FIND HELPFUL VETERAN MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

VIDEO: What to expect during a Board of Veterans’ Appeals hearing

https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/83159/expect-board-veterans-appeals-hearing/

UNITED WE STAND!

Are You a Veteran in Crisis or Concerned About One?

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire. Due to its long latency period, about 20-50 years, most patients are not diagnosed until much later in life. Learning about the disease, and treatment options available, can sincerely improve life expectancy for patients. You can find more information here:  https://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/life-expectancy/

No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home

Free Help for Homeless Veterans Dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) for 24/7 access to VA services for homeless and at-risk Veterans

Homeless Veteran Chat Confidential, 24/7 online support for homeless Veterans and friends

https://www.va.gov/homeless for more information.

Are You a Veteran in Crisis or Concerned About One?

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)