Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.
This Veterans Day, do something that can make a tangible difference in the lives of our veterans. Go to www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org and get training in Mental Health First Aid so that the next time you ask a veteran, "Are you okay?" you'll know what to do if they say, "No, I'm not."
It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.
By current estimates, 22 veterans every day are choosing to end their own lives. I can't help but wonder about my own experiences and how fortunate I've been thus far hanging on to this roller coaster called post-military life.
“We need the entire system to step up," he said. "We’re not seeing this issue as an issue that’s coming up, as an issue that
A VA study from last year found that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide daily. According to a member survey conducted
Predatory for-profit schools have been targeting veterans' benefits through aggressive and deceptive marketing campaigns since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed. In the past, it's been hard to identify the good actors from the bad without some sort of system to capture complaints.
In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama has a very straightforward opportunity to help end the mindset that got us into war, by talking about the necessity of providing the funding to care for the veterans from a decade of war.
The swift expansion of equal marriage recognition and benefits to all Americans -- especially to all who serve -- was the right thing for our country to do, and the Pentagon is now firmly out front in embracing this change.
The debate about the VA disability claims backlog has been about many things, but for us, it's first and foremost about the hundreds of thousands of veterans facing an enduring and straining wait. These people are more than just about numbers.
We believe there must be a complete break with the status quo -- not simply changes around the edges -- to strengthen how the military responds to and handles instances of sexual assault.
Veterans are superbly trained, diverse, innovative, reliable, hardworking, dedicated citizens, and many possess skills that are highly transferable.
April 26, 2013 Dear Mr. President: We are writing to request that you take direct action and involvement in ending the current
The New GI Bill is a great tool to help transform the New Greatest Generation of service members into a new generation of scholars, entrepreneurs, citizens and civilian leaders. It is only fair that we evolve this benefit and improve the impact of this investment in those who have fought.
Congressman Tim Walz (D-Minn.) -- an Army veteran who retired Command Sgt. Maj. after 24 years of service -- also spoke at
How many combat veterans are suffering and just waiting for someone to ask them if they are hurting? As a nation, let's start asking.
IAVA's No. 1 military honoree was, of course, a "no-show." But he wasn't even missed in an evening under Brian Williams' emcee stewardship. It was an evening that whizzed by and went from patriotic good feelings to heroic heights.
Forget wearing a flag pin. Or slapping a "We Support the Troops" bumper sticker on your Prius. This Veterans Day push yourself to do something that's actually meaningful. Here are six ways to honor our soldiers.
As a war veteran, former military leader, and lawyer, Adam Cook has the mind and the heart to provide real service. In sharp contrast, Rob Wittman is part of the problem of childish politics grid-locking Washington.
Veteran nonprofits are strapped, but a new fund is working to pump $30 million into the leading charities that support those