LEVEL 1 – Strengthen Protective Factors

Who:

Veterans and their families in rural communities.

What:

Reinforce skills and resiliency of Veterans.

How:

Distribute information about resources and training opportunities for transition-related topics such as problem solving skills (e.g., Moving Forward), communication skills and social support (e.g., Family of Heroes), and stress management resources (e.g., Biozen and Tactical Breather).

Anticipated impact:

Increase in Veterans’ and family members’ problem solving, communication and stress management skills and use of these skills to manage common difficulties during the transition from military service to civilian life.

Access to Veteran Benefits

311Vet

311Vet is a 24/7 support for Veterans providing information regarding VA benefits. Users can text 311VET with questions or download the 311Vet smartphone application to have their questions answered. 

Level 5 Resources
Website 311Vet
VA / Non-VA VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

American Legion: Claims Coach App

The American Legion Claims Coach Application provides step-by-step guidance to help you and your service officer through the process of filing for VA benefits.

Level 5 Resources
Website American Legion: Claims Coach App
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

National

After Deployment: Wellness Resources for the Military Community

AfterDeployment is an online resources for military and veteran populations that includes resources regarding health and wellness, mental health, anxiety, stress depression, and substtance abuse - among a number of other topics. AfterDeployment includes links to a number of resources, trainings, and online assessments to support military and veteran populations cope following deployment. 

Level 5 Resources
Website After Delpoyment: Wellness Resources for the Military Community
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

American Legion’s Suicide Prevention Web Center

The American Legion’s Suicide Prevention Web Center is a resource for veterans to provide personal testimonials, data, statistics, risk factors, research, and resources to help veterans, families, and communities connect with VA’s programs in their time of transition and need.  

Level 5 Resources
Website American Legion’s Suicide Prevention Web Center
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Chaplain Care for Veterans

Chaplan Care for Veterans offers spiritual-related information, resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings, and online for Veterans.

Level 5 Resources
Website Chaplain Care for Veterans
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Creating a Supportive Campus for Student Veterans - Peer Program

Veterans on Campus: Peer Program is an online, interactive training simulation that teaches student veterans and student leaders how to support fellow student veterans as they face challenges in transitioning to college life, including isolation, cultural disparities, academic difficulties, time management, and mental-health issues such as TBI, depression, and PTSD.

Level 5 Resources
Website Creating a Supportive Campus for Student Veterans - Peer Program
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

FOCUS: Family Resilience Training for Military Families

FOCUS provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to help families overcome common challenges related to a parent's military service, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story. Intervation online education tools can be found at http://www.focusproject.org/focus-world-intro

Level 5 Resources
Website FOCUS: Family Resilience Training for Military Families
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a national networks of mental health professionals who volunteer their time to meet the needs of the troops and families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan through the provision of in-person, telephone support and video counseling.

Level 5 Resources
Website Give an Hour
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities by supporting veterans through programs in four key impact areas: health, education, employment, and building a lasting community for vets and their families. 

Level 5 Resources
Website Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Metro

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Storm the Hill

Storm the Hill is IAVA’s signature leadership development program. Over the years, it has grown from a handful of Veterans walking the hall’s of Congress into an annual event placing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in more than 100 meetings with our nation’s leaders. Through participation in Storm the Hill, Veterans not only advocate on behalf of their peers, but also earn a sense of fulfillment and community by giving back. 

Level 5 Resources
Website Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Storm the Hill
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Metro

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Vet Togethers

VetTogethers are IAVA’s signature events for Veterans and supporters to share in a common goal of (re)building camaraderie. Driven by a growing member base, VetTogethers boost local leaders who foster a strong peer network and keep conversations going with every event. VetTogethers ensure that connections are forged whether you’re a veteran transitioning home, a retiree looking for a way to give back or a student hoping to engage with your peers.

Level 5 Resources
Website Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Vet Togethers
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Kognito Family of Heros

Kognito Family of Heroes is a 1-hour, online role-playing training simulation for military families of service members recently returned from deployment (within the past 4 years) designed to: (1) increase awareness of signs of postdeployment stress, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, and suicidal ideation, and (2) motivate family members to access mental health services when they show signs of postdeployment stress. Costs range from $5 per user to $100 per user, with an average cost of approximately $25 per user or starting at $2,500 per institution. Communities should contact Kognito for a price quote to meet their specific need: info@kognito.com or 212-675-9234.

Level 5 Resources
Website Kognito Family of Heros
VA / Non-VA VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Make The Connection

The Make the Connection campaign helps Veterans and their families connect with services that improve their lives. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection”—with other people, with resources, with symptoms of mental health issues, and with treatment and support—to get their lives on a better track.

Level 5 Resources
Website Make The Connection
VA / Non-VA VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

MilitaryFamily.com

MilitaryFamily.com provides support and guidance to active-duty and retired military members and their families. Enjoy articles, news & opinion, giveaways, free downloads, apps and more.

Level 5 Resources
Website MilitaryFamily.com
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Mission Reconnect

Mission Reconnect is an evidence-based program of mind and body therapies for use by Veterans and their partners to support physical, mental and relationship health including guided instruction in strategies for connecting with yourself, connecting with quiet, and connecting with your partner. 

Level 5 Resources
Website Mission Reconnect
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Metro

Outward Bound Veteran Programs

Outward Bound offers free wilderness retreats to Veterans to help build a supportive community with other war veterans through facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges. The programs re-energize and reinvigorate spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.

Level 5 Resources
Website Outward Bound Veteran Programs
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

POS REP

POS REP is a mobile, proximity-based social network made expressly for the military veteran community. Short for Position Report, POS REP connects veterans who served together and  allows veterans to discover local peers and resources in the palm of their hand.

Level 5 Resources
Website POS REP
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Project Rebirth

Project Rebirth creates programs that facilitate healing, foster hope, and build resilience by focusing on those who work as first responders, military and veterans, educators and all who serve in a leadership role within their community using collaboration and cooperation to develop simple and effective models for coping with grief, loss and trauma and for building resilience. Project Rebirth includes educational tools and adaptable program models allowing participants to share them when they return to their own communities. 

Level 5 Resources
Website Project Rebirth
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Civilian
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Ready Airman Mobile App

The Ready Airman Mobile App gives Airmen and their families quick access to important resiliency resources—including a geo-location based local and national resource directory, crisis prevention information.

Level 5 Resources
Website Ready Airman Mobile App
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength

Real Warriors helps identify when Veterans need to reach out, seek treatment or develop new coping skills to manage stress by providing tips to help recognize when you need help, treatment options and community and military health care resources. Real Warriors Includes a number of links to access various skills and coping mechanisms including: reducing job interview stress, managing chronic pain, building resilience to cope with difficult situations, and how Veterans can aid resilience by writing etc.

Level 5 Resources
Website Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

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