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.

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Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: Building Resilience to Cope with Difficult Situations

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: Building Resilience to Cope with Difficult Situations provides information and resources to build resilience and help Veterans manage stress.  

Level 5 Resources
Website Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: Building Resilience to Cope with Difficult Situations
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: How vetereans can build resilience by writing

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: How Veterans can Build Resilience by Writing provides information on how to start a journal and the benefits of doing so and also includes "real warriors" message boards to increase communication and support amongst veterans

Level 5 Resources
Website Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength: How vetereans can build resilience by writing
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

The Soldier's Project

The Soldiers Project provides a safety net of psychological care for military service members and their loved ones, as well as educating the general public on how the psychological consequences of war affect not only those who serve, but also their loved ones at home and in our communities. We provide free, confidential professional psychological counseling services to those who have served in our nations military after September 11, 2001.

Level 5 Resources
Website The Soldier's Project
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Vets Prevail

Vets Prevail is a veteran-created online mental health program created to combat the challenges faced by returning veterans suffering from depression and PTSD. The program combines the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with interactive e-learning techniques to educate and provide veterans with tools to overcome mental health challenges faced upon returning home from deployment. Vets Prevail utilizes a variety of techniques including: interactive videos, live chats with trained Peer Coaches, and a peer network of veterans to motivate and help veterans readjust to life after returning home.

Level 5 Resources
Website Vets Prevail
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Vets4Warriors

Vets4Warriors provides 24/7 peer support for Veterans regarding legal issues, housing, medical, psychological and other need. The website also provides a list of resources to promote psychological health.

Level 5 Resources
Website Vets4Warriors
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Virtual Hope Box

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Level 5 Resources
Website Virtual Hope Box
VA / Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) for Veterans and People in the Military Booklet was adapted from the well-known and widely used book Wellness Recovery Action Plan. This version of the plan was developed with input and guidance from active military and veteran populations. While anyone can design and use their own WRAP, developing the plan with a supporter, in a group, or even as a family increases options and understanding. Copies are available for $6.00 per booklet.

Level 5 Resources
Website Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Civilian (Military Adapted Version)
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified (adapted)

Wingman Mobile Toolkit

The Wingman Toolkit is a total force initiative designed to empower Airmen and their families to live healthier lifestyles both on and off duty. The toolkit is comprised of a vast collection of resiliency-related articles and resources, each focused on one or more of the Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains.

Level 5 Resources
Website Wingman Mobile Toolkit
VA / Non-VA Non-VA
Military vs. Civilian Military
Rural vs. Metro Unspecified

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