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Originally published: 2012-09-05 16:12:38
Last modified: 2012-09-05 16:12:38

Veterans' Corner 9.6.12

Mike Halus / (averycountyveterans@gmail.com)

Army standardizes PTSD diagnosis ...
The U.S. Army, along with the other military services and the Department of Veterans Affairs, is standardizing the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Army medical community is now being trained on guidelines spelled out in Army Medical Command Policy Memo 12-035 (April 10, 2012), Policy Guidance on the Assessment and Treatment of PTSD. The memo emphasizes the urgency of the issue. PTSD occurs in three to six percent of service members with no deployment experience and in five to 25 percent of service members who have been deployed to combat zones. For PTSD resources, click to http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil/ptsd/index.html. For an immediate crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Mortgage relief for veterans ...
A new program was unveiled in June 2012 that could help tens of thousands of veterans and service members who are struggling with underwater homes. The program expands the national mortgage settlement that the government previously reached with some of the largest banks, and it steps up enforcement of the Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Operation Boots to Business ...
The U.S. Small Business Administration has joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense to launch a training program for transitioning service members and veterans called "Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup," to help them become entrepreneurs and create jobs. Through the Boots to Business initiative, service members will learn the nuts and bolts of how to start and grow a business. They will also be introduced to the SBA's nationwide Resource Partner network for support throughout the lifecycle of their new business. For more information on the Operation Boots to Business training program, and on how to take part as a transitioning service member, click to http://www.sba.gov/bootstobusiness.
Note: Computer assistance to find web sites can be obtained at local libraries.
For questions concerning VA benefits and to obtain VA Forms, call Georgia Henry at (828) 733-8211.
Comments and suggestions on the Veteran’s Corner can be emailed to Mike Halus at (averycountyveterans@gmail.com)