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Guest Blog: How a Veteran Can Heal from Traumatic Memories

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How a Veteran Can Heal from Traumatic Memories By Anna Ciulla An experience of active combat can be incredibly traumatic, which is why there is such a high prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the veteran population. These less visible battle scars—the traumatic memories, flashbacks and other symptoms that can cause daily torment long after active duty has ended—are a reminder of the great sacrifice that fighting to defend our country entails. But that sacrifice doesn’t have to take a lifetime toll. There are ways to cope with and ultimately go on to overcome traumatic memories that any vet can benefit from knowing about: Trauma-Focused Psychotherapies—in particular, Eye Movement Densensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy—have helped a significant proportion of people with PTSD find healing. In fact, a handy “Treatment Comparison Sheet” from the U.S.

GUEST BLOG: What is a ‘Sheep Dog’?

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Giving wounded heroes ("Sheep Dogs") a new outlook on life Military veterans and first responders, who we refer to as “Sheep Dogs,” have an innate need to serve and help those around them. At Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (www.sheepdogia.org), we recognize this and strive to provide continued service opportunities that offer the physical challenges and camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends. We do this through three major programs: Disaster Response Missions, Outdoor Adventures and Holiday Assistance. Through our Outdoor Adventure Program, Sheep dogs that have been injured in the line of duty are provided with meaningful and impactful experiences which help them reengage in a healthy lifestyle and improve their well being. Through this program Army Specialist Scott West was sponsored to participate in one of our skydiving adventures. A Life of Recovery

GUEST BLOG: Caring for Elderly Veterans

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The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center works diligently to support elderly veterans By: Yvonne Napolitano, Executive Director The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center (SJRC) is located in rural, Prescott Valley, AZ. SJRC is the only adult day health program in northern AZ and is just one program of more than 5000 adult day health centers across the nation. SJRC provides therapeutic, personalized care services for those having varying chronic illnesses and disabilities including but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, diabetes, physical/cognitive impairments like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, developmental disabilities, and mental illnesses. SJRC is proud to be serving veterans which are approximately 50% of its daily attendees. Thanks to the late founding SJRC Executive Director Susan J. Rheem (1947-2010) and her advocacy efforts at the national level in the 1980’s,

DVNF Veteran Employee Spotlight – Gary Hwang

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An Army Veteran who can handle whatever comes his way As part of DVNF’s commitment to serving the men and women who stood in our defense, we understand the importance of having team members who have been in their shoes. The following story gives some background on one of the veterans working at DVNF. Gary Hwang came to DVNF in September of 2017 as our Accounting Assistant. We're pleased to have this combat veteran join our team! Below is our interview with Gary about his background and his service. Tell us a little about your service – branch, rank, interesting positions you had, what your job was, where you served, when you served, how long, etc. Did you serve in combat? I served a total of 6 years from 2008 to 2014. I was in the MD National Guard for 3

What Grant Recipients Are Saying

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Partnerships Helping Our Heroes DVNF's Capacity Building grants are intended for like-minded organizations who support the mental and physical wellbeing of veterans in their communities through their own unique programs. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we are helping to make veterans' lives better together. Here's what some of our recent grantees are saying: .@DVNF grant to fund on-going programmatic activities for injured & disabled active duty and veterans nationwide.https://t.co/eHHE2gBIqW — ProjectHealingWaters (@PHWFF) August 21, 2017 For #BeAnAngel Day we'd like to recognize @DVNF for their support of our Semper Sound program! — Resounding Joy Inc (@RJoyInc) August 22, 2017 Big thank you to @DVNF for another year of support of our Operation Healthy Reunions program. Its always great to work with your team! — VCNCT (@2011vcnct) August 23, 2017 A big thank you to the @DVNF for their generous

Guest Blog: Career Training is Vital to Many Veterans

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Institute for Career Development Discusses Veterans' Need for Job Training  One hundred years ago, ICD launched a first-of-its-kind center to rehabilitate returning WWI veterans with service-related disabilities.  Three years ago, we saw that a new approach was needed to meet the needs of today’s veterans, particularly those serving in the military post-9/11.  Since then, ICD’s Veterans for Employment (VFE) program has helped hundreds of veterans with diverse skills, experiences, and interests start satisfying careers. Our staff coaches veterans on writing resumes, searching for jobs, interviewing and other integral career skills. Most importantly, the staff goes the extra mile to meet each veteran where they are and to tailor services accordingly, connecting each veteran to the resources that work for them. In today’s complex employment environment, professional networking can be the key to finding the right job and getting promotions.  Yet,

Dr. Cooper Awarded the Service to America Medal

Dr. Rory Cooper Recognized for His Research and Development Contributions Congratulations to Dr. Rory Cooper, the Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), who has been awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. He's truly deserving of this recognition! The awards ceremony — known as the Sammies — is an annual event where the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants. Dr. Cooper's award was the Science and Environment Medal. DVNF is extremely proud to have contributed to the work that he and his team have conducted to improve the lives of so many disabled veterans! HERL has been the recipient of a grant from DVNF more than once, and we're honored to be a part of the groundbreaking work of HERL. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Cooper on this incredible achievement. We

DVNF to Host Veterans Day Resource Fair

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DVNF Veterans Resource Fair is on November 9th The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is set to host its first annual Veterans Day Resource Fair on November 9th to support veterans in the DC Metro area. What: In honor of Veterans Day, DVNF wanted to do something special to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans by not only thanking them, but also by reaching out and giving back. The purpose of this event is to give veterans in the DC area an opportunity to receive many services from local government and nonprofit organizations. DC, Maryland, and Virginia employment and education officials will be in attendance, as well as several nonprofits that offer a variety of services to veterans, from benefits information to recreational therapy, and more. In addition to these useful resources, there will be free items

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Help veterans to heal invisible wounds during Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month. For veterans, this is especially relevant. With nearly 20 veterans on average taking their own lives each day, no effort to prevent this horrible statistic is without merit. Battle wounds - whether physical or invisible - can debilitate veterans after their service. And the invisible wounds in particular are the ones that tend to fester and grow over time. The struggles of guilt, the feelings of horror, and the stresses of life all seem to be compounded once a veteran has finished his or her service, and if not being properly treated for these ticking time bombs, things can turn south in a hurry. So let's do all we can to help prevent veterans from taking their own lives! Spread the word, and please share the

Remembering September 11th

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September 11th - A day that will not be forgotten Today, we remember September 11th. It is remarkable how that fateful day in 2001 has changed life as we know it. So many veterans, wanting to right the wrong that had been done to our nation, jumped into service. And now, so many of their lives have been affected as a result, and many have families who share their burdens. That is the burden of freedom, and it always comes at a cost. There were so many grim feelings that we all felt on that day. The vulnerability, the panic, the anger, the confusion ... it didn't make sense! How could this happen to the United States? If that happened, what else could be possible? Suddenly, nobody felt safe. That's why the courageous men and women who stood in our defense during and