medical/health

Treatment Options for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological health concern that can occur following a traumatic or life-threatening event.

Understanding Deployment Health Assessments

In order to perform at your best, it’s important for service members to be physically and mentally fit.

Use Martial Arts to Cope with Stress and Boost Resilience

While it may seem counterintuitive to address stress with combat training, certain types of traditional martial arts, such as tai chi and qi gong, are designed to do just that. In addition to increasing a sense of calm, martial arts can also be used to improve physical condition and strength.

Gain Work Experience with Operation Warfighter

Getting involved in meaningful work can aid in both the physical and psychological healing process for service members in recovery. Operation Warfighter is a federal internship program that places recovering active-duty service members and National Guard and reservists currently in a medical hold status in supportive work settings. By focusing on new opportunities and strengthening job skills, service members can bolster their recovery while gaining valuable work experience. This article highlights information about Operation Warfighter and offers tips and resources for service members who wish to apply.

Navigating the Disability Evaluation System

If your military service is cut short due to a service-related disability that occurred in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive benefits. Federal law and military regulations require a thorough review of your case through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to determine the level of disability and entitlement to disability retirement. Understanding the IDES process can be complicated and even stressful at times.

Alternative Resources to TRICARE’S Assistance Program

The web-based TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP) demonstration ended on March 31, 2012. Although TRIAP no longer provides information, counseling and referral services, other resources are available to support warriors and families experiencing psychological health concerns. For example, service members, veterans and families can access 24/7 support through the Real Warriors Campaign live chat available through the Psychological Health Resource Center.

Health Professional Roles in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System

The Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) is used to determine if service members coping with wounds that may prevent them from performing their duties are able to continue to serve.

Traumatic Brain Injury: Signs and Symptoms

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition caused by a sudden trauma, such as a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury, that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Examples of these impacts include the head hitting a solid object, such as a wall or steering wheel, or an object penetrating the skull and brain. TBIs range from mild to moderate, severe or penetrating. While certain signs and symptoms of TBI can be apparent, the injury can also be invisible to service members and to those around them immediately following the impact.

Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Overview

No veteran should ever be left behind. If you are a Service member transitioning to veteran status you may know that there are many resources available to you and your family, but you may not know where to start. In order to help make your transition less daunting, the Real Warriors Campaign has worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to produce this three-part series to highlight the most frequently asked questions that Service members and their families have while transitioning.

Free Support Program for Warriors in Transition

The men and women of the armed forces serve our nation around the globe. When transitions including deployment or permanent change of station (PCS) occur, it’s important to ensure that our nation’s warriors have the right support systems in place. For warriors who are receiving treatment for psychological health concerns, the inTransition Coaching and Support Program offers support as they move between health care systems or providers. This support helps warriors to effectively navigate changes and maintain mission readiness.

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