Congress is trying to decide if the Department of Veterans Affairs should be allowed to prescribe medical cannabis, psychedelics, and other alternative treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The latest draft of the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the House Armed Services Committee, contains language requiring the DoD to consider clinical trials for psychedelics,… Read more »
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is a perfect time to talk about an initiative from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) called Make the Connection. Make The Connection: A Mental Health Resource The VA has collected stories from veterans who explain the challenges they’ve faced during and after their military service. These veteran… Read more »
In any given year, 11-20 out of 100 veterans who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD. The rate is 12% for those who served in the Gulf War, and 30% of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD during their lifetime. Learn more about some of the 200+ VA treatment programs and other resources for PTSD.
VA Grants for Suicide Prevention Services The Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program is a VA effort “to provide resources toward community-based suicide prevention efforts to meet the needs of Veterans and their families through outreach, suicide prevention services, and connection to VA and community resources,” according to the VA official site…. Read more »
Nation’s Finest is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to support veterans and their families by providing a number of targeted services. Nation’s Finest operates 31 facilities in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The Nation’s Finest Program Each year, Nation’s Finest offers veteran support with services tailored to their needs. Some of these programs are:… Read more »
Wild Ops: Healing for Combat Veterans “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur America’s wars have permanently scarred the souls who have fought through them and survived. Every warrior who returns home from the… Read more »
Phrases like “Access is Power” are burned into the ears of anyone who has ever waited on hold trying to schedule an appointment through the TRICARE system. Access to care is a profoundly important aspect of healthcare. Veterans’ Access to Care to Improve with New Legislation When healthcare services are not easily accessible, they are… Read more »
IAVA is bringing focus to the positive uses of marijuana, specifically in the potential therapeutic treatment of PTSD. In early October of last year, they refiled an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging the challenging of the DEA’s restrictive classification of cannabis.