New PTSD Perspective

on Monday, 01 February 2016.

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?

An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized
veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.

 Charles Siebert,  JAN. 28, 2016

Nearly 30 years ago, Lilly Love lost her way. She had just completed her five-year tour of duty as an Alaska-based Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, one of an elite team of specialists who are lowered into rough, frigid seas to save foundering fishermen working in dangerous conditions. The day after she left active service, the helicopter she had flown in for the previous three years crashed in severe weather into the side of a mountain, killing six of her former crewmates. Devastated by the loss and overcome with guilt, Love chose as her penance to become one of the very fishermen she spent much of her time in the Coast Guard rescuing. In less than a year on the job, she nearly drowned twice after being dragged overboard in high seas by the hooks of heavy fishing lines.

Illinois Joining Forces

on Friday, 28 June 2013. Posted in News

Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a network of public and not-for-profit organizations working together to improve services to Illinois’ military and veteran communities.  Our goal is to increase awareness and connectivity among our member organizations so that we, and those we serve, can better navigate the system of support.

IJF member organizations collaborate via Working Groups and update their services and events on this online platform.  Illinois veterans, service members, and their families can use IJF to find and connect with the right resource – or use our site support teamprovided by the Illinois Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Military Affairs to assist in connecting.

Kevlar for the Mind: Helping Professionals for Veterans

on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in News

Like the decade following the end of World War II, the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been marked by a tremendous influx of veterans into the classroom.

Traditional "brick and mortar" and virtual universities and schools are frantically trying to keep pace with the opportunities afforded to troops through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

And these opportunities range from technical and scientific fields as found in the Professional Program for Veterans and Military Personnel at California State University to business as exemplified by the Master of Business for Veterans degree at the University of Southern California.

Lake County Honor Flights Originate in North Chicago

on Friday, 06 September 2013.

Lake County Honor Flights are available to Veterans at no cost to honor their service and their sacrifice. The trip includes a personal guardian, transportation, airfare, meals, hotel accommodations (if necessary) and more.

Be a Hero! Honor a Veteran Today!

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An Important Voice from the Past Still Relevant

on Tuesday, 02 December 2014.

Jan C. Scruggs is the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and is responsible for the construction and placement of The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  

In 1978 he started the fund by contributing $2200 of his own money for a memorial to be erected in memory of the 58,000 lives sacrified during the 20 year U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Scruggs was a combat infantryman who was with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He saw significant action during his tour in 1969-1970 and was wounded in action. Upon his return and recovery, he began a crusade for Vietnam Veterans that is as relevant and poignant today as it was August 5, 1978 when he wrote an article for the Washington Post.  

From its inception. The Wall was intended to not only memorialize those who sacrificed their lives but also to foster a healing about the war.  It does both.  The healing process continues today.   For over 32 years, The Wall has been the most visited memorial in the world.

Click on Continue Reading to read Scruggs' article.

Homeless Female Veterans---The Story

on Friday, 20 February 2015.

From Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

AHomeless

Former Army Captain Jaspen Booth opened a house for homeless woment and Vets and named her organization "Final Salute".  

Watch the video story by clicking here.

Working Effectively with Military Families

on Saturday, 30 May 2015. Posted in News