A Few Good Links

Our program demands we espouse a “lifelong learner” mentality.  Below are some great resources to execute the mission essential task of continually developing our operational currency and military cultural competency.

DoD Global Nurse Advice Line
The Nurse Advice Line (NAL) is available 24/7/365 globally for all DoD beneficiaries (AD, AD family members, retired, and retired family members): (800) 874-2273, Option 1. Just remember: the number above translates to (800) TRICARE, Press option 1. Service members and their families can:

  • Get evidence-based health care advice from a registered nurse
  • Find an urgent care or emergency care facility
  • Receive recommendations for the most appropriate level of care
  • Schedule same or next day appointments when recommended by a registered nurse and enrolled to a military hospital or clinic
  • Get an online “absence excuse” or “sick slip” when medically appropriate–subject to service command requirements

Discounts for Military Families 
Military families have a lot to deal with – emotionally, logistically, and financially. What benefits are out there for military families to make life a bit easier for them? Where can they find discounts and deals? This is a helpful financial guide aimed specifically at helping military family members learn about the different resources, federal programs, retail discounts, and deals for dependents of U.S. service members.

Military OneSource
Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard, and Reserve service members (regardless of activation status), their families and survivors. It is a virtual extension of installation services that is both a call center and a website.
Visit Military OneSource today or call 800-342-9647.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) develops education and employment-focused programs in collaboration with industry, government, NGOs and the veteran community, to address the primary economic and public policy concerns of our nation’s servicemen and women, and their families.

Mil Fam Research Inst- PurdueMilitary Family Research Institute
The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University focuses on issues that affect those service members, veterans and their families. Working to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being, they use research to provide invaluable insight to organizations that have the capacity to deliver effective outreach and programming to meet real military family needs.

Elizabeth Dole Found

Elizabeth Dole Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is to uplift American military caregivers by assisting the organizations and agencies that serve caregivers — spouses, parents, and others — responsible for an injured military member.

DCOEDCoE for Psych Health and TBI
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) mission is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, veterans and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care.

DVBICDefense Veterans Brain Injury Center
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is the traumatic brain injury (TBI) operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). DVBIC’s mission is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services.

DHCCDeployment Health Clinical Center
The DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) has been working to improve deployment-related health care. DHCC seeks to transform military health care delivery systems from a disease management model to a more effective and efficient population-based collaborative model of care through health systems research, program implementation support at military treatment facilities (MTFs), and program evaluation services.

After DeploymentAfter Deployment
After Deployment is an online resource supporting Service Members, their Families, and Veterans, with common post-deployment concerns. The website provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, sleep, relationship concerns, and other mental health challenges.

In TransitionInTransition
Transitions in military service can be challenging. Service members presented with such a transition challenge while in mental health treatment, may need extra resources. Help is now available through the inTransition Program.

One MindOne Mind
One Mind is dedicated to benefiting all affected by brain illness and injury through fostering fundamental changes that will radically accelerate the development and implementation of improved diagnostics, treatments and cures — while eliminating the stigma that comes with mental illness.

Life is a Presentation by Pam Chambers is a digital book containing 83 pages and 50 separate lessons for helping you be a more confident and effective communicator. You will enjoy Pam’s practical and easy-to-apply tips and light-hearted approach to public speaking. For information about Pam’s work as a professional speaker and presentation coach, please visit www.pamchambers.com.

Chambers, Life is a Presentation, 2011 Edition. Copyright© Pam Chambers Consulting. Reprinted by permission of Pam Chambers.

Suicide Prevention Resources

  • Reach Out: The Military Crisis Line is a free service to help those who are contemplating suicide or who are worried about someone in danger. The crisis line provides a 24/7 access by phone at 800-273-8255, military press one, online chat and text service at 838255.
  • Gather information: The Defense Suicide Prevention Office within the Defense Department provides advocacy, program oversight, and policy for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in service members, civilians and their families. The website provides tools, resources and information on suicide prevention.
  • Watch Videos: AfterDeployment uses videos to help service members understand what they can do to prevent suicide, learn who is at risk, know the warning signs, shares examples of home, and explains the toll suicide takes on family members.
  • Tools to Use: The Deployment Health Clinical Center offers a suite of tools including, “Suicide Prevention: A Guide for Military and Veteran Families” to recognize risk factors and “Suicide Prevention: Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings” to help manage challenges and improve coping skills.
  • Understand the Issue: The National Center for Telehealth and Technology publishes the Defense Department Suicide Event Report annually. It records the number of suicides within the military and looks at suicide surveillance efforts throughout the military.
  • Create a Message of Hope: This graphic generator from the Military Crisis Line helps you create a message to send someone you care about to let them know that you’re there.
  • Reference: http://www.dcoe.mil/blog/17-09-01/suicide-prevention-resources-read-them-share-them

Substance Abuse Resources for Veterans Answers to questions including information on rehab centers and VA options to support recovery for veterans struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.).

Rehab Spot helps Veterans struggling with addiction and their families find the information, support, and resources needed to get help.