Understanding and Dealing With Combat Stress and PTSD

Combat stress, also known as battle fatigue, is a common response to the mental and emotional strain when confronted with dangerous and traumatic situations. It is a natural reaction to the wear and tear of the body and mind after extended and demanding operations.

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PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury – The Essentials

Coping with the physical and emotional changes resulting from post-traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury can be challenging not only for the person with the diagnosis, but also for family members and caregivers. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it can connect service members and their families with the appropriate resources for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Find out more.

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PTSD Care and Support: Real Warriors Campaign Resources

Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after experiencing, witnessing or learning the details of a traumatic event. This webinar will discuss PTSD signs, symptoms and treatment options, as well as how to overcome barriers to seeking care. An. …
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Recognizing the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

Confidential Help Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern non-medical counseling programs in the. …
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Caregiving When Your Spouse Has a Combat Stress Injury

When your spouse returns from a deployment with a combat stress injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, it can affect everyone in the household. To do your best for your spouse — and for you — learn more about combat stress, what resources are available, and most importantly, how to care for yourself.

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Health Care – Resources

The military knows that service members have to be in optimal health in order to perform their mission. Take advantage of the numerous health care resources available to you as a service member or family member. While Military OneSource does not. …
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Mental Health – Resources

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental health issues, find support with some of the following resources: Sexual assaultThe Department of Defense Safe Helpline is a. …
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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

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Resources to Promote Well-being During COVID-19

With coronavirus disease 2019 taking its toll on service members and their families, leadership and health care providers, these resources can help everyone maintain a positive frame of mind.

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VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans and Service Members

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides benefits and services to meet the needs of veterans and service members. While many VA programs are designed to serve veterans, particularly disabled veterans, VA services are not limited to those who have left the military.

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Wounded Warriors – Benefits

Access to quality care and valuable services does not end when wounded warriors leave a military treatment facility. In many ways, the help is just beginning. Military members who have combat injuries or are battling serious illness because of. …
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VA Health Care for Veterans

There are many reasons to sign up for VA Health Care, the first being low- to no-cost, quality health care. Learn more about which health care benefits you qualify for and how to apply.

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How to Deal With Combat Stress

Combat stress reactions are natural responses of the body and brain to the extreme stress of combat. Sometimes a threat is so prolonged or intense that it causes a “stress injury.”

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How to Cope With a Traumatic Event

A violent act, catastrophic accident, or sudden loss can leave you feeling anxious and fearful, which are normal reactions. But if anxiety and fears are taking over your or a loved one’s life, you may want to consider professional help.

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Follow These Stress Relief Tips

Some stress in your life is healthy. It can motivate you to change behavior and develop skills, especially in military life.

Be Stronger Than Stress With the Military and Family Life Counseling Program

Everyone experiences stress from time to time, but military life can bring additional stressors with things like deployments and frequent moves. Who wouldn’t get a little bent out of shape over a box of broken dishes following a move? To face. …
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When Your Spouse Has a Traumatic Brain Injury

As a spouse of a service member who has suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, you may be experiencing a range of emotions. It is important to allow yourself to feel every emotion that surfaces and attend to your own needs.

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Getting Help for Combat Stress

Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a family member who has returned from a war zone can help you call on the right resources to begin the healing process.