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"Free Help For Our Soldiers
and Their Families"
War Stress Relief
"No hype. Just help. free."
what are we doing for you?
a personal message
To those who serve our
This website is dedicated to providing an ever
of free, no strings attached, helpful and healing
services and products to our incredible service men and women and their
In essence, it is a directory that will hopefully grow to have thousands of healers listed who will freely give to you their healing skills.
And, there is also a directory for those who want to help in other ways--say with house repairs, yard work, car repairs, painting or anything else.
It is a rule that anyone listed on this site will not, in any way, solicit you to purchase anything. They are volunteering to just give to you in whatever way they can.
Furthermore, it is the purpose of this site that together we will somehow help you in whatever way we can to make your journey more bearable.
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
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- R. Hastings, Vice President
ROMNEY, W.Va. - Michelle Turner's husband sits in the recliner with the shades drawn. He washes down his Zoloft with Mountain Dew. On the phone in the other room, Michelle is pleading with the utility company to keep their power on.
"Can't you tell them I'm a veteran?" asks her husband, Troy, who served as an Army scout in Baghdad and came back with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Troy, they don't care," Michelle says, her patience stretched.
The government's sweeping list of promises to make wounded Iraq war veterans whole, at least financially, has not reached this small house in the hills of rural West Virginia, where one vehicle has already been repossessed and the answering machine screens for bill collectors.
The Turners have not been making it on an $860-a-month disability check from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Excerpt: The U.S. Army will start training all soldiers on Wednesday to recognize signs of post-traumatic stress and seek help when needed, but it still lacks the mental health resources to treat those troops.
About 1.5 million U.S. service members have been sent to Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Repeated and extended deployments to those war zones have driven up the need for mental health services.
But the military's mental health system is too short of funds and staff to help service members, according to the Pentagon and the American Psychological Association, which found more than 30 percent of all soldiers met the criteria for a mental disorder.
Excerpt: "(Stress) impacts all areas of life -- honestly," said Maj. James Young, Mental Health Clinic flight commander.
our relationships, how well we handle problems in relationships or issues in
relationships. It affects our ability to perform adequately on the job. It
definitely affects our health and well being."
Emily Afuola of Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., has posted a comprehensive guide to PTSD.
Excerpt: Donald McFarland of Americans Against Escalation in Iraq argued that
post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, will become more common because the
military is stretched so thin.
Lock and Load
According to Steve Robinson, director of government relations for Veterans for America:
"As a practical matter, they're not doing a good enough job to turn people away."
Ed. Note: This was said before the Walter Reed scandal.
A 2006 military study found that more than one-third of troops who served in Iraq sought mental health care for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems in the year after they returned home.
In Los Angeles, therapists offer free services to soldiers and families through a nonprofit group called The Soldiers' Project.
In Massachusetts, a network of 70 mental health counselors dubbed SOFAR (Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists) offers free individual and group counseling to families of Guard and reserve troops.
kind of help can you get for free?
There are three kinds of assistance being offered to you on this website.
First, free helpful services offered by those who appreciate your service and sacrifice. Personally, I don't think 'Joe American' has any idea the kind of stress you troops or your families are under.
The second type of assistance being offered is General Help.
Let's say your husband is away in Iraq and you need help around the house with shoveling, painting, repairs and that sort of thing. People listed in the General Help directory can help you reduce stress by helping with projects.
Keep checking in with this site because over time there should be Americans from every state and every town across America who are willing to do something.
And, there will be many more categories for you to choose from so that you can find exactly what you need.
The directory is arranged by state so that you can find someone close to you. Remember, over time this directory will be big enough that you will find someone near you to help so come back if at first you don't find someone.
Also, if appropriate, check to see if a listed practitioner will do phone work.
The third type of assistance being offered is Free Stuff some of which can help to reduce stress, improve sleep and much more.
Please remember that there are so many of us who care for you and deeply appreciate what you, our troops, and your families, have done for us.
P.S., before doing anything else, please read our Policies page because there is some very important information there.
Sometimes you just have to laugh. But if you laugh for no reason, people near you will think you've been out in the sun for too long.
So, please contribute funny stuff to the the Humor section.
hopes, not your fears."
"Only he who can see the invisible can do
Excerpt 1: The Iraq veteran in George Gafner’s Tucson office had a problem that confounded his doctors and his wife: Since returning from the war, he was impotent, for no reason that medical science could detect.Gafner, a therapist at the city’s veterans hospital, suggested hypnosis to see if the soldier’s unconscious mind might yield a clue.
Excerpt 2: Former soldier Donald Rayos was one of first on the scene of a widely publicized air tragedy in 1982, when an Air Florida jet crashed into a bridge near the Pentagon and plunged into the Potomac River. Memories of the carnage helped fuel a long battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rayos, 50, said hypnotherapy has helped him cope with his raw nerves, raging outbursts and tendency to avoid others.
“It takes the edge off,” he said. “It helps me soften my memories and set them aside, even though you never forget.”
"This is not right," said Master Sgt. Ronald Jenkins, who has been ordered to Iraq even though he has a spine problem that doctors say would be damaged further by heavy Army protective gear. "This whole thing is about taking care of soldiers," he said angrily. "If you are fit to fight you are fit to fight. If you are not fit to fight, then you are not fit to fight."
As the military scrambles to pour more soldiers into Iraq, a unit of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Ga., is deploying troops with serious injuries and other medical problems, including GIs who doctors have said are medically unfit for battle. Some are too injured to wear their body armor, according to medical records.
"Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed."
• A new report says the
military is unable to provide adequate psychological care
"The military health system lacks the fiscal resources and the fully trained personnel to fulfill its mission to support psychological health in peacetime or fulfill the enhanced requirements imposed during times of conflict," according to "An Achievable Vision," a report from the Pentagon's Task Force on Mental Health.
Excerpts: "The increases in suicides come despite a host of efforts to improve the mental health of a force stressed by the long and repeated tours of duty.
Increasing the strain on the force last year was the extension of deployments to 15 months from 12 months, a practice ending this year."
Ed. Note: This article is heartbreaking because of the terrible toll on our dedicated soldiers but who is talking about the families? What is going on with them?
If you are reading this and you or someone you know have not yet volunteered even one hour a month to help in some way, please do so now.
Excerpt: Adam started having hallucinations
and seeing his dead Sergeant. On his drive back to Fort Carson after returning
from Iraq, Kaplan started to have panic attacks.
May 28th, 2007
To All Brave Soldiers and Your Families:
I received my honorable discharge from the army in 1989 but time has not diminished my respect for every single person who serves.
In fact, over time, my appreciation for what you and your families do, has continued to deepen.
I think about you every day and cannot imagine what you are going through.
Your sacrifices mean so much to me personally that I had to do something.
And so, I decided that I would somehow get hundreds and then thousands of others across America to give back to you what you so richly deserve: Our deepest thanks in the form of caring for you since you have cared for us in a way that so few ever would--you have put your lives on the line for us and our way of life.
Because you have done so voluntarily, I am volunteering as much of my services as I can to help you.
And, I am doing everything I can to get as many people as possible to be there for you as you have been there for us.
You and your families deserve so much from us and you have asked so little. Now it is time for us to step up.
PS, click here to learn more about why I am donating $30,000 worth of CDs to raise awareness of this website.
Excerpt: What is almost a secret is that as far back as 1958 (when the AMA approved of hypnosis) there was a Life Magazine article with graphic pictures showing hypnosis helping a person with severe burns. And the article also showed how hypnosis helps people with pain and cancer. The point is that hypnosis has been recognized for a long time as a powerful healing tool.
Without a doubt hypnosis can reduce much of the stress our soldiers and their families are facing.
Submit yours to me (devin (at) mindbodyhypnosis (dot com) and I will post them on this site.
Also feel free to donate articles as well.
"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars
... and they pass by themselves without wondering. "
-- Saint Augustine
Excerpt: Dr. Ira Helfand, a physician at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield and a co-founder in 1978 of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said he hoped the conference would provide a better understanding of the plight faced by Iraq war veterans upon their return home.
"People know what the war costs in terms of dollars, and the 3,200 dead and the 24,000 injured, but they may not know it causes lifelong problems for vets and their families," Helfand said.
Excerpt: Soldiers returning from war are finding it more difficult to get mental health treatment because military insurance is cutting payments to therapists, on top of already low reimbursement rates and a tangle of red tape.
Wait lists now extend for months to see a military doctor and it can takes weeks to find a private therapist willing to take on members of the military. The challenge appears great in rural areas, where many National Guard and Reserve troops and their families live.
Excerpt: About one in six of the 589,000 veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, a rate expected to climb higher since it can take months and sometimes years for the condition to manifest.
Symptoms include anxiety, sleeplessness, flashbacks and extreme wariness, a recipe that often strains personal relationships and makes it hard for those suffering to get or keep jobs.
This great website allows persons to volunteer as well as seek help.
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"An adolescent whose parent is sent on military deployments is more likely to have suicidal thoughts and feel depressed than the children of civilians, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health."
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