Resources for Veteran & Family Support

The wounds of Veterans are not forgotten at Home Base.

The recent events in Afghanistan are difficult to process. Many are experiencing a flood of emotions that can feel overwhelming. Home Base offers group and individual services all at no-cost to our Veterans, Military, and their families. Our team has also compiled a list of external resources with our community and Veteran organization partners to serve Home Base Nation during this challenging time.

Home Base Support Resources

Below is a list of upcoming sessions and other resources provided by Home Base. These support resources are available at no cost and are open to Veterans, Service Members, and Military-Connected Families.

Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families / Every Tuesday / 3:00 PM EST

Home Base’s Veteran and Family Outreach Team are hosting WEEKLY virtual non-clinical socials for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families – allowing us to connect regardless of where you live. These virtual meet-ups cover a range of topics important to YOU.

Registration Link:

https://partners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoceqopjsiHtWDw8puBKOd_H7apdO0Y7v_

 

Veterans and Service Members / Every Thursday / 7:00 PM EST

Home Base’s Veteran and Family Outreach Team are hosting WEEKLY virtual non-clinical socials for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families – allowing us to connect regardless of where you live. These virtual meet-ups cover a range of topics important to YOU.

Registration Link:

https://partners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkcuihqTwqGtI1mycTVki6nKFjtXExQCPd

 

Connect with Care at Home Base

Visit our Clinical Care and Support page for more information on ways that Home Base offers support to Veterans, Service-Members, and Military-Connected Families.

https://homebase.org/clinical-care/care-and-support/

If you are in crisis, please call 800-273-8255 immediately to be connected to care. 

Past Home Base Support Sessions:

Family Session / August 19 

 This family session discussed a range of topics including: How do we talk to our children about these events,  how do we support our service member/veteran loved ones during this time?  

Slide into Home Base / August 19

In this session of Slide into Home Base, attendees shared a discussion on how recent events may impact the way we view our time in service over the last two decades. This session reminded us that our community can come together, share, and support one another during this difficult period.

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Other Support Resources

Additional support resources for Veterans and their families are listed below. These resources are external to Home Base and hosted by community partners and other Veteran service related organizations.

American Red Cross

Discussions are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals with either personal or professional experience with the military.

Veteran + Active Service Groups:

Thursday, August 26th 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 1st 5:30 pm

Military Families + Caregivers of Veterans Group:

Tuesday, August 31st 6:30 pm

Register here: https://redcross_saf.eventbrite.com

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Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN): MFAN is comprised of Military and Veteran spouses dedicated to the mission of connecting fellow Military Families to resources, communities, and information that can help them navigate the various aspects of military life. In addition, the Military Family Advisory Network plays a key role in researching pressing issues and challenges for Military Families. MFAN provides support to their families in 3 main ways:

MilCents – An online, self-led financial education program (includes online events, conversations with peers and experts, and customized financial resources and plans).

MilMap – A search engine that allows you to find and share resources for Military Families in your area.

MilYou – An online support tool organized into 3 categories: Physical Health, Mental Health, and Healthy Relationships. MilYou provides access to information, programs, tools, and resources to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. The MilYou online community allows you to connect with others to discuss personal experiences and lesson topics, as well as to share resources.

Learn more at the following link: https://militaryfamilyadvisorynetwork.org/

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Therapy Resources

Cohen Veterans Network: Cohen Veterans Network has 14 mental health clinics across the country, staffed by providers trained in evidenced-based trauma therapy (including CPT and PE). These clinics offer individual, couples, family, and group therapy to Veterans and Family Members (regardless of role in service or discharge status), including National Guard and Reserves. All services are offered at low to no cost and address a variety of mental health issues (i.e. PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, family/relationship problems, adjustment challenges, children’s behavioral issues). They also provide brief case management and referrals for financial assistance, unemployment issues, housing, etc. These clinics are currently located in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas (4), Virginia, and Washington. See if there’s a clinic near you (*Otherwise, they have telehealth options for individuals that are in-state): https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/clinics/

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Headstrong: Headstrong’s mission is to deliver cost-free, confidential mental health care to post-9/11 Veterans and their family members. They have providers across the country trained in evidence-based trauma therapy, who are familiar with Military culture. Go to the following link to get connect to care with a Headstrong provider: https://getheadstrong.org/get-help/

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inTransition:

inTransition is a free, confidential program that offers specialized coaching and assistance for active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans and retirees who need access to mental health care when:

– Relocating to another assignment

– Returning from deployment

– Transitioning from active duty to reserve component or reserve component to active duty

– Preparing to leave military service

– Any other time they need a new mental health provider, or need a provider for the first time

Eligibility: inTransition services are available to ALL military members regardless of length of service or discharge status and there is NO expiration date to enroll.

Enrollment: Call and sign up any day or time, from any location. Or ask for a referral from your health care provider or case manager.

Website: https://www.pdhealth.mil/resources/intransition

Phone: (800) 424-7877 / International toll-free number: (800) 424-4685

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Support Groups (Online and In-Person)

Hope for the Warriors: Offers online support groups, workshops, and other programs/activities for Caregivers (defined as anyone who physical and/or emotionally supports a post-9/11 Veteran). For more information, apply at the following link: https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/applyforservices/

Programs/services they provide:

The Facebook Caregiver Resource HUB: Connect with other Military Caregivers through interactive posts and events. Gain access to psychoeducation materials and tips for mindfulness/self-care, hear from guest speakers, and learn about upcoming retreats.

Resilient Warrior/Resilient Family: Resilient Warrior is a 6-week online program for Veterans and Service Members that utilizes stress-relief tactics and meditation/mindfulness exercises aimed at eliciting the relaxation response to ultimate decrease stress/intrusive thoughts and increase quality of life. Resilient Family is the version of this program for Caregivers and loved ones of Veterans and Service Members – specifically addressing their unique stressors. Learn more about upcoming Resilient Warrior/Family class offerings at the following link: https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/newsroom/restoring-family-self-and-hope-through-resilient-warrior/

Military and Veteran Caregiver Wellness Workshops: Attend workshops lead by Hope for the Warriors staff that include things like art therapy, yoga, and peer mentoring.

*Workshops held primarily in Northern Virginia, Tampa/Sarasota, Long Island, and Jacksonville, NC areas.

Family Wellness Events: Attend one of these special weekends or daily activities to connect with other military families. Examples include outdoor retreats, conferences, art and wellness events, and couple’s weekends.

Military Child Initiative: Hope for the Warriors is committed to supporting Military children through back-to-school backpack drives, and various scholarships that allow them to participate in sports and summer camps.

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Elizabeth Dole Foundation – Hidden Heroes Campaign: The mission of Hidden Heroes is to honor the role of Military Caregivers by telling their stories and providing helpful resources and a supportive community. Services include:

Hidden Heroes Caregiver Community (HHCC): A private Facebook page where military caregivers can connect with each other, share their experiences, and solicit advice from those who share similar challenges. Register to join at this link: https://hiddenheroes.org/registration/

Dole Caregiver Fellows: Selected from each U.S. state, Caregiver Fellows are Military Caregivers themselves who spend two years with the Foundation. They engage with fellow Caregivers through support groups, meet-ups, and other events. They provide support via the Hidden Heroes online Caregiver Community, as well as give feedback to the Foundation on its programs/initiatives. View the Fellows’ stories and contact them via the following link: https://hiddenheroes.org/stories/?type=story&filters=%5B%5B%22type%3Astory%22%5D%5D

Are you from or near a Hidden Heroes City? Follow this link to find out: https://hiddenheroes.org/hidden-heroes-cities-and-counties/

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PTSD Family Coach (VA App): This free iTunes app is intended for family members of individuals with PTSD. The app includes a variety of resources and information, including strategies for reducing the intensity of arguments and responding to verbal or physical aggression, ways to reduce drinking or drug use, help finding professional care, as well as tips for improving intimacy, listening skills, stress management, and self-care. The app also provides access to a support network of other family members with loved ones who suffer from PTSD. Download the app or go to this link for more information: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ptsd-family-coach/id804318041

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Caregiver of Wounded Warriors (COWW): A private Facebook community where Military Caregivers can post about their experiences, share resources and tips, and receive support from those who face similar challenges as them. The group has over 3,000 members. Follow this link to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1440147819645322/ 

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Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) – American Red Cross: MVCN was created by TAPS/The Elizabeth Dole Foundation in 2014 and then absorbed by American Red Cross in 2017. This program provides Caregivers with online peer support communities, community-based peer support groups (online and in-person), and one-on-one peer mentor programs. They welcome Caregivers of Veterans from all eras/stages and discharge statuses, and employ a broad definition of family (including friends, battle buddies, etc.) – As long as you provide care for a Veteran, then you qualify for the following services. Go to this link to join and learn more: https://milvetcaregivernetwork.org/

Secure Online Community – Moderated by trained Caregiver peers; crisis interventions and referrals as needed

Peer Mentor Program – One-on-one matches with mentors trained to provide support

Online and In-Person Support Groups – Facilitated by 2 trained peer facilitators; 10-15 caregivers per group; monthly meetings.

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Resources and Events

Service to the Armed Forces Program – American Red Cross: This program is facilitated by licensed mental health professionals who are vetted/trained by staff at American Red Cross. There are currently 20 trainers in Massachusetts. Their major programs include: Deployment Support, Mind-Body Workshops, and Reconnection Workshops. Workshops are typically 90 minutes and facilitated in small groups. Go to this link for more information: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington-dc/about-us/our-work/service-to-the-armed-forces.html

Reconnection Workshop Offerings: Caregiver of Wounded, Ill and Injured SM/Veterans; Connecting with Kids; Defusing Anger; Effective Communications; Emotional Grit; Stress Solutions; Trauma Talk

                     –  For children 8-18: Confident Coping and Communication Counts

                    –  For children 5-8 with adult: Confident Coping and Communication Counts

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Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) – The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving: A free and confidential support program where trained coaches help military caregivers and families address the challenges in their daily lives. A 16- to 24-week program is specially created for each individual or family and then your coach either comes to your home or conducts meetings via Skype/phone.

Find out if you have an OFC site near you (*If not, services can be provided via Skype/phone): http://www.operationfamilycaregiver.org/caregiver_support/

Follow this link to access OFC’s extensive list of educational/mental health/retreat/support group resources for caregivers: http://www.operationfamilycaregiver.org/caregiver_support/

Interested in getting involved? Follow this link to the referral form: http://www.operationfamilycaregiver.org/ofc_national_referral_form/

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Healing Household 6: The mission of Healing Household 6 is to provide Caregivers with the resources they need to thrive, including:

Healing the Homefront: Mental health counseling (including telehealth) and wellness activities for Caregivers who can’t afford high-quality mental health care

Life After Caregiving: Assistance in finding resources for Caregivers to aid in relocation, financial planning, and emergency housing or travel

The HH6 Closet: Connects Caregivers and their families with resources for new or gently-used clothing

Peer Support Groups:

– HH6 Veteran Caregiver Transition Group (Facebook)

– HH6 Separation, Divorce, & Domestic Violence Support (Facebook)

– HH6 Widows (Facebook)

– Domestic Violence Peer Support (Online platform through Military Veteran Caregiver Network)

*If interested in any of these groups, email a copy of your VA award letter or Caregiver Stipend proof to supportgroups@HealingHousehold6.org and indicate which group you’re interested in.

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Hearts of Valor: Caregiver support groups are held throughout the United States, facilitated by fellow Hearts of Valor members. Once registered as a member, you can see a full list of support groups across the country. You can also inquire about starting a support group near you if one doesn’t exist. For more information, visit: https://www.heartsofvalor.org/SupportGroups

Hearts of Valor also offers retreats for caregivers throughout the year. Scholarships available to help with the cost. For more information, visit: https://www.heartsofvalor.org/Retreats

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A message from Home Base’s Executive Director Brigadier General (ret.) Jack Hammond regarding recent events in Afghanistan. At Home Base the invisible wounds of war are not forgotten. Read the message of support for our Veteran and Military community: https://homebase.org/news/fellowveterans/