Resources for addicted veterans

We recently received the following email message which might be helpful to those coping with addiction, and other health issues of veterans

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“I came across this page of your site http://www.localhost/bizmarts/rec/2005_05_01_arc.html and noticed that you are linking to http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.levelc&cid=127 and other resources for servicemen and women. I wanted to thank you for supporting veterans and active military. This is a mission I have been deeply involved in as well. If I may have just a moment of your time, I wanted to talk to you about a serious health struggle among veterans – and also suggest an addition to your page.

The issues of mental illness and substance abuse among past and present members of the military have received increasing press coverage over the past few years, along with a growing awareness of the need for support and prevention resources.

While there are many unique mental health resources available, navigating the system and finding appropriate help can be a challenge. After research across the resources available on the web, the AAC team noticed the absence of a centralized resource designed to help understand the basics of addiction and navigate the veterans’ and active military support systems. They decided to fill this gap of knowledge.

The result is this page:

http://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/veterans-resources/

This page summarizes available governmental, organizational and other resources and makes them easily accessible to those searching for assistance. It includes 48 citations of the latest studies and 10 external resources for veterans seeking help. I hope that the quality of this page and the importance of the subject matter merits inclusion on your page alongside the other resources you have provided – or elsewhere on your website. I believe that it fulfills an important need and will be of great assistance to veterans seeking help.

Thank you so much for your time, and I hope you can add this resource to your site. If you have the chance, please also let me know if it is good ‘as is’ or if you have any suggestions for improving the page. I can pass these along. If you are not responsible for modifications to this page on your site, apologies for the miscommunication, and I would greatly appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction.

Thank you,

Ashley Knowles

Outreach Coordinator

outreach@advocatesforhealth.org

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