Brain training induces lasting brain & mental health gains for veterans, civilians with brain injury

In the first study of its kind, veterans and civilians with traumatic brain injury showed improved cognitive performance and psychological and neural health following strategy-based cognitive training. The Department of Defense-funded study, published this week in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of cognitive neuroscientists, rehabilitation specialists, and neuroimaging experts from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Veterans and others who have sustained traumatic brain injuries often experience […]

Transitioning From Active Duty To Civilian Employment

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH Beginning with the job search, explore options that relate to your military experience and strengths but also your interests and positive personality traits. Retiring or discharging from active duty can be stressful, and joining the civilian workforce can be intimidating. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense report 2012, there are almost 1.4 million active duty service members serving in the armed forces which equates to approximately .4 percent of […]

An Overview Of Children And Youth Programs

The military services offer a wide variety of quality children and youth programs in structured developmental settings on and off the military installation to provide for safe, age-appropriate activities. YOUTH PROGRAMS Instructional programs: Instructional programs provide opportunities to develop new skills and learn in hands-on, informal settings. Programs cover a wide range of topics including photography, woodworking, science and technology, gardening, health and safety. Recreation sports programs: These programs are typically offered through the installation youth center. A year-round program of team sports provides numerous opportunities for youth to challenge themselves […]

Department Of Defense Summer Camp Experiences

During the school year, it’s easy to fill your children’s schedules with activities but the summer can be more challenging. If your children are looking for something exciting to do, the Department of Defense is here to help. Each year, the DoD provides summer camp opportunities for your children, giving them a chance to have fun, meet new people and develop skills that will benefit them for years to come. TEEN ADVENTURE CAMPS The DoD’s Office of Family Policy partners with several universities to offer adventure camps […]

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

BY SHELLEY HUHTANEN Let’s start asking the hard questions and make the CDC and the news media bring everyone together, as opposed to creating witch hunts and dividing our parents. Vaccines. Yes, I said that controversial word – the word that can send thousands of parents running to their Facebook pages, screaming to the masses about why their view is the correct one. As you start to read, you might have already assumed which side I’m on concerning vaccines, since I have a son with […]

Turing Stress To Joy During The Holidays

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH If your service member is deployed or training, either celebrate early if they are leaving around the holiday time, or after the official season, to include them if they are going to return soon after the holidays December can be a stressful time for families, whether together or apart for the holiday season. Remember that children often look to their parents or other adults to figure out how to navigate their stress […]