Talking To Your Military Teen About Substance Abuse

Military teens living with the challenges of long family separations and permanent change of station moves may be more vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse. Certain challenges like a common need for social acceptance may prompt teens to act before considering consequences. Luckily, there are steps you can take to help reduce your child’s risk for substance abuse. HOW CAN I TALK TO MY TEEN ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE? The dangers of teen drug use include […]

Are We Giving Enough?

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Our society needs to acknowledge that our educational systems need a complete overhaul. Every child deserves an education, no matter their abilities because in the end, no child is worth more than the other. As my husband and I plan for yet another IEP meeting at my son’s school tomorrow, I’ve pondered on how far we have come as a society caring and educating our children with special needs. […]

The Military Family & Autism

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D One of the main challenges that you might first think of when hearing the diagnosis of autism is of rigidity, inflexibility, and consistent structure. However, a military family encounters unique situations that require just the opposite; flexibility, adaptability, and resilience. FAMILY PROFILE Expecting a child can be exciting and anxiety producing at the same time; and pregnancy complications can add to the intensity of all emotions experienced. In 2008, at week […]

VA Takes Steps to Ensure Faster Disability Claims Decisions for Veterans

VA Makes Contract Awards Totaling up to $6.8 Billion for Medical Disability Examinations Provides efficient, streamlined process in support of the MyVA Initiative of Medical Disability Examinations for Veterans   WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the award of twelve major contracts that will enhance its ability to deliver timely disability benefits claims decisions to the nation’s Veterans in line with the MyVA initiative. The contracts make up a $6.8 billion […]

Grants Will Help Develop Technology to Make Homes Accessible for Disabled Veterans, Service Members

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today the award of $784,421 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to eligible individuals, researchers, and organizations to develop new technologies that would enhance Veterans and Servicemembers’ ability to live in specially adapted homes. The SAHAT Grant Program was authorized by Congress to design assistive technologies to expand home modification options for Veterans who apply for VA’s Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) benefit. Grants of […]