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The 20th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference in May

* Presenters are being sought. Get in touch with Bart Billings at: bbillings@omnisonic.com Pre-Conference • Wednesday-Thursday, May 2-3, 2012 Conference • Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2012 Attend 1-5 Days & Earn 6-30 C.E. Hours DoubleTree Hotel • Los Angeles (Westside), California, USA The 20th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference is the leading and longest- running conference on combat stress in the world. This annual multi-disciplinary event was founded by (and continues to be directed by) Col. (Ret.) Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. to bring civilian and military medical and mental health professionals from around the world together to share their clinical expertise dealing with issues such as: • Blast Injuries • Grief & Loss • Nightmares • Suicide • Combat Readiness • Deployment & Redeployment • PTSD • Terrorism • Compassion Fatigue • Medication Issues … Read entire article »

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Veteran’s Justice Advocacy Project Feb. 23 in San Diego

Veteran’s Treatment Courts (VTCs): A Dignified Path to Justice The Veteran’s Justice Advocacy Project Team would like to formally invite the public to a VTC panel discussion scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2012 from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the USC San Diego Academic Center, 16870 West Bernardo Drive in Rancho Bernardo, CA 92127. Panelists include: Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-50), Judge Wendy Lindley and Lindsay Gold (San Diego VA Veterans Justice Outreach Liaison). Lunch will be provided. The Veteran’s Justice Advocacy Project supports California’s upcoming Assembly Bill 201 and VTCs as an honorable alternative for those who have served our country. These specialized courts divert eligible service members suffering from mental illness and/or substance dependency to a specialized court docket, where their cases can be efficiently addressed and they are provided … Read entire article »

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USAA Financial Tips

6 Tips to Get a Handle on Debt Ask USAA: Should we consolidate our debts into one? Ready to call it quits with your spouse? Mission Your Money: Tips To Start Your Civilian Career … Read entire article »

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Psych News — 13 Jan.

Pride, Teamwork, Excellence: A Year in Review (dcmilitary.com) Drum Will Host NFL Player (Watertown Daily Times) PTSD a Priority at Omaha Med Schools (Livewell Nebraska) Military Study Aims to Aid Troops with Mild TBI (American Forces Press Service) Former NFL Players to Spend ‘Game Day’ on Base (San Clemente Patch) Sarasota Symposium to Focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Herald-Tribune) Support for Soldiers (KFYR-TV 5) Soldiers, Professional Athletes Share Threat From Brain Injuries (NorthwestMilitary.com) By the Numbers: 130 (The White House Blog) Resolve is Relative (Susan Davis International) Vet Families Can Access Mental Helath Tools Online (The Daily Armonk) Reunited Troops, Families Face Stresses of Reconnecting (USA Today) Rejuvenating Oxygen (The Jackson Sun) Veterans Train Service Dogs to Help PTSD (EmaxHealth) Fort Bliss Soldier Deaths at Home Compared to Fort Hood (KFOX 14) … Read entire article »

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It’s Not Just the Politicians Who Have Cheapened the Defense Debate

I recall from early in my career when Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) took to the floor of the Senate to attack the allegedly scurrilous report that the B-1 bomber would cost as much as $60 million a copy: in truth, it turned out to cost $200 million per copy.  I also remember when Sen. Dale Bumpers (D-AR) opposed keeping battleships in the Navy because of their “teak deck:”  In peacetime, the Iowa class battleships did lay wood on top of their 7.5 inch thick steel decks.  No one needs to be reminded that Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Leon Panetta (formerly D-CA) have termed any further cuts in the defense budget to be “catastrophic:” If returning to 2007 levels of defense spending is so terrible, why did Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates not tell us back … Read entire article »

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USAA Financial Advice

20 Year Itch: Read This If You Are Going Civilian Friday Market Commentary – 2011: The Year of Living Dangerously … Read entire article »

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USAA Financial Advice

6 Ways to Boost Your Social Security Check Jive link: http://usaa.hosted.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-1504 Should You Pay Your Kids for Good Grades? Jive link: http://usaa.hosted.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-1511 Get Started: Read This If You Don’t Have a 401(k) Jive link: http://usaa.hosted.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-1509 Market Commentary: There’s No Place Like Home Jive link: http://usaa.hosted.jivesoftware.com/docs/DOC-1493 … Read entire article »

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California Community Colleges Meet, Focus on Vets

By Rick Rogers DefenseTracker.com SAN DIEGO — Easing the transition from battlefield to classroom was the focus of a summit held last week in San Diego on student veterans at California’s 112 community colleges. And not a minute too soon. California Community Colleges have seen an explosion of student veterans in recent years: From 26,000 in the 2008-09 academic year to more than 43,000 student veterans this year. Many more student veterans are expected as the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq winds down and the military shed tens of thousands of service members for budget reasons in the coming years. The San Diego Community College District alone has 11,000 service members, veterans and dependents enrolled in its programs. An estimated 80 percent of California’s returning veterans at some point use their GI Bill to school at community … Read entire article »

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Serve Veterans, Earn Income, an Education Award and More with AmeriCorps

Do you want to make a difference within the veteran community while earning a monthly stipend, education award and healthcare benefits? If so, you might be interested in serving as a AmeriCorps member. Here are the details: Member Duties: AmeriCorps members will engage veterans and inform them of the benefits and services they may be eligible for, including but not limited to employment, education, healthcare, mental health services, and many other benefits. Attend outreach events in an effort to connect with veterans as well as training for member development. Program Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health Coverage, Living Allowance Stipend, Training. Terms: Car recommended, Uniforms provided and required. Service Areas: Community Outreach. Skills: Communications, Computers/Technology, Public Speaking, General Skills, Interest in serving veterans. For more information, click here. Accepting … Read entire article »

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How PTSD Took Over America

In the past 30 years, post-traumatic stress disorder has gone from exotic rarity to omnipresent. Once chiefly applied to wartime veterans returning from combat, it is now a much more common diagnosis, still linked to traumatic events but now including those occurring outside the battle zone: the death of a loved one on a hospital bed, a car crash on the highway, an assault in the neighborhood park. Many would argue that this is a good thing: greater recognition of psychologically distressing events will lead to more people seeking treatment and a decrease in the preponderance of PTSD – a win-win. Stephen Joseph disagrees. In his new book, “What Doesn’t Kill Us,” the professor of psychology, health and social care at the University of Nottingham (in the U.K.) warns that our culture’s … Read entire article »

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