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The American Legion Riders
Hollywood Chapter 43

We are composed of motorcycle riders who are veterans and veteran supporters. Our membership comes from the Hollywood Post 43 American Legion Family.

Vet Centers Help Veterans Readjust to Civilian Life

 Vet Centers provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible Veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-military readjustment.  These services are free to men and women who have served in a combat theater and their family members.

The Vet Center also provides services to men and women who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST) or harassment while on active duty. The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam-era Vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. There are both group and individual counseling sessions provided. Vet Centers also provide bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty, to include federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.

 The VA has also developed a mobile “app” to help veterans with their readjustment: TSD Coach. The app can help Veterans learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma.

Its features include Reliable information on *Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and treatments that help; *Tools for screening and tracking symptoms; *Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help Veterans handle stress symptoms; *Direct links to support and help; *Ongoing access, when the Veteran may need it. PTSD Coach has now been downloaded more than 100,000 times in 74 countries around the world. You can get this free application on your smartphone by googling PTSD COACH and downloading it. Check the http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ for additional resources and apps.

George W. Smith

ALRDOC Service Officer

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