BATTLEMIND Veteran and Community Training is an evidence-informed seminar designed to address sensitive and cutting-edge topics to reduce reintegration barriers for Veterans, service members, military families, and community members. Attendees are educated on the challenges Veterans and military-connected families face, the opportunities and strengths they bring to our communities, and how we can support them as they re-integrate into their communities. We will discuss the barriers that need to be eliminated and what VA programs and services that are available for Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers and other beneficiaries. Topics covered include topics such as suicide, moral injury and community mobilization. This seminar includes the discussion of issues regarding legal needs and support; how to address physical and mental health concerns; the tools needed to create a sense of community within civilian life for military personnel; and how faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) can support VA’s efforts to increase Veterans usage of VA programs and services.
Serving the Community
The challenges for our Veterans include:
- Veterans suffer from PTSD at rates of 14-33% depending on war experience.
- Veterans experience alcohol abuse with a rate of about 39%.
- Veterans experience homelessness at a rate of about 12%.
- Veterans experience prescription drug abuse at a rate of about 11%.
- 22 Veterans taking their own lives each day in the United States.
Goals of the Program
- Provide training to Veterans, Veteran families, and the general population such that a greater number of people can understand the dynamics of transitioning from military life to civilian life.
- Lessen the statistic of 22 Veterans commit suicide each day in the United States.
- Develop a more empathetic, compassionate community who has a synergistic model of care.
- Create a network of support for Veterans.
Impact Areas, our goals include:
In the first year, develop the following components to this program:
- Train-the-Trainer training to create a wide network of Veteran and civilian trainers
- Seminars specifically for Veterans;
- Seminars specifically for civilians;
- Peer-to-Peer Support Training and Events;
- City Specific Teams for Support and Resources;
- Quarterly Resource Fairs.
- Provide the network and resources to lower the incidences of Veteran suicide, depression, dependency, and homelessness.
- Creating powerful local networks that are powerfully trained and readily available.
- Ensuring that 100% of Veterans and their families receive ALL of the services that they need.
- Create and build an ever growing, strong network of individuals and resources are readily available for Veterans and their families. And, if a Veteran requests a service, they have a warm introduction to a designed contact in any agency that they are referred to.