Veteran Reintegration Program
promoting wellness in our returning veterans and their families
Dear Veterans, Veteran family members, and current Military Vets and families:
My name is Rick Beaver. I am a Vietnam Vet and the President of the Board of People House in Denver. I manage the Veteran Reintegration Program and I want everyone who serves this country to be able to enjoy all the freedoms and opportunities this country has to offer.
People House is dedicated to serving people seeking personal growth. Sometimes this takes the form of training, workshops, individual mentoring, groups, or counseling. Some people are at a point where they are just looking to learn new ways to improve their personal relationships, career, or just enjoy a more productive and happy life. Others have a specific problem in their life they want help with or maybe just someone to talk with and sort out what they would like to change. I want to invite you to consider new offerings in our Veteran Reintegration Program.
Veteran Mentoring is a new program of one-on-one conversations you can have with a Facilitator-trained Veteran, (Robin Gilbert or myself). We can help you find your own answers to your own questions. Maybe you are at a place where you are not seeing any possibilities. Talking about it can help you see the possibilities in your life if that is what you are looking for. Facilitation works that way. No one really knows more than you about yourself. We don't know what your answers are but we can help you find them, sort out the issues in your way, and help you formulate your own plan to proceed. We also have a variety of professional resources at People House if you wish to make use of them.
If you are interested in these programs, please call People House, (303) 480-5130, or Rick Beaver (303) 886-9243 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, under Meetup.com at my email address above for a one-on-one Mentor appointment or interest in joining a group. Either service is open to men or women.
Training for Veteran, Veteran families, and Care Providers
One Freedom: http://www.onefreedom.org
303-444-1221 or 888-334-VETS (8387)
Military One Source: http://www.militaryonesource.com 1-800-342-9647
Joint Family Support Assistance Program http://www.coloradoguard.army.mil/family-jfsap.html
Counseling, Suicide line, and outreach for veterans http://www.vetcenter.va.gov
Colorado Human Resources by County
Operation TBI Freedom
A program of Denver Options, provides free Care Coordination for returning military with traumatic brain injuries in Colorado. www.operationtbifreedom.org.
A website dedicated to accessible travel information, including information for disabled veterans. http://www.disabledtravelers.com/veterans.htm.
Clinical Criteria for PTSD
There are many possible symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and a diagnosis by a trained clinician is required in order to rule-out other disorders. However, the following possible symptoms are listed as part of the DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD:
- recurring memories or dreams of the original traumatic event
- flashback experiences which cause a person to feel as though the event is recurring
- intense distress when exposed to situations that resemble the event
- avoidance of thoughts, feelings, or situations associated with the traumatic event
- difficulty experiencing a normal range of feelings
- difficulty connecting with other people
- sleeping problems
- difficulty concentrating
- hypervigilance or an exaggerated "startle response"
- outbursts of anger
For a broader description of the clinical criteria for Posttrauatic Stress Disorder, you can visit the Veterans Affairs PTSD fact sheet page at http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/ncdocs/fact_shts/fs_dsm_iv_tr.html.