A week ago a new Veterans Administration Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC) opened in Brattleboro, Vermont. The clinic is located in the  exit 1 industrial park and will provide outpatient services to local, tri-state veterans, including lab work and mental health services. The new clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Tuesdays, it will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to this new local clinic there are a number of important internet and book resources available  for veterans and their families. The U.S. government site for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a large amount of information on health care resources and benefits available to veterans.

U.S. Veterans Services

The government site includes an excellent section on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This section would be very helpful to veterans and their families to help understand the symptoms of PTSD and how to find help through books and mental health providers. The site also provides PTSD resources specific to families, women, and children.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Veterans

The Brooks Memorial Library has a number of resources for recently returned vets and the reference librarian can help individuals find information about benefits and other related concerns. Here are a few titles that might be of interest:

Soldier’s Personal Accounts:

Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier’s Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington by Paul Rieckof, New York : NAL Caliber, 2006.

Faith of Our Sons: A Father’s Wartime Diary by Frank Schaeffer, New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004.

Heroes Among Us: Firsthand Accounts of Combat from America’s Most Decorated Warriors in Iraq and Afghanistan edited by Chuck Larson, New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, c2008.

I am a Soldier, too: the Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg, New York, Knopf, 2003.

The Long Road Home: a Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz, New York, NY : G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.

The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig Mullaney, New York : Penguin, c2009.

Books on Trauma:

Overcoming Traumatic Stress: A Self-Help Guide by Claudia Herbert and Ann Wetmore, New York : New York University Press, 2001.

Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman, New York : BasicBooks, c1997.

War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation’s Veterans from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Edward Tick, Wheaton, Ill. : Quest Books, 2005.

More on order…

DVD:

The Ground Truth by Patricia Foulkrod, Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2006.

–Jess

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