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Veterans & Active Duty

Whether you’re a veteran, or still serving on active duty, or a member of the Guard or Reserve, we want you be aware of resources that may be helpful during your education at Metropolitan Community College. We are ready to offer assistance in achieving your educational goals.

Veterans Crisis Line:  The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs’ responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/GetHelp/ResourceLocator.aspx

Mental Health Concerns

There are three primary mental health concerns that you may encounter serving in the military.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don't go away, it could be PTSD.

Depression. More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn't mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply "just get over." Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings.

- See more at: https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty#sthash.Qgj7R4pi.dpuf

Resources

United Way: Dial 211 to request a Veteran’s Navigator

http://uwgkc.bowmansystems.com/index.php/veterans

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness

https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty

 

US Department of Veterans Affairs

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/veterans/

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://www.samhsa.gov/veterans-military-families

 

MCC Veterans Page

http://www.mcckc.edu/military/veterans/services.aspx

 

Adapted from NAMI https://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty
Last Modified: 10/19/16