Military’s care for people with PTSD and depression falls short

Military’s care for people with PTSD and depression falls short

Another feature in our ongoing effort to keep our web-based family engaged and informed.

This article entitled, Military’s care for people with PTSD and depression falls short, from The Washington Post is an interesting and informative read. 

 

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What Does a Parrot Know about PTSD?

What Does a Parrot Know about PTSD?

We always encourage our reader to enjoy thought provoking and interesting stories and this one fits the bill.  Please have a read and enjoy this piece from the New York Times Magazine. 

What Does a Parrot Know about PTSD?

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Improvements In Progress – Part 2

Improvements In Progress – Part 2

This weekend, volunteers from IBEW Local 180, US Army Warrant Officers Association – Mare Island Chapter, Bethany Lutheran Ministries, The Veterans Home of California – Yountville, Chapter 694 – American Legion Riders and the US Army Reserve Ambassador returned to The Pathway Home to pitch in and nearly complete several significant projects at our facility. These folks are the epitome of teamwork.  These amazing folks dubbed this a weekend of “Veterans Helping Veterans” and we could not be more grateful.

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Add Tears of a Warrior to your reading list…

Add Tears of a Warrior to your reading list…

IMG_3271The Pathway Home had the privilege of recently spending time with Janet and Tony Seahorn talking about the agency’s future. They graciously gifted us with multiple copies of their book, Tears of a Warrior, now in its 4th edition. If you haven’t heard of or yet read it, we highly encourage you to do so.

“This book is a godsend for PTSD sufferers. Written in a clear and readable style, it combines solid research and personal stories to provide an accurate description of the disorder and practical advice on what to do and when and where to seek help. I highly recommend this book to anyone impacted or desiring more knowledge of PTSD.”Pat Wolfe, Ed.D. International consultant and author on brain research and learning.

You can obtain a copy at www.tearsofawarrior.com.

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Our Thanks!

Our Thanks!

On behalf of The Pathway Home Board of Directors, staff and today’s veterans, we would like to express our sincere thanks to those who participated in the 2015 Napa Valley Give!Guide campaign.

Your generosity helped us to raise over $10,000 and we are grateful for the support.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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A Veterans Day News Flash

A Veterans Day News Flash

The Pathway Home Announces Partnership Negotiations with Veterans Home of California‐Yountville & San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

National Oversight Program Committee Includes Thought‐Leaders in Veterans Affairs and Mental Health

Yountville, CA – November 11, 2015 The Pathway Home, (TPH) a nonprofit residential center on the grounds of the Veterans Home in Yountville, CA, which treats our nation’s Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other post-­‐combat challenges, today announced a significant step forward in developing a partnership agreement with the Veterans Home of California-­‐Yountville (VHC) and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (SFVAHCS) to set forth a shared understanding of each agency’s respective roles and responsibilities in meeting the mental health needs and overall well-­‐being of California veterans.

“The physical and mental health issues our veterans are facing when they come home from deployment are a national public health crisis that affects not only our veterans, but also their families and communities they live in,” said Pathway Home Board Chair, Dorothy Salmon. “We are excited to move forward in building a partnership with the VHC and SFVAHCS to enhance TPH’s operations as a supportive residential program for our veterans. Collaborating with veteran serving organizations is a win-­‐win for all, as we share talent and resources to stretch far beyond what we can do alone.”

Together the innovative one-­‐of-­‐a-­‐kind program will address the mental and physical health needs of California veterans and facilitate the academic achievement and community re-­‐ integration of those enrolled in local community colleges, universities and vocational training programs. This next phase of the program is right in line with TPH’s mission to provide the respect, guidance, and support our military veterans deserve and need to successfully complete educational programs, obtain employment, and build and maintain healthy personal relationships with family and community.

“The Veterans Home of California, Yountville has been faithfully serving veterans since 1884,” said Don Veverka, Administrator of the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. “The complexities of defending our country are changing and so are treatment modalities to care for our wounded warriors. Pathway Home has been a pioneer in meeting these needs. Working collectively with a distinguished committee of specialists in the field of post-­‐traumatic stress and student veteran health, positions Pathway Home to be a preeminent state of the art provider. The future is now and Yountville is eager to support the mission to heal the wounds of our warriors who make it possible to fly the flag of freedom.”

The leadership at TPH and VHC-­‐Yountville, combined with the research and clinical expertise of the SFVAHCS in the provision of services to student veterans, has the potential to produce a state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art program, possibly impacting how best to deliver best-­‐practice services across the nation.

The Pathway Home National Advisory Committee includes:

  • Keith Armstrong, LCSW-­‐SFVA Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF
  • Mike Brown, Recovery Care Coordinator at Armed Forces Services Corp (AFSC)
  • Jennifer Brusstar, CEO and Co-­‐Founder of The Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Anthony Collins, Pathway Home Graduate, Veteran Advocate
  • Jessica Gundy Cuneo, PhD Research Health Science Specialist and Clinical Psychologist, VA San Diego
  • Kim Mitchell, President Easter Seals Dixon Center
  • John McQuaid, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology UCSF; Associate Chief, Mental Health, SFVAHCS
  • Carie Rodgers, PhD, ABPP Associate Director, Education and Dissemination, VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, and TPH National Advisory Committee Chair
  • Diane Vanderpot, Under Secretary (Ret) of CDVA
  • Donald Veverka, Administrator, California Veterans Home, Yountville
  • Mary Winnefeld, Military Advocate

John Dunbar, Mayor of Yountville, and a Pathway Board Member commented, “I’m proud of the role the Napa Valley community has played in The Pathway Home since 2008. Partnering with national experts in the veteran services world, as well as our State and Federal legislators, will allow Pathway to extend its reach and continue to provide support for our veterans and their families through this life-­‐saving treatment program.”

About The Pathway Home

The Pathway Home (TPH), headquartered on the grounds of the Veterans Home in Yountville, CA, is a nonprofit residential treatment facility serving our nation’s Operation New Dawn (OND; September 2010 -­‐ December 2011), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF; 2003 -­‐ 2011), and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF; 2001 -­‐ current) veterans.

Through comprehensive cutting-­‐edge therapy, TPH treats current and former service members with post-­‐ traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other post-­‐combat challenges. The Pathway Home embraces a wide community of leaders, businesses, and other non-­‐profit organizations that band together to embrace and assist our heroes by providing the respect, guidance, and support that each veteran needs to rebound from combat or other challenging military experiences, and to help them realize they are needed and valued members here at home.

About The Veterans Home of California-­‐Yountville

Located in the heart of scenic Napa Valley, the Veterans Home of California-­‐Yountville (VHC-­‐Yountville) is a community of and for veterans. Founded in 1884, VHC-­‐Yountville is the largest veterans’ home in the United States, offering residential accommodations with a wealth of recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. Some 1,000 aged or disabled veterans (both men and women) or World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home.

About the San Francisco VA Health Care System

The San Francisco VA Health Care System is a comprehensive network that provides health services to veterans through the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) and six community-­‐based outpatient clinics in Santa Rosa, Eureka, Ukiah, Clearlake, San Bruno and downtown San Francisco. It has a long history of conducting cutting-­‐edge research, establishing innovative medical programs, and providing compassionate care to Veterans. SFVAMC has 124 operating beds and a 120-­‐bed Community Living Center. There is a specialized homeless veterans clinic in downtown San Francisco.

Media Contact:

Tara L. Biller can be reached at (615) 829-9440 or via email TaraLBiller@gmail.com

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Get to know your local Veterans Service Officer

Get to know your local Veterans Service Officer

564280ccc4f33.imagePatrick Jolly is Napa County’s Veterans Service Officer. His office can help you receive such benefits as compensation for service-related disabilities, education, training, home loans and health care from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

If you need assistance in securing your benefits, call (707) 253-4558 or send an email to vets@napavets.com.

To read the entire article from the Napa Valley Register, please click HERE.

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The 2015 Give!Guide is Here

The 2015 Give!Guide is Here

The Pathway Home, Inc. is once again honored to be in the good company of 38 other Napa Valley non-profit organizations making a difference in our community.

Between November 1 – December 31 you can click HERE to read more about these agencies; understand their missions; and decide whom you would like to support.

Whether you’re a young or first time donor, or someone of any age who may not yet see yourself as being in a position to give, the Napa Valley Give!Guide is for you. Its goals are simple: To raise awareness and funds to support the exceptional work of small, medium and large local nonprofits serving Napa County residents and to inspire a community of givers.

The Pathway Home encourages you involve everyone by making it a family project.  After all, their hope and ours is to inspire a community of givers.

Thank you.

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A Message about Our Future

A Message about Our Future

Please click HERE to read a message from The Pathway Home’s Board of Directors about moving forward.

 

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Veterans Ward Off Fireworks-Triggered Trauma

Veterans Ward Off Fireworks-Triggered Trauma

Please keep this in mind as you are celebrating tonight!

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/article_06b81dce-a0e7-5332-859a-ba5545352411.html

 

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