You were not alone then, you are
not alone now. There are 20 million vets who would give their lives for
you. PLEASE, don't take yours.
After a traumatic experience, it's normal to feel frightened, sad,
anxious, and disconnected. But if the upset doesn't fade and you feel
stuck with a constant sense of danger and painful memories, you may be
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can seem like
you'll never get over what happened or feel normal again.
This is why we have created the "buddy-buddy" program. Veterans
like you, that have shared a similar experience or trauma in one of our
nations many conflicts, are available to talk with you openly and
privately and help you deal with issues associated with your experience.
If you are struggling, if you are in pain, if you just need to talk, please call.
Veterans Crisis Hotline 1 (800) 273- 8255 press "1"
Veterans TEXT 838255
For a Post to fully understand what their Service Officer Duties are, please review this Powerpoint from National;
Please Remember one key item. As Post Service
Officers, your Mission is to Refer Veterans and Dependents with need to
the Department Veteran Service Officers. These Officers are highly
trained and Qualified to Properly initiate and Process these highly
involved claims. This Training Information is to help illustrate how
complex the process is. The Veteran (or Dependent) cannot afford the
time and potential loss of a claim based upon improperly filed claims.
Hip Pocket Training Video Series
Understanding VA Claims Assistance: An introduction to the VA claims assistance VFW Service Officers provide to veterans and service members
Understanding Service-Connected Benefits: Helping veterans and service members understand the ins and outs of service-connected benefits
Understanding VA Forms:
An overview of VA forms that VFW Service Officers provide to veterans
and service members through the organization’s National Veterans
Understanding Types of Evidence: VFW Service Officers discuss common types of evidence that may help make your VA claim successful.
How & When to File a Claim for Increase: In this video we discuss how and when to file a claim for increase and what to expect when VA requests a future examination.
Understanding the Decision Ready Claims Process: What you need to know about VA's recent 30-day decisions email. VA Home Loans
: Get the details on VA Home Loans and the VA Home Loan Guaranty.