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PTSD Therapy for Veterans – How Many Counseling Sessions?

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PTSD therapy for veterans often takes the form of counseling or therapy. Although psychotherapy is not the only way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), talk therapy is often recommended. By working with a trained therapist, veterans can discuss combat experiences and learn coping skills.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term PTSD treatment in four parts: cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, relaxation techniques, and PTSD education. Typically, CBT for PTSD requires 8 to 20 sessions. That’s just an ...

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PTSD Treatment for Post-Military Personnel – PTSD Medications

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PTSD treatment for post-military personnel may involve medications or psychotherapy. Often, VA doctors combine medical care with counseling (talk therapy) to provide both immediate and long-term benefits. By alleviating patient symptoms and teaching coping skills, doctors and VA therapists are making a difference.

There are several types of medications that can help to relieve PTSD symptoms in veterans. These include antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and Prazosin. Known as Minipress, Prazosin is a drug for hypertension that blocks ...

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PTSD in Veterans – Help is Available

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PTSD in veterans is a growing problem. Among post-military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is also associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI), another public health epidemic.

According to the VA’s National Center for PTSD, veterans who are in crisis can go to the nearest emergency room, call the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-272-8255, or contact the Veterans’ Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1). You can also get help with VA ...

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PTSD in Soldiers – Know the Signs

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PTSD in soldiers and veterans may not show up for months or even years after a traumatic combat experience or terrorist attack. Know the physical and emotional signs so that you or your fellow soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen can get the help they need.

The physical signs of PTSD include chest pain, diarrhea and intestinal distress, insomnia or nightmares, twitching or muscle tremors, profuse sweating, and a pounding heart. The emotional signs of PTSD run ...

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PTSD in the Military – Know the Symptoms

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PTSD in the military is a problem that every soldier, sailor, airman, and marine should know about. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) include both physical and psychological problems.

Most news articles discuss PTSD in accounts of veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other military theaters in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Active-duty personnel can also suffer from PTSD, however, and repeated combat experience may cause psychological and physical problems that can’t ...

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Blackwater Employment Opportunities for Veterans

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Blackwater employment opportunities for veterans pay well, but do you know what it takes to find work as a private security contractor (PSC)? For starters, post-military personnel need to understand that Blackwater contractors don’t work directly for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) or the federal government.

Blackwater security jobs are in high demand, but private security firms can afford to be selective. So if you’re looking for employment with a private security firm, you need to ...

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Tier 1 Operators and Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) is part of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which oversees all of the special ops commands in the various service branches of the U.S. armed forces. On military org charts then, AFSOC is a Tier 1 operator that reports directly to USSOCOM.

Understanding what are Tier 1 operators means analyzing the U.S. special forces structure. Along with Air Force ...

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JSOC and Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) works with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), a sub-unified command of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Led by a four-star general officer, USSOCOM is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida.

Understanding what is JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) involves analyzing special operations force structure. There are three service component commands and one sub-unified command ...

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SCI Clearance and Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

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SCI clearance allows airmen in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) to access classified information. To limit the possibility of security breaches, sensitive compartment information (SCI) is divided into control systems, compartments, and sub-compartments.

Protecting secret military intelligence is the duty of every airman with SCI clearance in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC). SCI control systems are complex, and only a few code words have been declassified. Knowing about Continue Reading →

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Does the IRS Treat VA Disability Benefits as Taxable Income?

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VA disability benefits that you receive from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs should not be included in your gross income. That’s the word from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the federal government’s tax collection agency.

Disabled veterans should also note that the IRS considers some grants and pension payments as disability income. In addition to disability compensation from the VA, exemptions may include financial benefits under a dependent-care assisted living plan.

Disability income can also include grants ...

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