New Book Provides Resilience, Mental Health Resources

From a Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences News Release.  BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 23, 2013 – The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences here has just published a new book titled, “Disaster, Disease and Distress: Resources to Promote Psychological Health and Resilience in Military and Civilian Communities.”

Available for free download on the center’s website, the book is a compilation of fact sheets and educational resources developed over a 10-year period that address important health and mental health issues of service members and their families impacted by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said.

The resources are geared toward civilian communities around the globe affected by natural and human-made disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and incidents of community violence, officials added.

Experts in the fields of military and disaster psychiatry developed the fact sheets, many in the immediate aftermath of specific incidents, officials said, and many address health and mental health issues related to the risks of suicide.

The book features four sections:

Caring for our Nation’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines: The Role of Medical and Social Service Providers, Military Family Health, Disaster Preparedness and Response and Special Populations.

Dr. Robert J. Ursano, director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, said officials hope the book will have enduring value.

“Because many of the signature wounds of war — visible and invisible — persist and will affect individuals and families over time, and because natural disasters and public health threats endure, we believe these fact sheets will be useful and valuable to many audiences in the public and private sector for many years to come,” he said.


At sometime in your life,you may need emergency care.This document explains what VA might be able to do for you.When it is not possible for you to go to a VA Medical Center,you should go to the nearest hospital that has an emergency room.If you are in an ambulance,the paramedics will usually take you to the closest emergency room.


The 2013 WHAT EVERY VETERAN SHOULD KNOW, 77th Edition book is a must-have for service officers and those who advocate veterans’ benefits. It contains all the latest VA legislation and entitlements changes up through the end of 2012, which are usually finalized every December. The book covers Veterans ‘benefits, rights, privileges, and services over which the Department of Veterans Affairs has jurisdiction.   The regular cost of the book on and other locations is $23 each.

Howard Jenkins is a LPG member and thanks to his generosity, he is offering the 2013 book to LPG members for $10.00!  Howard is also offering the 2013 book to non-members for $15.  Contact Howard by telephone at 865-748-5422 or by email at


VA Sevierville clinic started a PTSD Workgroup on August 14, 2013

A PTSD Workgroup began on Wednesday, 8-14-13 and will last for 16 weeks.  Four (4) of our Knoxville LPG members joined the Sevierville group and we are thankful the MH staff for conducting their first PTSD Workgroup.  Vet to Vet TN has agreed to create a peer support group in Sevierville when the Workgroup is released from the VA clinician.  Vet to Vet TN has already secured a free meeting location and will provide a trained Vet to Vet TN Peer Facilitator.