The American Legion Post 172 strives to provide veterans with a thorough list of resources for a variety of veteran’s needs. We believe the resources provided can have a positive impact on the lives of veterans and their families. Each resource link listed below has vetted to meet strict criteria. This vetting process was put in place to ensure high quality content and ability to provide useful information for veterans and their families.
If you have any feedback regarding any of the links listed, please go to our Contact page email the post with the information. If you would like to request a resource be added to our page, please refer to our Criteria For Inclusion at the very bottom of this page.
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1
or visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Stop Soldier Suicide: 1-844-889-5610
or visit https://stopsoldiersuicide.org
US Government Made Easy For Veterans
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.
People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.
PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.
Featured PTSD News
The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More
National Center for PTSD
PTSD Discussion Forum
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
PTSD Facts for Veterans
PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Army Behavioral Health Website
NURSING HOMES UPDATE
All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.
Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.
Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.
Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Grant and Per Diem Program https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/GPD.asp
Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless
Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/
National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov
Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp
PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf
VA Home Loans https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/
VA Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp
VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov
VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC
National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)
Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.
For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives
Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam
The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at: VWMP
Link Criteria for Inclusion on American Legion Post 172 Website
Website Content. (Your website must:)
- Be a not-for-profit business. (For-Profit business owners/webmasters: See Sponsor’s page)
- Be relevant to the needs of veterans.
- Be accurate and relatively up-to-date.
- Be published/endorsed/created by an credible source.
- Be of a factual nature as opposed to opinion pieces.
- Links from site should lead to useful related sites.
- Not be political in nature.
Presentation. (Your site will:)
- Be organized and easy to navigate.
- Be visually appealing and look professional.
- Be easy to read and understand.
- Not require users to download special software to use the site.
Accessibility. (Your site will:)
- Be free. All information accessible without cost to the user.
- Not require users to register. (Exceptions on case-by-case basis.)
- Contain functional links. (Vast majority of the site links must be functional.)
- Selection of web sites must help veterans or further The American Legion’s mission.
- The site must either be an authoritative site or a provide users with excellent content.
- If a site offers very unique or hard-to-find information, it may be included even though it does not conform to all stated criteria.