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“Food Insecurity: Bringing Solutions to the Table” is intended to help you understand how food insecurity happens and offer solutions to this problem. By the end of the course, you should be able to: Understand what food security means; Recognize how Veterans and their families can become food insecure; and Determine ways you can help Veterans in your community be food secure. The course is introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth.

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Suicide is a public health crisis in America. Those who have served, as well as their families, are at a much greater risk of suicide than people without military experience. Join Dr. Craig Bryan for an overview of the Crisis Response Plan and how it has helped Veterans and others who are at risk for suicide.

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Developing a Data Strategy

Subject Matter Expert: John Tien

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In “Money Talks for Military Teens, Part 2,” military-affiliated ‘tweens and teens will learn about money matters such as credit scores, car loans, and higher education. This course is most appropriate for ages 12-18 years old.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section for additional resources, including interactive planning tools.

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In “Money Talks for Military Teens, Part 1,” ‘tweens and teens will learn the importance and application of budgeting, saving, and investing. This course is most appropriate for ages 12-18 years old.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section for additional resources, including interactive planning tools.

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By watching this course, “Money Talks for Military Youth,” military-affiliated kids are taking the first step to understanding how to manage money. This course is most appropriate for children ages 6-12 years old.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section for additional resources, including interactive planning tools.

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“Managing Healthcare in Retirement” is designed for those associated with the military nearing retirement, along with caregivers or family members assisting with the process. It explores what healthcare costs might look like when you retire, medical insurance coverage, Medicare and VA Care. The sooner you start planning for your physical and financial wellness in retirement, the more likely you’ll be to walk away from your last job without worrying about your future.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section for additional resources, including interactive planning tools.

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Documenting Best Practices

Subject Matter Expert: Jon Sanchez

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Sustaining Momentum

Subject Matter Expert: Bob Woodruff

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Grief and Trauma

Subject Matter Expert: Shauna Springer, Ph.D.

In “Grief and Trauma,” Dr. Shauna Springer explains that grief and trauma are different challenges -- and that they require different healing strategies. At the end of this course, the learner will understand symptoms common to both grief and trauma after suicide loss, describe why grief is often overlooked in clinical settings where Veterans and military families are served, and understand why it is important to treat trauma after suicide loss before treating grief.

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Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide -- and asking the right questions -- are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans,and your loved ones, from dying by suicide, caregivers and spouses should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including a step-by-step explanation about how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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Talking to a fellow service member or Veteran about suicide and asking the right questions are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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Talking to a fellow service member or Veteran about suicide and asking the right questions are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more of your brothers and sisters who have served from dying by suicide, military members and Veterans should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). Learn more about the Columbia Scale, including step-by-step instructions on how to use it, with Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project.

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“Finding Stability After Suicide Loss” explains that suicide loss survivors often find it hard to reach out for help, and the people in their lives are often unsure how to help. This experience is very common among the survivors served at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS. This was also the personal experience of the course narrator, Kim Ruocco, MSW. She is the surviving spouse of Marine Corps Maj. John Ruocco, and she serves as the Vice President of Suicide Prevention and Postvention at TAPS. Ruocco shares her story, and outlines strategies everyone can use to help a suicide survivor.

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Talking to a service member or Veteran about suicide -- and asking the right questions -- are the first steps in saving a life. To create an open, honest discussion about mental health, and to actively prevent more Veterans from dying by suicide, healthcare providers should use the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale, or C-SSRS. Dr. Kelly Posner, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and founder of the Columbia Lighthouse Project, narrates this comprehensive look at the Columbia Scale for healthcare providers.

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Working with the Community

Subject Matter Expert: Jeremy Davis

As parents, we understand that our children need support from multiple people in their lives. And when a child lives with an ill or injured parent or partner, that support becomes even more crucial. In “Working With the Community,” you will learn about how to maintain open lines of communication with the people who help support your child.

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The act of bringing people to the collaborative table has many benefits, most notably the inclusion of representatives who come with unique knowledge, passion and collectively a big picture view of the situation. In this course, you will learn guidelines for building an effective collaboration group in addition to way to engage stakeholders.

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Join the Wounded Warrior Project’s Mike Richardson as he uncovers the “Myths and Facts about Wounded Warriors.” Wounded Veterans are exceptionally capable, motivated, and skilled. They deserve every opportunity to thrive and to engage meaningfully in the civilian world. A particularly challenging time for many Veterans is during their transition into civilian life. This can be even more difficult for them when they are faced with negative, and often inaccurate, beliefs, also known as stigmas, about who they are and how they fit in the world. In this course, Richardson dispels some common myths about our country’s Wounded Warriors and provides facts to help you better connect with the Wounded Warriors in your life.

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This short course will introduce the symptoms of Substance Use Disorder, which is one of the invisible wounds of invisible service. In this course, subject matter expert Dr. Ted Bonar will address tolerance, withdrawal, impairment in life’s activities, desire to cut down, and the other symptoms related to problem substance use.

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Taking care of your own household can be tough. Also caring for your aging parents, grandparents, or other loved ones can be even tougher. One of the most overwhelming aspects is the toll it can take on your wallet. “Taking Care of Your Loved Ones as They Age" addresses financial strategies and resources available to help navigate and manage the challenges that can accompany taking care of a loved one as they age.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section below for additional resources, including interactive planning tools.

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"Sandwich Generation": Adults responsible for raising their children and caring for aging parents at the same time. Taking on this amount of responsibility can be financially challenging, especially for those caring for a wounded loved one. "Survival Tips for the Sandwich Generation" discusses financial wellness strategies to help navigate and plan for the unique situations that may arise.

This course is sponsored by Prudential. Reference the Course Materials section below for links to resources, including interactive planning tools. 

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This short course, brought to you by clinical psychologist Dr. Ted Bonar, will discuss one of the invisible wounds of military service -- substance use disorder. And is for the families of those who served in uniform. Our hope is that it might help you think about substance use disorder a little differently -- through the lens of how you, as family members of a Veteran who could be suffering from it, can help alleviate that suffering.

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Ever since he was a young child, Geoffrey Quevedo’s dream was to join the United States Army. So when Geoffrey turned 18, that's just what he did. In 2011, Geoffrey was severely injured in an IED attack, including losing his left arm and leg. The married father of two young children relies on his own experience as a Wounded Army Veteran to narrate the “Essentials of Injury Communication with Children.” In the course, you will learn: Where your family is on the recovery journey and how knowing this information can help you better communicate with your children; How your child’s age affects what you say and how you say it; specific things you can say to young children; and what resources might help you and your family along the way.

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If your child helps out with caregiving for a parent or other Veteran family member who is ill or injured, who gives that child extra TLC? These “little heroes” are often overlooked. The goal of “Supporting Children Who Support Veterans” is to give you some information and resources to help you find ways to support your child if they are assisting with caregiving for a family member, or if they are helping with other chores or responsibilities as a result of having an ill or injured family member. Although your children may be small now, we hope this course gives you some building blocks to address any parenting challenges you may encounter as your children mature.

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PsychArmor Institute’s “The Job Search” provides service members, Veterans, and their families with practical ideas for beginning the job search as well as ways to jumpstart their career by networking and apprenticeships. This course also provides valuable tools and resources to assist in the job search.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of benefits available to Veterans nationwide. In PsychArmor Institute’s course, “Understanding the VA for You and Your Family,” service members, Veterans, and their families receive a comprehensive overview of the VA’s many available services, tools, and resources.

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PsychArmor Institute’s course “Understanding and Utilizing Your Educational Benefits” provides service members, Veterans and their families with a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits program. This course discusses the GI Bill program, scholarship opportunities, and provides access to essential resources and tools.

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Planning. Preparation. Readiness. These keywords are extremely important in the military and they are equally important when discussing your finances. In this course, service members, Veterans and their families will learn about some major financial considerations associated with transition, as well as five useful tips for preparing their finances.

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Join General Peter Chiarelli, United States Army (Ret.), in PsychArmor’s course “How to Build a Successful Transition Plan” as he discusses the importance of setting realistic expectations, goal-setting, and flexibility during your transition from military service.

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PsychArmor Institute’s course, “Choosing a College and Major” provides service members, Veterans, and their families with tools and resources to assist them in achieving their dreams of higher education. This course also discusses factors in selecting a major and choosing a higher education experience that aligns with their needs.

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Telling Your Story

Subject Matter Expert: David Vobora

Your experience in the United States military is one only you can tell and it’s up to you how much you choose to share with others. In this course, four Veterans share their personal stories and offer insight to current service members preparing for military transition.

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PsychArmor Institute’s course, “Creating Resumes and Cover Letters,” offers an in-depth look at the resume and cover letter writing process. This course discusses resume types, translating military experience into civilian terminology, writing STAR statements, and effective cover letter writing.

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Transitioning from military service can be difficult. It is more than just hanging up your uniform and putting on civilian clothes. In this course, you will receive a brief overview of resources and tools to consider during your transition.

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Accessing Health Care

Subject Matter Expert: Patrick J. Kennedy

Transitioning from military service to the civilian sector affects the type of healthcare that is available to service members and their families. PsychArmor Institute’s course “Accessing Health Care” offers service members, Veterans, and their families an overview of the available healthcare options.

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Hero at Home

Subject Matter Expert: Sarah Verardo

Hero at Home is narrated by the Independence Fund’s CEO, Sarah Verardo. In a relatable way, Verardo uses her picture book by the same name to instruct other caregiving parents on how they can use this and other resources to communicate effectively and compassionately with their children. Introducing the course is Sen. Elizabeth Dole, a caregiver herself, who started the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to support the families of the wounded, the hidden heroes.

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Healthcare providers can support and encourage Veteran patients to seek treatment by recognizing the mental health stigma that exists in military culture. Understand how military personnel may associate mental health providers with negative evaluations, which creates a barrier to treatment, and learn the differences between the mission-focus of military service and individual-focus of mental health treatment. Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), discusses how those differences affect mental health and explains how to help military or Veteran patients overcome barriers to seeking treatment.

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