Bipolar Disorder effects Veterans at an alarming rate. Kowing the signs and where to get help is essential.
Bipolar disorder is marked by extreme swings in energy levels and moods, from high highs to low lows. The condition affects an estimated 45 million people around the world, according to the World Health Organization, but with treatment, symptoms can be managed effectively.
Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. You can also send a text message to the Veterans Crisis Line at 838255 or use the Veterans Crisis Line online chat. The Veterans Crisis Line offers free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
American Minute with Bill Federer
On the frigid night of FEBRUARY 3, 1943, the overcrowded Allied ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester, carrying 902 servicemen, plowed through the dark, freezing waters near Greenland.
At 1:00am, a Nazi submarine fired a torpedo into the transport’s flank, killing many in the explosion and trapping others below deck. It sank in 27 minutes. The two escort ships, Coast Guard cutters Comanche and Escanaba, were able to rescue only 231 survivors.
In the chaos of fire, smoke, oil, and ammonia, four chaplains calmed sailors and distributed life jackets:
Maybe you are incarcerated like Don was, maybe you have some form of addiction, or are one of the 22+ a day Veterans and Military personnel contemplating suicide. Whatever you are experiencing NO self-help book is going to work but as Don (and I) realized the transforming power of Christ can change your life forever. PLEASE, I beg you to reach out to one of the contacts at the bottom of the page today. – Mike
INSPIRING HOPE THROUGH TRANSFORMATION
"God spoke to me, and He was very clear. He said, 'If you were to die today, where would you go?'"—Don
At one point in Don Caballero’s life, he seemed to be on the fast track to becoming a “career criminal.” After his parents divorced when he was in middle school, Don struggled with addiction, insecurities, and academic issues. First incarcerated at age 18, he spent years in and out of jails and recovery programs, homeless and running the streets. He was in custody in Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland.
“There was a point in my life where I honestly didn’t think I was going to see the age of 21,” recalls Don, “and there were some days, honestly, where I wish that I didn’t, because it felt so bad.”
The police would arrest him, he’d be released, and then he’d commit more crimes.
Support for Friends and Family of Prisoners
Focus on the Family Drug and Addiction Resources
Alcohol or Drug Abuse Hotline Call (866) 916-4450
#SuicidePrevention Lifeline for confidential help at 1-800-273-8255
About 25,000 members of the National Guard are streaming into Washington from across the country — at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. And while the military routinely reviews service members for extremist connections, the FBI screening is in addition to any previous monitoring.
FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event…
So does this mean if you are a Conservative, a Constitutionalist or a Republican in the Military watch out!!!
Most of us have heard of and remember Paul Revere, Joh Paul Jones and of course George Washington. All hero’s of the American Revolution, but how many women of that same conflict can you name?
Women of the Revolution
Courageous women have always played a vital role in American history.
Addressing the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 19, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge stated:
"The importance of women in the working out the destiny of mankind ... As there were fathers in our Republic so there were mothers ...
By their abiding faith they inspired and encouraged the men; by their sacrifice they performed their part in the struggle out of which came our country …
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The most popular Veteran resources of 2020
- Borne the Battle Podcast – VA’s weekly, flagship podcast interviewed Veterans such as Duke Basketball’s Coach Mike Krzyzewski, UFC’s and Fox Sports’ Brian Stann, and the 36th Army Chief of Staff George Casey. BtB also hosted special Benefits Breakdown episodes, sharing new resources for the Veteran community. Listen now or learn more.
- Most Popular State Veteran Benefits – U.S. states offer Veterans a wide range of benefits, such as education, tax breaks, or hunting licenses.
- DoD answers top 10 questions on expanded commissary, exchange, MWR access – Did you know eligible Veterans may now have access to on-base Commissaries, Military Service Exchanges and MWRs?
- #FightFlu this year with a flu shot, at no charge – Enrolled Veterans can get a flu shot from a VA facility or local provider.
- Economic Impact Payment – Individuals who receive certain Veterans benefits but didn’t receive the $500 payment per child earlier this year can still file for the $500 payment.
- VA Welcome Kit adds 10 new guides for Veterans and their families.
- Veterans, Gold Star Families get free entrance to national parks, refuges, other public lands.
- Your Next VA Home Loan – What the County Loan Limit change means for you.
- Disabled Veterans can fly Space Available Flights for free.
- Free audio books for Veterans with disabilities.
- 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) is the one number to reach VA.
- Amazon is helping Veterans start their own delivery business.
- Independence Fund expands program with gift cards for Veterans.
- 5 ways to connect with other Veterans using RallyPoint.
- Combat Veteran finds success through Veterans Curation Program.
- Which VA life insurance program is best for you?
- Five surprising facts about a VA career.
- Comcast offers 60 days of free internet service to low-income households.
- Free premium profile on TogetherWeServed.
- Announcing the Veterans Benefits Banking Program.
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