Veteran Helping Veteran: VA Launches Make the Connection

One veteran supporting another. It’s a powerful experience to witness. Whether it’s an Afghanistan combat veteran helping his buddy deal with post traumatic stress symptoms or a wounded Iraq veteran helping rebuild a Vietnam veteran’s home.

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ “Make the Connection” campaign usesĀ  veterans stories to encourage other veterans to seek help and access resources. There are sections for veterans from all the services and eras of service, WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

There is information for family and friends as well as clinicians and active duty military. And the resources page offers a locator to find the nearest Vet Center, VA clinic or PTSD program.

For those who prefer a more private approach, there’s an online Self-Assessment for depression, post traumatic stress, alcohol and substance abuse.

Panetta: Automatic Budget Cuts Would Devastate Military

Leon E. Panetta testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 9, 2011. Photo courtesy of DoD Screen capture.

In a letter dated Monday, a day before his testimony to Congress, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta detailed what automatic budget cuts would do to the military:

  • U.S. ground forces would drop to 1940 levels
  • U.S. Navy ships would shrink in number to 1915 levels
  • U.S. Air Force would be the smallest in its history

Panetta wrote the letter to Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

According to the Associated Press story, Panetta, who has used apocalyptic terms such as “doomsday,” “hollow force” and “paper tiger” to describe the cuts, said the military would have to rethink its strategy.

You can read the full story HERE.

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