Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families

Injured war veterans have always been a part of U.S. history, but the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a significant increase of debilitating injuries. Returning veterans face many health issues, from physical injuries to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, substance abuse and suicide. Women returning from deployment face additional issues, while spouses and family members have unique needs of their own. Did you know:

•350,000 to 400,000 returning combat veterans will come home with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)?
•A large majority of all veterans with TBIs turn to substance abuse within one year?
•Suicide is a hidden epidemic among returning women vets?
•Nearly 20% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder?
•1 in 4 homeless women is a veteran?
When veterans and their loved ones come to the library for information,

•Do you feel prepared?
•Are you searching for the best resources about specific issues unique to veterans?
•Do you know how to help spouses and families of deployed military personnel cope with their situation?
This webinar will provide an overview of the most pressing issues faced by returning veterans and their loved ones and what libraries can do to help. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

•Understand the spectrum of health issues and information needs of military veterans and their families.
•Be aware of quality health resources from subject-specific websites to mobile apps.
•Be knowledgeable of directories of medical facilities and services.
•Be knowledgeable of support services and information for spouses and families of deployed troops.
This one-hour webinar will be of interest to public library staff, including reference desk, adult and teen services staff, and staff from organizations who provide health information to consumers and members of the public.

To launch this event simply click on the link below.

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