The PTSD Help Network

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The nation's most comprehensive therapist finder.  Follow this link to find a PTSD specialized counselor in your area.  Providers can be selected based on their treatment specialities, credentials, and types of payment options accepted (with many providing free counseling to returning soldiers), among other search criteria.

The American Veteran and Servicemembers Survival Guide:
Written by experts in the field of veterans law and advocacy, The American Veteran and Servicemembers Survival Guide, provides easy to understand information.  Moreover, the Guide is avaliable for free download in whole or in part.

The National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs:
This site links to the individual state websites for the members of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.  The individual state websites list varied information.  Almost all of them give a comprehensive list of services provided and available.  This is an excellent place to begin your search for assistance with a PTSD claim for compensation.

U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Main Site:
This site provides information on VA programs, services, and facilities.  It also provides VA forms and applications that can be downloaded.  If you are seriously considering filing a claim with the VA, we urge you to obtain free representation from an accredited service officer/representative.  Authorized veterans service organizations and state and county departments of veterans affairs employ such personnel to assist you.  Competent representation may expedite your claim by preventing errors and oversights in its preparation and processing.

U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Site Locator:
This site is an excellent and very efficient way to locate the nearest VA facilities.  Available through this link are addresses and phone numbers for all VA medical centers, outpatient treatment clinics, Vet Centers, regional offices, and other VA facilities.

American Psychiatric Association:
This link opens an American Psychiatric Association article giving an overview of PTSD and various methods of treating its most persistent symptoms.

An excellent overview of PTSD and its treatment.  However, this site and similar sites are no substitute for treatment by a qualified physician if you are suffering from PTSD or its related problems such as depression and self-medication.

About Medications for Combat PTSD:
If you are under a physician's care for PTSD, and he or she has prescribed medication to help treat your symptoms, this is a handy site to access detailed information about your prescription.

Casualties for Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan:
Veterans often know each other by nicknames.  Or because they may be on an operation together but from different units, they don't know each other's name.  In other cases, they may simply forget names of some of those killed in action.  The names of comrades killed are often needed to substantiate a PTSD compensation claim.  This site provides a continually updated list of casualties, many with photographs and casualty circumstances, from the war in Afghanistan.

Casualties for Operation Iraqi Freedom - Iraq:
Likewise, this site provides the same information from the War in Iraq.  It can be quite helpful in substantiating a stressor related to a veteran's combat service.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Information:
An excellent site providing information for those who have suffered from brain and spinal cord injuries.  Information is also available to assist families of the injured.

Patience Press:
Publishers and sellers of books and literature on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Wounded Warrior Project
The Purpose of the Wounded Warrior Project is:
To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members.
To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

The Physical Evaluation Board (PEB) Forum
This forum, hosted by a former Army JAG officer, is an invaluable resource for any servicemember seeking to navigate the Physical Evaluation Board process.  Information is power -- this website provides you with the knowledge needed to weather an often insensitive and difficult PEB. 

The Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awarness Center
This website provides excellent information for veterans concerned about Mesothelioma and other cancers related to asbestos exposure.  Treatment and legal options are discussed in a straightforward and helpful manner. 

Army One Source
This website provides a whole host of soldier and family support services ranging from healthcare to housing.  Services seem to be excellent near major military installations and sparse in other areas.

Getting Paid, by Allan Checkoway
An Insider's Guide to Filing Your Long-Term Disability Claim or Appeal with:  The Department of Veterans Affairs; The Social Security Administration; or, Your Disability Insurer.  An excellent self-help book published by ElderCare Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN 978-1-4507-5419-4

Life Works:
Life Works, a residential rehabilitation centre located in the UK, offers a free treatment programme for veterans who suffer from PTSD.