Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating Among Veterans

The blinking digital numbers on the scales seem to be taking forever. I can’t believe I agreed to have dinner with my friends last night.  Now I have to get up an hour earlier so I can get in extra time working out before work.   The next morning after my workout at the gym, I…...

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Veteran’s Benefits Are Changing! How Are You Affected?

January 5, 2021, a new federal law was enacted that creates change for many veterans. These improvements to the VA system will affect women veterans, surviving spouses, student veterans, homeless veterans, burial benefits, copays, education, retraining, VA institutional changes and other items.  Check with your local VSO for how benefits will change for you and watch our future newsletters for additional information.  Below is the press release issued by the…...

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What To Do When You Have Post Holiday Blues

I turn the corner and see more Christmas lights being stuffed in a box and my heart breaks a little more. My steps slow down trying to grasp the last bits of the holidays that remain. Juggling the takeout and keys I finally get my apartment door open. “Hello?” I…...

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How to Help Veterans Find Their Way

Written by Andrea Bowling I see the gas needle moving towards the quarter tank mark. I take a breath and pick up the phone to look at the signal. One bar. I pull over and try to call you again. Ring…. Ring…. Crackle…. Ring “Hello? Ryan? Can you hear me?”…...

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When Family Life Gets Turned Upside Down

Researched and Written by Andrea Bowling What is a family emergency? Your family emergency will be as unique as your family and what you consider an emergency may not be considered an emergency by someone else.  Cake has an article showing the large range of family emergencies click here.  Someday you will receive a call or notification that will make you…...

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Vets Helping Vets: The Value of Veteran-led Assistance and Support

Written by Natalie Schroeder and Andrea BowlingResearched by Natalie Schroeder I see the dark clouds coming and I hope I can get home before the downpour starts.  The spray from the passing car splashes my windshield and I turn my windshield wipers on high. As I inch my way up to the crosswalk waiting for…...

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It’s Not My Body: Understanding Sex and Gender Issues in the Military

Written By Natalie Schroeder and Andrea BowlingResearched By Natalie Schroeder The box in the closet is calling my name. I know my roommates will not be back for a few hours, so I go to my closet and pull down the shoe box with worn edges. I open the lid and see the simple black flats with…...

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Putting Out the Fire: Information, Tips, and Resources to Combat Tobacco Use

Written by Natalie Schroeder and Andrea BowlingResearched by Deborah Spivak and Natalie Schroeder  I pat the pockets of my jacket to make sure I have my lighter. “Hey Sara, are you ready,” I ask over the cubicle wall. “Yep, let’s hurry we have to be back so Hillary can go to…...

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Home Sweet Home

Preparing for a Housing Emergency  Researched and Written By Andrea Bowling Whether your home is a sprawling home in North Dakota, or a small studio apartment in New York City, a housing emergency would be stressful to downright devastating.   Housing emergencies range from a broken window to being evicted from your home. The first step in preparing for a housing emergency is understanding legal documents.…...

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Financial Help for Seniors

Written by Natalie Schroeder, Andrea Bowling, and Esther AbassResearched by Esther Abass and Natalie Schroder I pull on my extra sweater as I look outside and watch the postman walking through the leaves covering the sidewalk. I open the door before he gets up the steps. “Hi, Mr. Sylva how…...

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