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PTSD Awareness Month – June 2021

Historically mental health has found its way throughout earlier conflicts, given terms such as “soldier’s heart,” “battle shock,” “shell shock,” and “war neurosis” during the Civil War, World War I, II, and the Vietnam War, etc.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, better known as PTSD, is a mental health condition that occurs after one experiences trauma or witnesses a traumatic event.  Traumatic events aren’t limited to combat; such events include vehicle accidents, natural disasters, terrorism, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, and physical violence.  On 27 June 2014, in honor of a North Dakota National Guard member who committed suicide after two tours to Iraq, the United States Senate announced this day as PTSD awareness day.     For many active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families, the lingering symptoms of PTSD or “combat stress” make life difficult to live. Those suffering are usually on the verge of exploding or panicking, while some feel entirely emotionally numb and disconnected from their loved ones. June is PTSD Awareness Month, and while continued attention given to PTSD is vital for our service members, Veterans and families, We Are One! also aims to create awareness about how to help those living with PTSD and make their lives easier. The Overall Impact of PTSD on Active-Duty Service Members, Veterans, and Families According to research conducted by the Department of Veteran Affairs, around 15% to 17% of service members returning from the Global War on Terrorism meet the criteria for major [...]

By |2021-06-09T18:41:56+00:00June 14th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Memorial Day 2021: A Day to Honor Our Brave Military Heroes

Memorial Day is usually celebrated each year with flag hoisting ceremonies, parades, and other large group activities to honor the nation’s fallen military heroes. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has found the need to look for alternative ways to honor those who died for this country and commemorate their sacrifices. While this may not be the best time to hold large congregational gatherings, we at We Are One! want to encourage people to come together in other ways to pay tribute to our military heroes. Since most of us can’t get together and celebrate Memorial Day 2021 traditionally, we can come together digitally and pay tribute by carrying out some small act of kindness in the military community. How You Can Celebrate Memorial Day 2021 This Memorial Day, instead of attending a large gathering, we all should encourage people around us to find ways to stay home and honor service members in whatever way they can. Instead of spending days and nights thinking about ways to make a difference, we all should take a moment to reflect on what this holiday really means and how we can contribute. The best way to show your support is by carrying out small acts of kindness in the military community. If you know a military family that could use your help, offer it to them. You can go to the store and buy groceries for them or go to a hospital and [...]

By |2021-05-24T21:49:16+00:00May 24th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Supporting Military Children by Collaborating with Child Guidance Center

We are all aware of the impact that military service has on those serving as active military members. Still, we all don't think much about the impact military service has on the children of service members. As with the general population, military families come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. While military children face the same barriers as children from non-service families, some unique aspects add additional challenges to their lives. April is the month to pledge support to military children and shed light on how important it is to ensure they are protected. Let's take a look at the ways of supporting military children and easing the challenges they face. Challenges Faced by Military Children 1. Mobility Mobility is when the whole family has to move from one place to another, resulting in a school change for the child or young person. Many families from the Armed Forces community move within the US and the rest of the world regularly. Most children can cope with these changes, but some may need extra help. Frequent moves can be particularly difficult for children with identified additional support needs. 2. Deployment Deployment is when the family member is away from home on an operation or a long-term training exercise. It is challenging for military children to cope with the deployment of a military parent. During deployment, children and young people can be separated from their parents for long periods, causing them to develop [...]

By |2021-04-21T10:32:40+00:00April 21st, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Celebrating National Medal of Honor Day – March 25, 2021

The National Medal of Honor Day is celebrated each year on March 25th to honor our Medal of Honor recipients' sacrifices and heroic efforts. The Medal of Honor is the highest military distinction awarded to U.S. military personnel by the President of the United States for extraordinary heroism acts beyond the call of duty.  There are three versions of the Medal of Honor: Army, Air Force, and the Navy. The Medal of Honor for the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard are awarded the Navy's version. The History of the National Medal of Honor Day On March 25, 1863, Edwin Stanton, the Secretary of War, presented the first-ever Medals of Honor to six members who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase, an American Civil War raid, in April 1862. Among the recipients were William Bensinger, Elihu H. Mason, Robert Buffum, William Pittenger, Jacob Parrott, and William H. H. Reddick.  Since then, 3468 Medals of Honor have been awarded to Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Coast Guards, and Marines. The country has been celebrating the National Medal of Honor Day since 1991, when George H. W. Bush signed Public Law 101-564 on November 15, 1990, which the 101st United States Congress passed. The Story of Edward C. Byers, Jr. – A Medal of Honor Recipient Chief Edward C. Byers Jr. is a retired United States Navy SEAL. He was born on August 4, 1979, in Toledo, Ohio. He received the Medal of Honor on February [...]

By |2021-03-12T09:57:48+00:00March 12th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Tough Transition: How Military Veterans find it Difficult to Adjust to New Civil Life

Before entering the military life, soldiers undergo a ‘boot camp.’ However, transitioning from military to civilian life is an equally tricky process and should be assisted through a ‘reverse boot camp.’ […]

By |2021-01-20T17:05:01+00:00January 27th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Challenges Faced By Military Families: What you need to Know.

Sending off your loved one to far-off lands to serve and protect your country is not an easy task. Soldiers are widely acknowledged and appreciated for being brave enough to come face-to-face with death on a daily basis to serve their country. We should equally praise military families for putting up a brave front in times of financial and emotional crises. […]

By |2021-01-20T16:49:09+00:00January 20th, 2021|We Are One|0 Comments

Acts of Kindness – AMVETS Thanksgiving Gifts Distribution Drive

To spread happiness and joy this holiday season, We Are One! Incorporation, CA, held a Thanksgiving gifts distribution drive as part of its Holiday Fundraising Campaign. 36 food baskets and 36 gift cards were donated to the American Veterans (AMVETS) Thrift Store located in Long Beach, California. We Are One! Inc., CA’s Holiday Food Basket Drive for Military Families One of the goals for We Are One! Inc., CA, during the holiday season 2020 is to raise $3,000 for more than 2,000 military service families and veterans currently living in Southern California. We aim to provide holiday food baskets and gift cards to as many military service and veteran families as we can. American Veterans (AMVETS) is a volunteer-led, non-partisan association formed by World War II veterans of the United States military. The organization is an advocate for all its members and supports causes that it deems helpful to the nation. Thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we donated 36 gift cards and 36 food baskets on November 17, 2020, to the AMVETS Thrift store located in Long Beach, California. These food baskets and gift cards will help mitigate emergency financial hardships for military veterans and their families throughout the Los Angeles area during the holiday season. We Are One! Inc., CA, is halfway through its goal and needs your help and support to raise the remaining half to reach the $3,000 goal! With your contributions, we will [...]

By |2020-11-26T18:18:22+00:00November 26th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Season: Be Thankful – What Are You Thankful For?

Thanksgiving season is just around the corner! As we spend time preparing for the holiday feasts, let us take some time to reflect on what we are thankful for. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, let us all show gratitude for all the big and little things that we are blessed with in life. After all, Thanksgiving is all about recognizing your blessings and wishing good upon the people you love. Join hands with us as we recall the things to be thankful for this year and for a lifetime to come. We Are One! Incorporation Is Thankful For… America, the Greatest Country on the Planet It's about time we all realize that being an American is a blessing. As we beam on this national holiday, let's show gratitude for living freely in this country. America is a land where we all are free to practice our religions, eat whatever we want, dress however we want to, work in any profession of choice, marry whomever we wish, and watch, read, say and hear whatever we want. America is the Land of Justice that provides equal rights to every individual. So, let's be grateful this Thanksgiving season for being in this great country and pray for our beloved nation's prosperity. Military Heroes Who Put Their Lives on the Line No amount of gratitude is enough for military heroes who start and end their day by serving us. The number of [...]

By |2020-11-12T09:16:18+00:00November 20th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments

Parental Military Deployment: Why Military Parents Must Keep Their Children’s Mental Health in Check

More than 1.2 million US army children belong to the ages of zero to 23 years old. And around 50,000 military families have both parents serving in the forces; this means there’s a high chance that a couple may be deployed at the same time. It’s very possible that your little one could develop psychological problems if you’re an active service member. They might feel scared of military operations, intermittent separation, or dramatic television coverage in your deployment location, for example. Let's delve deeper to understand the importance of remedial action for mitigating the risk of severe mental illnesses in your child. While most army kids can handle a couple of deployments swiftly, the trouble starts with back-to-back deployment. The reasons your child needs extra support and care include: Distress Anxiety and stress—the most common mental disorder in military children—also include fear of separation, parents' death, sleep issues, and physical complaints such as headaches. Experts recommend getting immediate medical intervention if your child seems sad or talks negatively all the time. Pediatricians have also identified hypersensitivity, attention deficit, personality issues, and social isolation. Early Intervention The earlier you get to the root of your child's psychological issues, the better. Most military parents think the problems will go away once their children grow up. But conditions like insomnia and anxiety often manifest in teens and adults as tantrum and anger. Pre-Occupied Military Parent You may return from a combat zone [...]

By |2020-11-08T18:55:45+00:00November 9th, 2020|We Are One|0 Comments