Combat Veterans AnswerRing
an educational device designed to easily
and quickly help Combat Veterans recognize
the post-deployment problems they are
having, as well as to provide these men
and women with immediate suggestions for
how to start getting help. The device does
not offer therapy, but it does help
provide a simple, totally private
way for Combat Vets to recognize when
therapy may be a solution.
Many of our Veterans, particularly those who
served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are
returning home with psychological wounds
that need immediate attention. Most of these
men and women do not understand why they
feel as they do nor why they are having so
many problems adjusting to their old lives.
They need the counseling available at VA
hospitals, Vet Centers, online, and through
military-provided suicide hot-lines.
However, many Veterans rule out counseling.
They frequently do not recognize their
problems, nor will admit to them, even to
the people with whom they are closest.
is an unsolicited comment from an NG YRRP
Support Specialist: "The
AnswerRing is, in my opinion, a God-given
gyro of a tool in the midst of a post-war
deployment valley of desolation."
Veterans AnswerRing system allows Vets to
dial in one of many common problems; then dial in
how this problem makes them feel; next, dial in
what their reaction is to this problem; and
finally, dial in what they think about doing as a
result. This process covers a huge range of
possibilities (117,000 different scenarios) in a
matter of minutes and is totally private.
Ideally, the AnswerRing will be provided to each
Veteran by the military upon discharge, upon
return from deployment, and to Veterans of combat
in the past. The AnswerRing engages the Veteran
without the Veteran even thinking he/she needs
help. To take this first step, all the Vet has to
do is pick up the AnswerRing and turn the dials on
the front. When the Vet flips the AnswerRing over,
the detailed problem described on the front is
specifically answered on the back. The
recommendations for seeking help range from
explanations of help available, to specific
hot-line phone numbers and websites, to an
acknowledgement that many other Veterans share
The AnswerRing’s suggested website references