The Combat Veterans AnswerRing
 
is 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.

Here 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."
 

The Combat 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 these problems.

The AnswerRing’s suggested website references include:

  www.afterdeployment.org
www.realwarriors.net
www.oefoif.va.gov
www.youtube.com/user/VeteransHealthAdmin
www.militaryonesource.com
www.operationhomeandhealing.org/
www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits
www.woundedwarriorproject.org/


 
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