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Veterans Crisis LineSedona AZ (October 1, 2013) Alcohol and drug misuse can lead to serious health and relationship problems.

The Veterans Health Administration has many resources to help Veterans and their loved ones answer questions, find support, get treatment and recover.

Please read on to find information on some of these resources.

Problems with drinking or drug use may occur in response to stress, or in combination with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or other medical conditions.

Fortunately, there are proven methods to help Veterans recover from alcohol or drug misuse and dependence including mutual help groups and effective treatment.

A Confidential Screen Will Help

Do you or a Veteran in your family have symptoms of alcohol or drug abuse? One way of determining that is to take a brief confidential and anonymous screen.

Only you will see the results of the brief screen. None of the results are stored or sent anywhere. You can choose to print a copy of the results for your own records or to give to your physician or a mental health professional.

There are proven methods to help Veterans recover.

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Abuse of substances such as alcohol and drugs can lead to increased risk of injuries, accidents,or physical and mental health problems.

Although quitting is difficult, you do not have to do it alone. Follow these links to valuable information that will help.

VA SUD Program Locator: The program locator will help you find local VA Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Programs.

Effective treatments for substance use problems are available at VA. Available treatments address all types of problems related to substance use from unhealthy use to life-threatening addictions.

The Summary of VA Treatment Programs for Substance Use Problems page provides you with information on the treatment programs the VA uses.

women support veterans administrationMakeTheConnection.net: Visit this site to view hundreds of stories from Veterans of all service eras who have addressed their substance use and overcome mental health challenges.

Alcohol screening followed by brief alcohol counseling has been very effective in helping Veterans with existing and potential drinking problems and is a national prevention priority for the VA.

Other Places to Find Help

Al-Anon/Alateen: Offers support and resources for friends and family of problem drinkers.

MedlinePlus: Provides information to help answer health questions by bringing together information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): The NIAAA provides information that will help you better understand the health consequences of alcohol abuse and dependence (alcoholism). The Rethinking Drinking Web site offers valuable research-based information on drinking habits and how they may affect your health, along with support for making a change.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Find fact sheets, videos, brochures and more within their publications section.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Features information on drug abuse, drug-related legislation, and more.

– See more at: http://www.va.gov/health/NewsFeatures/2013/September/VA-Support-for-Alcohol-or-Drug-Misuse.asp#sthash.Bd2WysxH.dpuf

This SedonaEye.com article written by Hans Petersen, VA staff writer.

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  1. Hello Local Veterans Service Offices,

    Our next career fair for Phoenix area veterans and their spouses is on October 17th.

    I’d really appreciate your help getting the word out about this FREE event to the veterans you serve.

    Below are the event details as well as a link to download a printable flyer for distribution.

    What: Recruit Military Veteran Career Fair – Phoenix
    Where: U.S. Airways Center
    201 E Jefferson St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    When: Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Why: To change the lives of veterans and their families by connecting them with companies that value their talent and experience.

    Please notify the veterans you serve and work with about this event and encourage them to pre-register for FREE here:


    Our Phoenix area events provide many great career options for veterans and their spouses. The companies attending have hundreds of positions they are recruiting for, and many more companies will be added in the weeks ahead.

    Some of the companies are below, and a full listing can be found through the link above.

    · USAA
    · Lockheed Martin
    · Chesapeake Energy Drilling Division
    · Humana Military
    · General Dynamics C4 Systems
    · DeVry University
    · American Income Life Insurance Company
    · G4S Secure Solutions (USA)
    · The Home Depot Supply & Logistics

    If you have space in your office, please print and post this flyer for anyone who might be interested in attending this event:


    Thanks for all you do to support our nation’s veterans. I greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this event that connects veterans and their spouses with career opportunities.

    If you have any questions, or if you’d like to have a conversation about the multiple ways we can potentially help the veterans you serve, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Best Regards,

    Kim Figgins | Candidate Services
    Recruit Military | Web: http://recruitmilitary.com/
    Office: 513-677-7083 | Email: kfiggins@recruitmilitary.com

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  4. American Legion Post 135 and Auxiliary unit will host their annual Early Bird Membership lunch on November 3, 2013, starting at noon at the Old Corral Bar located at 11375 E. Cornville Rd, Cornville. Lunch of fried chicken with the trimmings will be served following a short program. An assortment of desserts will be provided by the auxiliary. The lunch is a yearly event and is in recognition and thanks to those members (both Post and Auxiliary) who pay their dues by a specific date. This year, in order to be invited to the lunch, members must have paid their 2014 membership dues no later than Nov 2. Please call Post 135 2nd Vice Cmdr, Jeri Strande at 928-649-3374 to ensure the proper quantity of food is available or for more information.

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