Welcoming Home & Assisting Incarcerated Veterans

Register for the webinar series via Eventbrite.

Sam is an Iraq War veteran who recently came home. He achieved many titles and awards during his time in service but returning back to civilian life was more difficult. Friends and family wondered if something was different. He seemed to experience back pain and spasms nearly every day. During those bouts of pain, he’d consume all the pain killers he could find. When he wasn’t in pain, he would seem to go a thousand miles an hour; seemingly making up for “lost” time. His family becomes concerned, about how could he be incapacitated by pain one moment and an Olympic athlete the next. But Sam didn’t want help. He didn’t think anyone would understand.

This webinar series is for community providers who, whether they know it or not, encounter veterans at-risk for becoming involved in the justice system, in prison or jail, transitioning out of serving a sentence, or adjusting back to a stable routine.

Attendees will learn evidence-based practices that support justice-involved veterans when returning from incarceration. For example, the material discusses how to screen for suicidality, how to recognize the signs of MST, and how to change your practice to address common injuries from service. Attendees will leave with an understanding of veterans’ unique risk factors, which will ultimately empower veterans.

Delays in identification cause increased loneliness, suicide ideation, homelessness, and criminal behavior. The curated topics give you the skills you need to prevent veterans from falling through the cracks.

Subject matter experts will discuss behavioral and physical health outcomes of military service, suicide prevention, and the impacts of military sexual trauma (MST). This series will connect you to community resources and introduce techniques that commonly support veterans effectively, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Discussion will follow each of the keynote speakers to engage you and your team in the topics.

The free webinar series includes trainings on the following:

Suicide Prevention

Veterans accounted for 13.8% of all deaths by suicide in 2018. 1, but only make up 7 percent of the American population. This means a man or woman who served their country is twice as likely than their civilian counterparts to commit suicide. What’s even scarier, is that these reports and statics run 2 years behind and do not take into account the current pandemic. Some VA providers believe that number will drastically increase in future reports.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Believe it or not: more men are assaulted in the military than women: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 50 men respond “yes” that they experience MST when screened by their VA provider. Because more men serve than women, 1 in 50 is a larger number than 1 in 3 women. 2 “Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with MST, it is not the only diagnosis that can result from MST. For example, VA medical record data indicate that in addition to PTSD, the diagnoses most frequently associated with MST among users of VA health care are depression and other mood disorders, and substance use disorders.”- VA

Behavioral and Physical Health Impacts of Service

The relatively high rates of co-occurring disorders among veterans may result from prolonged exposure to trauma. Traumatic experiences may have occurred while serving in the military but may also include victimization prior to military service. Incarceration exacerbates experiences of trauma–or sometimes even causes trauma. Yet, many incarcerated veterans may not receive adequate support to recognize signs and seek treatment.

Register for one of the three live webinars:

February 26th, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST
May 21st, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST
August 20th, 2021 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST

Cost: Free

CEUS: Pending

Register for the webinar series via Eventbrite.
Who should watch?
  • Many people have the opportunity to improve a returning veteran’s chances of success. Are you one of them?
  • Case managers
  • Healthcare providers
  • Parole and probation
  • Criminal justice practitioners
  • Community leaders and organizations
  • You – if you work directly or indirectly with incarcerated veterans
What you will gain?
  • Veteran-focused signs and flags of suicide ideation, military sexual trauma, and behavioral and physical health symptoms
  • Knowledge of community resources and supports for referrals and further support
  • Introduction to techniques that commonly support veterans effectively, such as CBT
  • Veteran justice outreach experts to answer your questions

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This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.