The Attorney General's Veteran's Resource Guide (https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/10/vl/vets-guide.pdf) compiled by the Attorney General’s Office describes certain federal and state laws protecting the rights of veterans and service members in the United States Military, including the National Guard or Reserves, such as those protecting against discrimination in employment, helping to avoid credit or foreclosure problems, and maximizing healthcare, disability, and education benefits.
Battlemind Training: Transitioning from Combat to Home: is a brochure from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, describing the ‘battlemind’ and the challenges of transition.
This toolkit (see http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/communityproviders/#sthash.n79i1eOO.dpbs) was released in summer 2015. It is a website that provides information on connecting with VA, understanding military culture and experience, as well as tools for working with a variety of behavioral health conditions.
Wiliam James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) offers Masters and Doctoral degrees which can have a specialization in Military and Veteran Psychology.
One has the goal of helping people who have not served in the US Military to provide culturally competent services to those who have (https://www.williamjames.edu/academics/counseling/clinical-mental-health...).
The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services provides resources on Domestic Violence
The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services provides resources on Families
The Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services (https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-veterans-services) provides information and contacts for Veterans to access benefits and services, from health services to education and employment training and much more.
The MassVetsAdvisor webportal (https://massvetsadvisor.org/) is an online resource created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that strives to serve the nearly half-million Veterans living in Massachusetts, and their Families, as a bridge to the many benefits that they have earned. It combines state and federal benefits, as well as non-profit resources into one tailored online search. Access to financial, education, and housing benefits that once took hours to research are now just one click away.
This Technical Assistance Package from SAMHSA provides a comprehensive yet concise summary of many of the elements of military culture of which every civilian counselor, clinician or other support personnel should be aware.
The mission of the National Guard Family Program of Massachusetts (https://https://www.massnationalguard.org/index.php/resources/family-pro...) is to establish and facilitate ongoing communication, involvement, support and recognition between Guard families and the Guard in a partnership that promotes the best in both.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services developed a Practice Guidance on working with Service Members, Veterans and their Families, which also has an extensive listing of links, documents and organizations which provide support to SMVF and also those who support them. It is downloadable athttps://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/05/25/care-principles-guidance..., and also from the attached PDF.
The home page for the US Department of Veterans' Affairs (https://www.va.gov) links to far more than Addiction-related information, and is provided here as a convenience. Links to relevant subpages are provided separately.
Veterans' Laws and Benefits (https://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetidx.htm) is a document from the Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. This link is to the eighth edition which provides a compilation of resources regarding major state benefits in the areas of education, employment, housing, motor vehicles, property taxes, and medical assistance, as well as information regarding employment rights and federal burial benefits.