Nov. 12, 2012 at 11:45am
Veterans Day

I think we all are aware that Veterans day was this week as we continue to celebrate. I mention this because of our Home Again Initiative that does a wonderful job teaching the skills that Human Service providers need to engage veterans and their families to use services.

James Gandolfini, star of the HBO series The Sopranos, was the lead in a documentary on the experience of veterans who were in combat and experienced trauma. I happened to see this documentary when it was rebroadcast the other day.  Gandolfini did a superb job in interviewing veterans of various generations-- going back to World War II-- regarding the after affects of their experiences in combat.  We have developed a much better understanding of post traumatic stress and the reality of how frequently it impacts our men and women who serve in the military in combat zones.  I was struck by how poignantly the veterans interviewed spoke of their own lives and memories. 

For those of you who may need some statistical context, I think you would  be interested in knowing that 6,500 veterans commit suicide each year in the United States. That is not to say that all of their suicides are directly related to their combat or military experiences, but it is an astonishing figure for just one element of the profile of people who take their own lives. Just as the military histories of the people who commit suicide may not be the primary determinates of their suicides, there also may be a significant number of people who “commit suicide” through other means and leave no evidence of a suicidal intent: substance abuse and deaths associated with it, and auto accidents of a certain type are two such examples.  

I had the opportunity to read an article in the winter edition of the Mental Health News “Looking Beyond PTSD: Are We Ready For Our Returning Heroes?” by Adriana Rodriguez, LCSW and Coordinator and Master Trainer of our own Home Again: Veterans and Families Initiative program.  I have included a link to the article for those who are interested as we reflect on our veterans and the sacrifices  they made and are still making in the sense of how they are coping with their military experiences. I think you will appreciate reading this wonderful piece.

Professsional Tutors of America offers free academic tutoring for veterans, spouses and children of the Fallen Soldiers nationwide. We would love to share our educational services through your organization.

If you have any questions please call or e-mail me at (714) 784-3418 or

Left by Janeth Manjarrez, MS | Jan. 4, 2013 at 1:16pm

Thanks for this Janeth! Someone from our Home Again program will be reaching out to you shortly.

Left by Lakeva Morman | Jan. 7, 2013 at 1:04pm

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