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Veterans

NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and vets with mental health conditions.

Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions.

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What You’ll Gain

Recovery is a journey and there is hope for all people affected by mental illness. This in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. You will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to your experiences. Through your participation, you have the opportunity to help others grow.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family

What People are Saying

“You realize that he will never be the same having been through war. I learned how to treat him more as an adult than as a hurt child.”Mother of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA clinic

“We are still friends with everyone that was in the class. There’s always and open ear and an open heart and a shoulder to cry on if you need it.” Father of a Veteran after graduating from a NAMI Family-to-Family class held at a VA hospital

Please check the calendar to register for these session

It is important to us to have a class for everyone that wants to attend, but classes do fill up quickly. Please contact our coordinator for details about this program: Veterans@namiqn.org

It is important to us to have a class for everyone that wants to attend, but classes do fill up quickly. Please contact our coordinator for details about this program: Veterans@namiqn.org



Note: Active and retired members of the armed forces do not necessarily have to go through the VA to get assistance for PTSD and other related issues.

Resources

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
To speak confidentially with a Vet Center Counselor at any time around the clock call:

877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)


Free legal assistance for Veterans in Senator James Sanders Jr. District

New York State Senator and Marine Corps veteran James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) hosts free legal assistance for veterans at his District Office in South Ozone Park on the first Thursday of every month. Veterans who are interested must call Senator Sanders’ office at 718-523-3069 to make an appointment.

The in-house lawyer is Cindy Katz, Coordinator of the Veterans Justice Project at Queens Legal Services. She has 30 years of experience and is certified by the VA to represent veterans in service connected cases and discharge upgrades. She can also provide assistance with unemployment benefits, income tax issues, Social Security / Disability benefits, housing issues, family law, and unpaid child support.


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NAMI partner programs like Army One Source and Make the Connection provide much-needed help for veterans and for those who treat them and their families.

NAMI’s Veteran Resources Page

Make the Connection, this is the U.S. Government’s resource guide for veterans.

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