VETFAMSA is a coalition of MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS other health practitioners, educators, members of the VA and Veteran Services Agencies, Active and Retired Military and their families, emergency services, and various other community members. We have pledged to support all men and women of the armed services, and their families and loved ones here in the Hudson Valley. We work to:
- Raise awareness about the needs of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Identify needs of local military families as well as existing sources of support.
- Improve access to services and other support for our veterans and their families.
- Expand support networks and services for military families.
In the News
November 20, 2013: The Northern Dutchess News & Creative Living ran an article and the Veterans Arts Showcase.
July 7, 2013: The online Journal News posted follow-up coverage of the VETFAMSA-hosted, Intersections Co-sponsored Sister Spirit: An All Women Veteran Civilian Dialogue (Co-facilitators Mary Wagner and Lori Arella) which took place on May 31, 2013.
"The Making and Un-making of a Marine" by Larry Winters
Born and raised in New Paltz, NY, Larry Winters entered the United States Marine Corps after HIGH SCHOOL and served in Vietnam 1969-1970. Twenty-five years later, by then a licensed mental health counselor at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, he returned to Vietnam with other health care PROFESSIONALS to study P.T.S.D. in the Vietnamese people and to make peace with his past. Larry is a widely published poet, men's group leader and group psychotherapist. This is his story.
Learn more about Mr. Winters and this and other books at his website.
Great Resources to Support Military Children
- This document provides a SAMPLE
– by no means a comprehensive list – of resources for supporting the military child. Most of these can be read in full online or downloaded by going to the organization’s page and clicking the article title.
Post-Deployment Stress: Helping Veterans and Their Families
- In all wars, healthy young people are trained to effectively perform during violent, chaotic assault but at the risk of lasting psychological damage. To survive, they are required to kill human beings never met; to witness the violent death of comrades; to withstand the loneliness of being continents away from home, in an unsafe place, lacking familiar food, customs or language; to develop a keen awareness of risks both physical (hyper-vigilance) and interpersonal (avoidance, suspicion, distrust.)
- What to look for...
All military families will be affected by deployment-related stress – before the service member leaves, while they are gone, and after they return. Combat training and experience is like no other. Veterans and their families make difficult adjustments often invisible to others.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service.
Veterans and their families and friends can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Lorinda R. Arella, PH.D., Project Director, VETFAMSA | 845-226-4218 | Contact Us