Subject: April Newsletter - Highlights of TexVet Mental Health Symposium

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April 2018 
The VetConnect North Texas online directory is a resource for veterans, military families and advocates at nonprofit agencies in the North Texas area.

Mental Health Symposium
On February 22, 2018 over 160 veterans, clinicians, and volunteers - from as far as Omaha, NE - gathered at the Texas A&M–Health Science Center in Round Rock for TexVet’s 3rd Annual Mental Health Symposium. At each symposium, TexVet partners with the VA and universities from across Texas - and the nation - to host respected, vetted, cutting-edge researchers. The event has a unique format that brings researchers before those delivering services directly to vets. Researchers answer questions, and provide actionable advice informed by their findings.

The keynote was about the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale - a robust and effective suicide prevention tool - presented by Adam Wessler, LCSW. Dr. Elisa V. Borah shared her work in founding the Veteran Spouse Network and engaging stakeholders in research development and community building all across Texas. Dr. Evan Gordon presented his research about applied neuroscience as a tool to better understand TBI. Dr. Dena Davidson spoke about causes and treatments for Desert Storm Syndrome. Dr. Adam McGuire shared research and potential applications of Moral Elevation as treatment for PTSD and Moral Injury. Dr. Lindsay Bira presented her work with breaking the stigma that surrounds emotional/mental injury. Dr. Michael Russell finished the presentations by speaking on moral injury studies.

You’ll find videos of all presentations, along with PDFs of each slide deck at:

About TexVet
TexVet, a project of the Texas A & M Health Science Center in Round Rock, provides veterans, military members and their families with equal access to information through a statewide online Veterans Services Provider Network (VSPN). It also serves as the hub for MilVetPeer, the statewide peer-to-peer counseling network.

It's a hand up not a handout
Irving Cares provides focused assistance for Irving residents to address a financial crisis. Our vision is to offer efficient and effective human services to Irving, Texas residents in need.

The goal of the food pantry is to prevent hunger and help overcome a crisis. Irving Cares provides nutritious groceries in an amount that should feed the family for a week.

Everyone needing food is seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Most visits are completed in about an hour. All residents of Irving, Texas have equal access to the Food Pantry.

In addition, each Monday, the North Texas Food Bank Social Services Coordinator is at Irving Cares to assist enrollment in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. It's completely free with no cost to applicants.
Rebuilding Together North Texas (RTNTX)
National Rebuilding Day - Saturday, April 28, 2018

Volunteer on April 28th to provide free home repair and community clean up services in an East Plano neighborhood. You'll be joining volunteer teams to serve low-income seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families unable to maintain their homes. You'll be helping preserve affordable housing and build community - Plus RTNTX will have a free t-shirt and lunch for you! NOTE: This event will take place in East Plano. RTNTX will contact you 1 week in advance with an exact address.

Do you need assistance or know a veteran that needs help with home repair? Rebuilding Together is now accepting applications and has funding dedicated for specific veteran projects. RTNTX also provides home repairs for low-income non-veterans who are elderly, disabled, or have minor children living in the home. About two-thirds of RTNTX clients are veterans. 

About once a year, the Rebuilding Together Homes4Heroes program rebuilds an existing home to meet the needs of a veteran and their family and gifts the home to the veteran.

RTNTX serves residents in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, 
Rockwall and Denton Counties.

Interested parties should complete an application form, which is available on the RTNTX website. The form lists the supporting documentation required.

For more information, visit RTNTX directory listing on VetConnectNTX.
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