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Resources and Recommended Readings

Resources for Military Service Personnel and Their Families

  1. Friedman, Matthew J., Slone, Laurie B. After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families. Da Capo Press, 2008.

  2. Matsakis, Aphrodite. Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family. Sidran Institute Press, 2007.

  3. Armstrong, Keith, Best, Suzanne, Domenici, Paula. Courage after Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2005.

  4. Cantrell, Bridget C., Dean, Chuck. Down Range: To Iraq and Back. Hearts Toward Home International, 2005.

  5. Cantrell, Bridget C., Dean, Chuck. Once a Warrior: Wired for Life. Hearts Toward Home International, 2007.

Online Resources:
  1. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    1. Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel, Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members. These two short guides were developed by experts at the National Center for PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Available online:

    2. Vet Centers - These centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family.

    3. National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) - A center established to improve the well-being of U.S. veterans through PTSD research and education.

  2. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

  3. Army Behavioral Health - A PTSD informational website provided by the U.S. Army Medical Department for the support of Soldiers and their families.

  4. Welcome Back Veterans Initiative - Welcome Back Veterans will support programs that treat and cure Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression, and substance abuse, allowing veterans to lead successful lives upon their return.

  5. Veteran Service Organizations

  6. New York City Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs

  7. City University of New York (CUNY) Office of Veterans Affairs

  8. Military One Source

Non-Military Related Mental Health Resources
  1. World Trade Center

    1. World Trade Center Survivors' Network:

    2. Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero. (Video). Available from:

  2. University of Michigan Depression Center

National Organizations:
  1. United States Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Center for mental health services.

  2. National Mental Health Association (NMHA)

  3. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  4. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - An organization within the National Institute of Health dedicated to mental health research.

  5. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

  6. Freedom From Fear - A national, non-profit mental illness advocacy organization.

Local Organizations:
  1. Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC)

  2. New York State Office of Mental Health

  3. New York City 9-11 Health Information - New York City has launched a comprehensive new website that offers the latest information about 9/11 health and services. The "one-stop shopping" website makes it much easier for New Yorkers who were exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center find the free medical treatment and resources they need to get better. The website also includes easily accessible health research findings about the different groups of people who were affected by the disaster: rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others.

  4. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  5. Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz

  6. New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, Inc.

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