A new survey of veterans shows that the greatest issues facing newly discharged vets are physical and mental health problems rather than jobs or personal relationships. The survey was conducted by researchers at the VA National Center for PTSD and other locations and encompassed nearly 10,000 veterans in the first year following their discharge.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates as many as 20% of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are suffering from PTSD. Operation Rubix offers a variety of services to help veterans with PTSD and other issues, but since “one size” does not fit all, some veterans may be better suited for alternative assistance such as a service dog.

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What to Expect in Therapy

The idea of beginning therapy can be extremely daunting, especially when it comes to your very first visit. Many worry that a certain stigma is attached to those who need therapy – that they can’t handle their responsibilities or are too weak to deal with their emotions on their own. In reality, knowing you need help and taking a step towards working on improving yourself is a sign of great strength. We want to help you feel as prepared and comfortable as possible before your first session so that you’ll know what to expect.

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There are many mental health therapies available for veterans suffering from PTSD and other issues, but a lot of them are not totally effective. The Veterans Administration estimates that somewhere between 10-20 percent of veterans returning from active duty will suffer PTSD. It is also estimated that about 20 veterans are committing suicide each day due to their mental health issues. Operation Rubix is determined to give veterans in the greater Sarasota Florida area access to a network of mental and physical health support for them and their families who also suffer from the effects of mental trauma.

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Three Myths About Free Military Mental Health Help

If you are a military veteran you may be eligible for non-medical therapy. However, there are myths about the availability of mental health care that should be addressed. So, let’s review three common myths about getting mental health assistance. As always, you can contact Operation Rubix at 941-777-8387 for more information on these and other services we can provide.

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