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Brandi was a Sergeant in the Illinois National Guard. She did a tour in Iraq and then Afghanistan. She is currently working on a Master in Social Work for Mental Health and wants to work with fellow veterans. The books below appeared in the exhibit case underneath his poster. The exhibit case also included items donated for the exhibit.
Social Work with Military Populations by
Call Number: UB357 .S86 2017
Publication Date: 2016-01-03
A user-friendly approach to practicing social work with military members, veterans, their families, and their communities--complete with case examples from practitioners who have worked extensively with military populations. Social workers with prior knowledge of the military and those who are new to the culture and lifestyle will find Social Work with Military Populations an invaluable resource for working with military members, veterans, their families, and their communities. Designed specifically with these populations in mind, the book helps readers learn and apply existing research-based and emerging material about assessment and intervention as they engage with realistic military social work case and community scenarios in every chapter. Significant attention is focused on helping readers understand military culture, the important/unique roles that social workers play within the military, and the ethical challenges often faced by practitioners in this field. Chapters highlight specific areas of military social work knowledge ranging from assessing suicide, substance abuse, and trauma responses to community practice and helping members and families deal with military deployments, injuries, family maltreatment, and much more.
Veterans' Journeys Home by
Call Number: UB369 .H65 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-30
Veterans' Journeys Home is a vivid portrayal of military life and its aftermath for US troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlighting the challenges US veterans face in today's changing military culture, the book depicts the haunting and visceral memories of returning soldiers, conversations with mental health providers, and offers an alternative approach to healing the emotional wounds of war. For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human costs of recent wars this book is invaluable. It combines a moving narrative with a penetrating analysis of the welfare and post-conflict treatment of veterans.
Women at War by
Call Number: UB369 .W65 2015
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
In the very first text of its kind, Women at War brings together all the available information and experience on Women's health and mental health under one cover to enlighten the practitioners caring for them. 2.5 million US service members have deployed since September 11th, 2001 to the warsin Iraq and Afghanistan; with over 300,000 of these soldiers being women. While the available information on the medical and mental health needs of women in deployment and combat is sparse and hard to find, this new volume brings together the literature that exists on female active duty servicemembers and veterans.Women at War reviews topics such as epidemiology, deployment health, reproductive and genitourinary issues, mothering, sexuality, PTSD and other psychological effects of war, wounds and disability, intimate partner violence, sexual assault and suicide. It provides health care providers with insightthat can help treat and prevent illness in the female military population by bringing together researchers, clinicians and service member experience and knowledge and presents the information in a practical, actionable format. It also highlights areas where data is lacking and more study isdemanded.
Haunted by Combat by
Call Number: RC552.P67 P38 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-16
Since 1990, U.S. Veterans' centers have treated more than 1.6 million PTSD-affected men and women, including an estimated 100,000 from the Gulf War and an untallied total from the Iraq and Afghanistan fronts. The number also includes World War II veterans, because PTSD does not fade easily. Sufferers may experience the traumatic events in flashbacks that may seem as real as when they first occurred. Using firsthand accounts, the authors offer insights into the realities of PTSD and combat trauma, and how symptoms may pervade even the most mundane of daily activities and cause sufferers to experience withdrawal, depression, violence, rage, and even suicide. In a new epilogue, the authors offer data about treatments and resources that both PTSD sufferers and their families and friends will value.
Women Veterans by
Call Number: UB418.W65 B73 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Women's Bureau (WB) as one of its many efforts to help women veterans who are experiencing homelessness find jobs and successfully reintegrate back to civilian life. This guide was created to address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans. The guide is also a compilation of best practices aimed at improving effectiveness in engaging female veterans. Written for service providers, the guide offers observational knowledge, concrete guidelines, and resources for modifying practices aimed at improving reintegration outcomes. Furthermore, it defines the term "homeless veteran", discusses attempts to estimate the number of veterans who are homeless, and presents the results of studies regarding the demographic characteristics of homeless veterans as well as those surveyed as part of HUD's Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Finally, the book summarises research regarding the overrepresentation of both male and female veterans, who have been found to be present in greater percentages in the homeless population than their percentages in the general population.