SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED: Addressing Mental Health Issues of Veterans, Service Members and their Families

Continuing Education for Health and Mental Health Care Providers Civilian medical and mental health care providers are filling an important gap in serving the needs of returning combat veterans and their families. Be one of them!

The Connecticut AHEC Network is sponsoring Serving Those Who Served, a series of continuing education sessions for civilian primary care providers, mental health care providers, and others such as clergy and emergency first responders.

Since September 11, 2001, 6,784 active duty military and 5,774 reservists from Connecticut were deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With Operation New Dawn, military personnel are finally returning home.  The majority of service members and their families will seek health and mental health care in the civilian sector. 

Serving Those Who Served is a continuing education program that trains civilian providers in military culture, post deployment issues that most service members and their families will experience, and the assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Injury (Disorder) and Traumatic Brain Injury.  

Read the press release! Click Here!

The War Within
The War Within Database allows service members and their families to search for local civilian health providers who understand the challenges of deployment related issues such as post-traumatic stress injury, traumatic brain injury, depression, substance abuse disorder and suicide. 
Join the growing list of health professionals registered on this unique resource by going to and click on the “For Health Providers” tab.

Learning Objectives-
Program outcomes

Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to…

  1. Describe and explain military culture as an outreach strategy to engage service members and their families in clinical settings
  2. Translate current knowledge of psychological and physiological trauma in a combat/military context.
  3. Create and maintain a therapeutic alliance with combat veterans and their families from assessment through treatment.
  4. Identify existing programs available for veterans and family members through the Veterans Administration and local Vet Centers.

Program Outcomes: Participants will…

  1. Know something about our military history and present military conflicts to establish credibility
  2. Know something about the Service Branches and respect the differences
  3. Ask each patient if he/she is a service member or family member of…
  4. Know something about the VA and refer/coordinate care for your patients
  5. Register with the War Within Database(Licensed professionals)

For a schedule of training dates and locations click here (coming soon)
To host a training program contact Patricia Harrity (

Continuing Education Credits are available
Training Materials (click here)

To access Citizen Soldier Support Program online mental health training programs click here:

Information / Links

VA PTSD Consultation Program-for Providers Who Treat Veterans

Who can contact us? Any provider treating Veterans with PTSD.
Who are the consultants? Experts at the National Center for PTSD including psychologists, social workers, physicians, and pharmacists.
(866) 948-7880 or

Click here to view one page flyer

THE CONSULTATION PROGRAM does not provide emergency services. For emergencies, please follow the protocol at your facility or contact 911 or the Veterans Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255, then press “1”.
TriCare Military Insurance

To learn more about TriCare, the military health insurance program, including how to enroll as a provider, click on the provider enrollment link

CT AHEC Network is partnering with the National AHEC Organization and the Citizen Soldier Support Program to ensure that our veterans, service members and their families receive the health care and mental health services they deserve

Resources (links)    — Brain Injury Association of America    — Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center    — Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide  — National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury  — Americas Heroes at Work    — VA website for PTSD   — Military One Source    — CT Department of Veterans’ Affairs  — United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs   — National Military Family Association

National AHEC Organization              Citizen Soldier Support Program