Donations Solicited: One Hour for ID Vets
Monday, November 3, 2008
Support our troops, one hour at a time. Idaho mental health professionals are doing just that in their offices and by phone, donating an hour a week to soldiers, veterans and their families.
The idea came from Give an Hour, founded in 2005 by Barbara Romberg, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area.
Romberg explains that some soldiers and veterans are at risk of substance abuse if they don't get help understanding how their brains process information and experiences. Learning that can take some people years.
"They don't know what's going on, they don't understand, they don't feel like themselves, it's uncomfortable, it's scary. They'll find things that they can to use to cope."
The lack of mental health assistance for veterans has been well documented, according to Romberg. Although the Veterans Health Administration has made improvements, she says care can still be scarce, especially in rural areas.
Families are encouraged to ask for help, too, Romberg adds.
"Families may need help coping with the stress and the strain and the anxiety when their loved one is deployed, or with difficulties when that person comes home and the re-integration."
She says the "Give an Hour" network is designed to catch those who fall through the cracks because of money, paperwork issues, or location. Those looking for help can go to
get more stories like this via email
LANSING, Mich. - High utility costs are a major burden for Michigan's low-income residents, and a new study says they have an impact on their health…
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new report shows an effort by investor-owned utilities in the Sunshine State to block the growth of rooftop solar. The …
Health and Wellness
By Troy Pierson / Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration. As marijuana becomes more …
SALT LAKE CITY - With rising numbers of people targeted in hate crimes and related violence, a new report analyzes the hate-crime laws in each state…
BOSTON - Educators' unions are calling on the state to support their efforts to ensure in-person learning in the fall keeps students, teachers…
HARTFORD, Conn. - In Connecticut, more than 460,000 people care for close friends or family members who can't manage on their own - and their …
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Millions of Americans soon could find eviction notices on their front doors, but New Mexico renters will not be among them - as …
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- With many Virginians still experiencing pandemic-related unemployment, students at a state community college were able to get …