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For Immediate Release

Remembering and Assisting the Military on Veterans Day

Operation Family Caregiver Provides Free Crisis Help to Families of Military

Goldsboro, NC, November 10, 2017

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Kathy Edgerton

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About 736,000 veterans from all military branches live in North Carolina and about 726,000 in Virginia. Addressing PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a priority for veterans professionals and caregivers. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline.

PTSD is a shocking and dangerous event that occurs in someone’s life.  In the military, soldiers are often exposed to horrible and life-threatening experiences.  As a result, some veterans are diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health problems.  The National Center for PTSD reports that 30% of Vietnam Vets are diagnosed with PTSD, and 12% from Desert Storm and Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

At Easterseals UCP, Operation Family Caregiver, a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, offers free and confidential support to caregivers of veterans.  It’s a proven, evidence-based program offering one-on-one guidance through caregiver “coaches” who teach military families the skills they need to overcome unforeseen challenges.  The goal is to help families cope more effectively with problems they never imagined.  Operation Family Caregiver is available in person or via Skype/Zoom.

ofcRichard and Winifred of Wilmington, NC receive coaching and training from Operation Family Caregiver. Richard, a decorated veteran from U.S. Army Reserves, who was stationed in Fort Bragg, served in the Gulf War, and received numerous medals for his service including the Bronze Star.He suffers from dementia, PTSD, and a stroke requiring 24/7 care.Martie Rye, Easterseals UCP Operation Family Caregiver Coach, calls Winifred a superstar for around-the-clock care she provides her husband.


Shawn Seymour, a Kansas City police officer, receives long-distance assistance through Easterseals UCP’s Operation Family Caregiver program for her husband, Bryan, who is retired from the Army.He’s diagnosed with PTSD and TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury.She has taken her experiences and is helping others through a non-profit organization she created to spread awareness and support for caregivers of veterans called Caregivers on the Homefront.

One of the most serious issues facing veterans with disabilities and mental health diagnosis is suicide.  Statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicate that 30 of every 100,000 veterans commit suicide every year.  The Veterans Crisis Line has been established to help veterans and families in crisis.

On this Veterans Day, remember those who have served the United States.  Easterseals UCP is thankful for veterans and is here to help.

Easterseals UCP Resources:

Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT)
Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) is a team-based treatment model that provides multidisciplinary, flexible treatment and support to people with mental illness 24/7. 

Individual Community Supports (ICS)
Individual Community Supports services enable an individual to acquire and maintain skills that will allow them to function with greater independence in the community. 

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment Teams 
Integrated dual diagnosis treatment (IDDT) is an evidence-based model that addresses a person’s substance use in the context of the treatment of their mental illness. 

Supported Employment Services
Employment Services enables people with disabilities to not only earn a sustainable wage but also give back to their communities.

Operation Family Caregiver
Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a program of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. It's a proven, evidence-based program that provides support to the families of newly returning service members and veterans. It is free, confidential, and tailored to each individual family.

Peer Support Services
Peer Support Specialists are people living in recovery with mental illness and / or substance abuse and who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. 

Mobile Crisis
Mobile Crisis provides integrated, short-term crisis response, stabilization and intervention for adults and children experiencing a mental health or chemical dependency crisis. 

NC START Central
The NC START Model provides prevention and intervention services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and complex behavioral health needs through crisis response, training, consultation, and resources. 

VA REACH provide crisis prevention and intervention for adults with an Intellectual Disability and/or Developmental Disability and co-occurring complex behavioral health needs.  

Other Resources:
Veterans Crisis Line
Caregivers on the Homefront
National Center for PTSD
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Easterseals UCP works side-by-side with adults and children who are managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve as a nurse, a therapist, a social worker, a job counselor, a teacher, a psychologist, a caregiver and a compassionate friend all rolled into one. Our purpose is to help neighbors in need achieve better days and live their best possible life.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com

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