Oregon National Guard Families Key To Drug Prevention
“How do I help a National Guard member when I don’t know what the problem is?”
“Where does a family member turn when their soldier is in emotional crisis?”
“What is the proper protocol to help an OEF/OIF veteran?”
These are some of the tough questions facing Oregon National Guard families.
The National Guard faces unique challenges in tackling reintegration issues.
Where Soldiers on active duty have access to military health care and the constant support of peers and leaders, National Guard Soldiers spend just one weekend a month with their unit, making it difficult to track changes in behavior and mood. Families serve as a vital link for identifying emotional changes.
How do families get the word, how do they find out what is going on with their Guardsman? The Military Helpline is a confidential resource that can help.
Early detection is the key in helping Soldiers deal with problems – and good communication plays an important role in detecting a problem. Often, family members and friends have pieces of information – things a Soldier has told them or actions they have witnessed – that together paint a clear picture of what a Soldier is going through.
The Yellow Ribbon program provides National Guardsmen and their families with information, services, referrals and proactive outreach opportunities throughout the deployment cycle. These Yellow Ribbon events are scheduled throughout the state and spaced at 30-60-90 intervals. Each soldier is given the information through his unit.
Oregon Partnership’s Military Helpline can furnish the information, resource and referral when needed. Concerned family members are highly encouraged to call (888) HLP-4-VET (888 457-4838) or find us online at www.MilitaryHelpline.org .
We are citizen volunteers here to help Oregon’s citizen soldiers and their families…one phone call at a time.
– David D.