are you a veteran?
by Alecia Judd, Consumer Affairs Specialist, IDD, USAF Retired​​

First and foremost, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions wants to say thank you for your service.
You swore or affirmed to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies. Whether you served during a time o​f war or peace, or for 30 days or for 30 years, you volunteered to sacrifice it all for the greater cause. Because of the sacrifice you made, you are entitled to services and benefits.
Sometimes the effects of military service are not just physical. 

Sometimes you may not even be aware of what you are experiencing—you just know that something is different. Sometimes people feel shame in seeking help because there is a perceived stigma for seeking help. Have you withdrawn from friends or family since returning home? Do you have angry bursts of emotions? Are you using drugs and/or alcohol to ease your pain? Are you engaging in risky activities without thinking? Are you feeling hopeless? Do you feel like you want to hurt yourself or someone else? Do you have a plan to hurt yourself or someone else? Do you just want to talk to someone who understands?​

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I want to share with you that there is help, there is
hope –and there is a future for you. Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions has an Access/Crisis line available to you around the clock, seven days a week that is always answered by a licensed clinician. If you are in crisis they are available to help you. To contact them, call 1-800-939-5911.

The Military Crisis Line provides free, confidential support to Veterans and their families from qualified professionals—many of them veterans themselves. The Veterans Crisis Line is open around the clock, seven days a week and veterans can connect via phone or text message. To contact them call 1-800-273-8255 or text to 838255. 

Military Mental Health provides anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments, along with additional resources for family members and loved ones. The web site for this assessment is: http://www.militarymentalhealth.org. If you do not own or have access to a computer or do not have internet service, you can go to your local library to complete the assessment using the library computer.

Always remember, you are not alone.