Update (05/13/2021) A bill summary was added today: This bill establishes the Commission to Study the Stigmatization, Criminalization, and Ongoing Exclusion and Inequity for LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans. The Commission must identify and compile information about the history of military policy regarding homosexuality from 1778 onward, including regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission must hold public … Continue reading Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added
UPDATE 05/12/2021 On 05/10/2021, the VA announced it would be offering COVID-19 vaccinations on a walk-in basis to eligible Veterans, spouses, and caregivers. Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Richard Stone, M.D., said, “VA encourages those who wish to get their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment to check the walk-in hours and requirements at their local facility. Individuals taking advantage of walk-in vaccinations may need … Continue reading VA NorCal Offering Walk-In Vaccinations, J&J on Thursdays
LGBT+ Veterans have an increased risk of suicide. The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. For more information on the VA’s efforts on preventing suicide in the LGBT+ Veteran population, click here. Continue reading Stand Up to Suicide
For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Four, the focus is on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). American Psychological Association (APA) Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) National Center for PTSD VA Mental Health The Weight of Rejection: Linking LGBTQ+ and PTSD (The Recovery Village)People in the LGTBQ+ … Continue reading Week 4: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder #MHM #MHAM
For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Three, the focus is on Depression. American Psychological Association (APA) Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) VA Mental Health Depression in the LGBT Population (Healthline)Depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and LGBT youths are more … Continue reading Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM
Today is Armed Forces Day, a time for our nation to come together and express our appreciation for those who are currently serving in defense of the country. Armed Forces Day was established to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force Days into a single-day celebration in 1949. Every year, the President issues a proclamation for Armed Forces Day, you can read 2021’s … Continue reading Happy Armed Forces Day!
For each of Mental Health Month, the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week Two, the focus is on Bipolar Disorder. Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) VA Mental Health Gay and bipolar disorder: What to know (Medical News Today)Gay people may be more likely to experience difficulties with their mental health. This is mainly … Continue reading Week 2: Bipolar Disorder #MHM #MHAM
National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is a weeklong health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). Continue reading It is National Women’s Health Week