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Help Us Help Them
“Them” being the Veterans and the Researchers dedicated to improving the lives of those who have served. We want to provide more resources and information for Veterans and highlight the amazing research done to help them with problems from alcohol abuse to traumatic brain injury (TBI). We need to change our website to do this. Please help us with the cost of the site renovation and expansion so we can improve the support we give our Veterans and the research that is being done to help them.
There are many ways IMR supports research to improve the quality of life for Veterans. A few examples are:
1. Development of mobile health interventions to reach Veterans who smoke and have problems with alcohol. This project integrates smart phone technology with behavioral interventions and phone counseling so that Veterans who are in need of help can access state-of-the-science treatment. This treatment is aimed at Veterans who do not have the time or transportation to allow them to come to the hospital. It can also be useful for Veterans who are able to attend clinics, but need support for more than one hour per week to beat their addictions.
Gerofit is a model of care that promotes the health and well-being of older veterans. Check out Stories from Gerofit a video where four veterans, from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam describe their war experiences and how Gerofit became a place of healing and health enhancement.
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3. Evaluation of non-pharmacologic treatments for post deployment mental health. These are therapies that are developed to help Veterans overcome deployment-related mental health problems.
Since combat can lead to “psychological injury” in combatants there is a strong need for treatments to address the complex array of problems that follow combat engagement. Non-pharmacologic treatments are of particular interest as these are preferred by many veterans and military personnel. An example of one of these treatments which is being evaluated is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is a psychotherapeutic approach that holds promise for this group.
Your help will allow us to continue to support projects like these and many others to improve the lives of Veterans. Please help us help them.