From a provider's prespective: Why all human service providers serving veterns need military culture competency training

I want to be clear: you don’t have to be a veteran in order to effectively serve veterans. However, as a service provider who claims to serve the military connected population, it is crucial to have an understanding of military culture and have the knowledge to effectively build rapport and trust with a veteran or family member who has sought your support and expertise

PsychArmor Institute Expands the School for Military and Veteran Caregivers and Families Program

Psych Armor Institute (PAI) is pleased to announce the addition of 15 new, online courses to the “School for Military and Veteran Caregivers and Families” sponsored by USAA.. These integral additions to the course suite are made available on an anytime, anywhere basis, free to all through the PAI learning portal at, thanks to the generous sponsorship of USAA. 

Can You Talk the Talk? PsychArmor is Here to Help

With the stroke of his pen, President Barrack Obama removed many of the barriers to entry for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) in California seeking opportunities with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.  Legal hurdles now clear, clinicians face another obstacle – bridging the gap in experience, language and culture while serving those who served.

VA Announces Several Caregiver Partnerships

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several new and expanded partnerships to support the VA Caregiver Support Program. The VA Caregiver Support Program supports the-often unsung heroes of wounded or ill Veterans – the ones who take care of them. Announcement of the partnerships, made during a summit co-hosted by VA and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The daylong event, Empowering Hidden Heroes: Pathways to InnoVAtion, attracted 400 leaders from government, the non-profit sector, private industry, academic and stakeholders from the Veteran and caregiver community. 

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USAA and PsychArmor Institute Deliver First-of-its-Kind Online Education Program for Military and Veteran Caregivers and Families

USAA and PsychArmor Institute today unveiled a first-of-its-kind online “School for Military and Veteran Caregivers and Families.” This educational and proactive support program provides free educational content for military and veteran caregivers, who consist of family and friends who voluntarily care for wounded, ill or injured military service members or veterans.

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VA Desert Pacific Health Care Network Announces Partnership to Offer Online Training Program for Veterans Choice Program Providers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Desert Pacific Health Care Network, Center for Deployment Psychology, PsychArmor Institute and TriWest Healthcare Alliance today announced the launch of Operation Treat a Veteran (OTaV); a free, online training program available to TriWest Healthcare Alliance’s community-based, network of over 180,000 health care providers, who would like to learn more about treating Veterans while increasing their opportunities to receive referrals for health services through the Veterans Choice Program.

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PsychArmor Institute, the only national institute of its kind, dedicated to bridging the civilian-military divide through free online education, has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation to establish the Bob Woodruff Foundation School for Volunteers. The funds will be used to build a suite of free online courses for volunteers who service the military and veteran communities.

Financial Education for Caregivers

The Military Officers Association of America, USAA, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the PsychArmor Institute are pleased to announce a new program to provide military caregivers access to USAA financial advisors who can assist in making important financial decisions.