November 7, 2008
TO THE PEOPLE OF ALABAMA
Alabama has a proud history of military service. When the Nation calls, Alabamians will always stand up and step forward to respond to threats to our freedom and way of life. This Global War on Terror is no different. Since September 11, 2001, well over 13,000 Alabama National Guard service members have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. We owe all of our service members a significant debt of gratitude for their commitment and dedication. Alabama pledges its support to them and their families as they readjust to civilian life.
Unfortunately, this war, like all wars, has resulted in considerable mental health stress for some our returning heroes and for their families. Reports of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues are increasing among our returning troops, which in turn negatively affects their entire families.
To assist our returning troops and their families, the Alabama Returning Veterans Committee developed the Reintegration Action Plan (RAP), which is designed to ease the transition of veterans and family members from active duty to civilian life. Strategies are included to facilitate successful transition, along with a resource guide for obtaining professional assistance. To view or request a hard copy of the RAP, along with additional resource information, please contact the Returning Veterans Committee's website at: www.alabamareturningveterans.org.
RAP is a collaborative effort of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Alabama Psycological Association, Operation Grateful Heart, Still Serving Veterans, the Veterans Administration, and other organizations providing services to veterans and their families. We stand ready to support our veterans and family members in the post-deployment transition. Welcome Home!