What is the VA Mission Act?

By Vincent Bindi – First Responder & Family Wellness

As a treatment facility that caters to veterans, it is imperative that we are familiar with the VA Mission Act so that we may provide additional support to our veteran clients.  While veterans in our program maintain weekly contact with their VA representatives, we at TruVida Recovery and Wellness Military Veterans Program are skilled in navigating the appropriate programs for our clients.

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Safe Call Now Saved My Officer’s Life

By Mike Cantaloupe – Chief of Police, Cocoa, FL

I am a firm believer in the Safe Call Now program.  When I was first appointed as Chief of Police, I encountered what I believe to be a Chief’s or administrator’s worst nightmare.  I received a call from another local Chief who stated that one of my officers was threatening to kill himself.  There were several text messages from the officer.  We were able to isolate my officer but then the real nightmare began.  He was able to basically convince my entire command staff that he was fine and that we really needed to let him go home.  I had to literally order one of my Majors to “Baker Act” the officer who by the way is a very close friend of mine.  Yes, that made the situation even worse. He became very aggressive towards me and basically told me he hated my guts and I was ruining his career, not in those exact words.  My friend and my officer was going to die!!!

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Chronic Pain and the First Responder

By Safe Call Now Admin

What is chronic pain? The word “chronos” is actually derived from the Greek word, Chronos, which means, “time” and “year.” According to WebMd.com, chronic pain is a condition that lasts longer than six months.

There are two types of chronic pain. There is malignant chronic pain, which usually is a symptom of cancer, AIDS and other severe illnesses. People who are in the final stages of a terminal illness are often given narcotics, including morphine and methadone to help make them a little more comfortable. Addiction is not as high a priority at this stage of the game. The key is to make the terminally ill client at ease during a difficult time.

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