FREE GROCERIES FOR THOSE IN NEED

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a distribution of free, surplus federal food on Tuesday, June 16, at Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, 65336 Winters Road in north Joshua Tree from 9 to 11 a.m. Because of the coronavirus, people are sked to stay in their vehicles and a box or bag of commodities will be placed in each vehicle by volunteers. The Community Center building will be closed. The use of masks is required. As always, food recipients must self-certify that they are low-income and in need of food assistance in order to receive food.

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR FOR MILITARY VETERANS

VIRTUAL JOB FAIR FOR MILITARY VETERANS

The Disabled American Veterans organization is sponsoring a virtual job fair for military veterans. Rebecca Havely has more information…

The Southern California Virtual Career Fair for Veterans is designed to connect employers with skilled veterans, military spouses, transitioning service members, reservists, and members of the National Guard. The virtual job fair will offer real-time engagement and one-on-one interactions with company representatives in a virtual setting. The virtual job fair is set for Thursday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See links below to register and see which companies are participating.

https://recruitmilitary.careereco.com/Fair/UpcomingFairs#1

https://tinyurl.com/SOCAL-JOB-FAIR

“CAN I BRING MY DOG?” – PART THREE IN A SERIES: EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS

“CAN I BRING MY DOG?” – PART THREE IN A SERIES: EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS

If you struggle in life with certain emotional challenges, you can legally qualify for an ESA, an emotional support animal. Though ESAs can be anything from a duck to a hedgehog to a peacock, the great majority of ESAs are dogs. Reporter Heather Clisby clarifies what makes a dog an emotional support dog…

If you suffer with a diagnosed emotional disability, an emotional service dog may be preferable to taking more pills. To qualify, a pet owner must be certified as “emotionally disabled” by a psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional.

ESAs can help those with Attention Deficit Disorder, autism, gender identity, PTSD, mental retardation, and disorders relating to learning, tics, sexuality, motor skills, bipolar, cognitive abilities and substance abuse.

While ESAs provide comfort, they require no special training and thus, unlike service dogs, are not protected by Federal law. However, tenants do have more leeway with keeping ESAs at home, even in a unit with a “no pets” policy.

But again, fakery persists. The National Service Animal Registry, just one of several for-profit companies that peddle official-looking vests and easily-obtained certificates, had 2,400 registered animals in 2011. Today, they have 200,000. Currently, 24 state legislatures have passed laws to confront the problem of fraudulent ESAs.

Bottom line, most humans struggle with emotional challenges, and any animal can be an ESA, but owners might consider the anxiety of others before trotting out the fake vest.

JUNE IS PTSD AWARENESS MONTH

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month. About eight million people in the United States suffer from PTSD. Rebecca Havely has more about help available for people with PTSD…

Many service members return home from combat tours with wounds that cannot be seen. But service members aren’t the only ones with PTSD; it can also affect survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events. A person with PTSD often relives the traumatic experience through nightmares and flashbacks, has difficulty sleeping, and feels detached or estranged. The goal of PTSD Awareness Month is to spread awareness about PTSD symptoms and effects and to encourage discussions about diagnosis, treatment, and care for those suffering from the effects of trauma. Having access to treatments can help people with PTSD lead a better quality of life. Help is available for those who believe they have PTSD. To learn more, see  the links below.

https://youth.gov/feature-article/posttraumatic-stress-disorder-awareness-month

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp

Help is available for veterans who believe they have PTSD, but they must first have a medical diagnosis, and then a confirmation by a Veterans Affairs hospital. To talk with a counselor 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 800-273-8255, or text 838255.