10/06/2017 at 9:54amTMF Puts Veteran Artists on the Map at SF FleetWeek
10/06/2017 at 9:54amTMF Puts Veteran Artists on the Map at SF FleetWeek
10/02/2017 at 10:46amCoping in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Over the course of the last few weeks, reports of mass violence and shootings have plagued the news. Although people are resilient and often bounce back after difficult times, these events nearly always interrupt our sense of order and safety. The impact often extends to individuals who live far outside of the affected area with no personal connections to the event. This is especially true when the event is human-caused with the intent of harming others. Even counselors with advanced training can become overwhelmed by the intensity of these tragic events. In the aftermath of recent shootings, ACA would like to provide some tips and resources for counselors and those they serve:
Here are some resources counselors can use to find out more about coping with mass violence:
ACA Disaster Mental Health Resources: http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/trauma-disaster
ACA has numerous disaster mental health resources which help familiarize counselors with some of the skills needed for working with survivors. Some useful fact sheets for crisis and disaster response:
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder:
Impact of mass shootings on survivors, families and communities: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/newsletters/research-quarterly/V18N3.pdf
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
Coping with Mass Violence and Shooting: http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/
Stephanie F. Dailey, Ed.D.
Source: American Counseling Association
09/30/2017 at 3:54pmMeet Tug's Fall Team Ya Gotta Believe!
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09/15/2017 at 5:35pmReserve Your Free Ticket For Field of Dreams & The Uni Reveal
2017 Fall Schedule
Sep 29, 2017
5:00 PM Movie Night and 1915 Uniform Reveal
Oct 06, 2017
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team
Oct 13, 2017
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team
Oct 20, 2017
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team
Oct 27, 2017
Veteran's Home 1915 Vintage Team
09/05/2017 at 6:39pmLittle Hoover Commission Makes Recommendations for VHCY
In this report, the Commission calls for calls for bold and innovative approaches to transform the historic 615-acre campus in the heart of Napa Valley to better meet the changing needs of veterans statewide. This report builds on recommendations the Commission made in its 2016 report, A New Approach to California's Veterans Homes, in which the Commission identified critical infrastructures issues on the historic Yountville veterans home that pose a public safety risk to residents and others.
This update report acknowledges efforts by the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to address some of these issues, particularly to fix the faulty elevators. However, despite repairs, the problems persist. The report calls for CalVet to develop ongoing and proactive strategies to monitor and repair structural problems immediately as they arise, while at the same time evaluating and re-configuring, as necessary, its homes program to ensure that the levels of care offered meet the needs of California’s veterans population.
The Commission recommends that California establish an independent entity to plan, design and manage the use of the Yountville property, beyond the current veterans home program. New uses could include affordable housing for veterans home employees and others, park space for residents and visitors, modernized office space in formerly underutilized buildings and a hotel and restaurants to serve the community while providing jobs for returning veterans. Though the Commission recommends the property should maintain a strong veterans focus, state law should be adapted to expand the use of the campus to allow long-term leasing agreements that generate revenue to be used for other veterans services across the state.
SOURCE: California Little Hoover Commission
08/31/2017 at 11:00amHow To Get Help After Harvey
Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation's fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.
Rescue and evacuation
Shelter and relief
Click here, for full list of resrouces and how to give
SOURCE: Texas Tribune by Alex Samuels and Emma Platoff
08/04/2017 at 7:30pmTMF Announces Vintage League for Veterans and Community
On Monday, August 7th, The Tug McGraw Foundation announced their Mixed Nutts Fall Ball Schedule but with a twist! Veteran residents and the home's veteran baseball team learned they are getting a new uniform for the fall season. A replica of the home's original 1915 uniform. Yes, they are turning back time and going vintage all the way...jersey, hat, belt and all the bells that go with it. The Tug McGraw Foundation will not only provide vintage uniforms for the home team but for the community partners that come out to play against the Veteran's Home Team. Visitors uniforms will be replicas of the 1915 era as well. However, that too has a twist. It will bear the original team name that Cleve Borman had intended to call his team. The vintage uniforms will be revealed including Cleve's original name on Friday, September 22 at Borman Field for an evening at the "Field of Dreams."
Turning Back Time 2017 BASE BALL SCHEDULE
September 22 @ 5pm (Kick-Off Party) Arrival of Uniforms, dinner, and a movie (Field of Dreams)
September 29 @ 5pm (Hat Day)
October 6 @ 5pm (A Surprise Day)
October 13 @ 5pm (Jelly Belly Day)
October 20 @ 5pm (Sock Day)
October 27 @ 5pm (Season Closer)
If You have Love for the Game and for Our Veterans... We Will Suit You UP
If you have a nine member team that would like to go back in time to 1915 and play with us this fall. Please contact us at 707-947-7124 or by email at email@example.com. To learn more about the program visit www.tugmcgraw.rog
07/25/2017 at 2:07pmStudy: CTE Found In Nearly All Donated NFL Player Brains
As the country starts to get back into its most popular professional team sport, there is a reminder of how dangerous football can be.
An updated study published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association on football players and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy reveals a striking result among NFL players.
The study examined the brains of deceased former football players (CTE can only be diagnosed after death) and found that 110 out of 111 brains of those who played in the NFL had CTE.
CTE has been linked to repeated blows to the head — the 2015 movie Concussion chronicled the discovery of CTE's connection to football.
In the study, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased former football players at all levels. Nearly 88 percent of all the brains, 177, had CTE. Three of 14 who had played only in high school had CTE, 48 of 53 college players, 9 of 14 semiprofessional players, and 7 of 8 Canadian Football League players. CTE was not found in the brains of two who played football before high school.
According to the study's senior author, Dr. Ann McKee, "this is by far the largest [study] of individuals who developed CTE that has ever been described. And it only includes individuals who are exposed to head trauma by participation in football."
The fact that we were able to gather this many cases [in that time frame] says this disease is much more common than we previously realized. A CTE study several years ago by McKee and her colleagues included football players and athletes from other collision sports such as hockey, soccer and rugby. It also examined the brains of military veterans who had suffered head injuries.
The study released Tuesday is the continuation of a study that began eight years ago. In 2015, McKee and fellow researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University published study results revealing 87 of 91 former NFL players had CTE.
McKee is chief of neuropathology at VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at the BU School of Medicine. Speaking about the new numbers, she says it's "startling to be able to gather 177 examples of CTE" in a relatively short period of time (the past eight years).
"While we still don't know what the incidence is in the general population or in the general population of football players," she says, "the fact that we were able to gather this many cases [in that time frame] says this disease is much more common than we previously realized."
McKee cautions, however, that researchers cannot extrapolate from the numbers and come to conclusions about CTE. All the brains studied were donated, she says. "Families don't donate brains of their loved ones unless they're concerned about the person. So all the players in this study, on some level, were symptomatic. That leaves you with a very skewed population."
Still, McKee is adamant about one point. "We're seeing this [CTE] in a very large number that participated in football for many years. So while we don't know the exact risk and we don't know the exact number, we know this is a problem in football."
Longtime concussion expert Dr. Munro Cullum says the study is helpful for several reasons. "It obviously adds to the cases in the literature," he says. "It has expanded the age range [of those with CTE] beyond just retired NFL players. And [researchers] did find increasing CTE pathology in the cases [of players] who were older. That's all useful information."
But Cullum, a neuropsychologist with the O'Donnell Brain Institute at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who has studied concussions at all levels of sport for nearly three decades, says it's still too soon to definitively declare CTE a problem in football.
"It seems to be, perhaps, more common in people who play football," he says, "but we don't know why. We actually don't know what the causative factors are or the risk factors [for CTE]. There still are probably yet to be discovered genetic and environmental factors that could be contributing as well."
Cullum notes all the attention is on football right now.
"It depends on where you're shining the light," he says. "We have to be very careful. If all I study is condition x or y, and I find that in the sample that I'm sent, what about the 99 percent of all the other samples?"
Cullum and McKee agree on one thing: There has to be additional studies and more money for research. "We need a very well-constructed longitudinal study," says McKee, "looking at young individuals playing these sports. We need to follow them for decades. We need to take measurements throughout their lives and playing careers so we can begin to detect when things start to go wrong. If we can detect early changes, that's when we could really make a difference." McKee says researchers need tens of millions of dollars, even $100 million, to conduct the necessary research. "We need a lot of funding," she says, noting that the researchers are working with a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke that ends in December. "It's always tricky for us to get funding."
She has submitted applications for funding into next year, she says, but she is not sure they will be granted. "There's so much discussion of this disease not existing that funding agencies are reluctant to consider this a real neuro-degenerative disease. "But I think we've proven beyond a doubt this is."
And the attention should extend beyond football, McKee adds. "I think any sports organization that has participants that are exposed to head trauma needs to endorse this research and support it." The organization on the CTE hot seat, the NFL, says it has done so. In a statement provided to NPR, the NFL said it values what McKee is doing and is committed to supporting CTE research: "We appreciate the work done by Dr. McKee and her colleagues for the value it adds in the ongoing quest for a better understanding of CTE. Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma. The medical and scientific communities will benefit from this publication and the NFL will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL athletes. As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE. The NFL is committed to supporting scientific research into CTE and advancing progress in the prevention and treatment of head injuries."
The statement continues, "In 2016, the NFL pledged $100 million in support for independent medical research and engineering advancements in neuroscience related topics. This is in addition to the $100 million that the NFL and its partners are already spending on medical and neuroscience research." But McKee is skeptical of the NFL's promises to fund research. "I will be extremely surprised if any of the 100 or 200 million comes my way," she said in response to the league's statement. "The NFL directs funding only to research they approve of."
The NFL has funded a portion of her past research, but in McKee's view, there will be "no continued NFL support" because "the results are considered too damaging."
Despite the NFL's statement supporting McKee, the league wasn't always a willing partner of CTE research. Many accused the NFL of denying, or even covering up, the link between football-related head injury and brain disease. As part of a massive concussion lawsuit settlement with thousands of former NFL players, reached in 2013, the league didn't have to acknowledge any wrongdoing.
But the NFL has responded to the concussion issue, instituting new policies and enforcing existing rules to better protect players.The moves to protect football players are important, says Cullum, despite the uncertainties still surrounding CTE and concussions. "Obviously any brain injury is not good," he says. "But right now, we don't know how many concussions are too many or for whom." McKee anticipates her study will become part of the ongoing discussion about football's future and whether young people should play the game.
"I'm worried about these numbers steering the conversation in that these numbers are of a very biased brain donation research," she says. "But the fact that we found [CTE in 177 players] is cause for concern." "While I'm not willing to say football is doomed and I also am unwilling to make a decision [on a young person playing football] for other individuals ... I think there's a risk to playing football," she adds.
McKee says she does suspect the "longer and higher" the level a player goes, the more likely it is that player gets CTE, but reiterates that more research is needed "to really come up with the answers."
07/06/2017 at 1:04pmCracking The Code In the Gym with Unconventional (Ret) Forces
Cracking the Code in the Gym with Unconventional Forces (Ret) experts. Tug McGraw exercised throughout his chemo treatments to help improve his short-term memory loss from chemo and radiation fog. Equally important he wanted to keep his body strong and his spirit up. So what does exercise do for those with TBI and PTS? Research shows us that we can have cognitive improvement through exercise, diet, and nutrition. During the month of July, TMF will be spending time with Virginia High Performance's No Fail Mission Program. A peer to peer program for Speical Operation Forces and their support teams. We will be updating our visit on program facebook,twitter,and Instgram.
07/03/2017 at 3:06pmYa Gotta Believe in the Magic of Disney and Others
Reflecting on our week with American Airlines, Envoy, Airpower Foundation, Gary Sinise Foundation, Disney Heroes, Tug McGraw Foundation and the USO-Metro. Together we created memories for 17 families who have a parent serving in the military with a cancer diagnosis and or a spouse. Ya Gotta Believe when you meet a little boy named Tugger who offers up his autograph and lets you know he is available if Tim would like to meet with him. Ya Gotta Believe when you meet an Army soldier dgn with a brain tumor and the back of his shirt says believe. Ya Gotta Believe when a Marine dgn with a brain tumor tears up and says, "Tug was one of my favorite players." Ya Gotta Believe when one of the Disney artists goes backstage to learn the song Live Like You Were Dying for a music request. Just because it was important. Ya Gotta Believe in the power of working together with others to help improve the quality of life for others. WE BELIEVE.
06/27/2017 at 3:12pmLearn, Share, and Connect on PTSD
A mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, or disaster. Click Here, to learn more from the NIH on symptoms and treatments..
06/26/2017 at 9:56amGame Day Today! One Rule The Mixed Nutts Always Win!
Come out and Watch The Tug McGraw Foundation and CalVet's zaniest softball team today at 4:00pm. The Mission of the Game, to Bridge Veterans and Community through America's favorite Pastime. Click Here to learn more about this incredible team who's ages range from 62 to 93.
06/19/2017 at 10:47amWhy Thursday's Meeting is Important for the Future VHCYountville
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Little Hoover Commission will conduct a public hearingon the Veterans Home of California, Yountville. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437of the State Capitol in Sacramento.The Commission will hear from Dr. Vito Imbasciani, Secretary of the CaliforniaDepartment of Veterans Affairs, who will describe his plans for the Yountville veterans homecampus. Next, the former executive director of the Presidio Trust will share lessons from hisexperiences transforming San Francisco’s Presidio using public-private partnerships. TheCommission also will hear from the senior advisor to the Chancellor of University of California,Merced, who will share lessons learned through the UC Merced 2020 Project.
The Commissionthen will hear from a resident of the Yountville home, as well as a couple members of the home’sAllied Council who will share their experiences as residents of the campus and discuss ideas forimprovements. Next, Yountville Mayor John Dunbar will discuss the local impact of possiblechanges to the veterans home campus. Two representatives from the Department of GeneralServices will discuss the department’s role in managing leases on the Yountville veterans homecampus and describe the process to establish new leases on the property.
Finally, theCommission will hear from the California Department of Developmental Services, who willdescribe the department’s process to close the state’s developmental centers which, like theveterans homes, offer long-term care for certain Californians.There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the hearing. Publiccomments will be limited to three minutes per person. The Commission also encourages writtencomments.Immediately following the hearing, the Commission will hold a business meeting inroom 175 of 925 L Street in Sacramento.
If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact CommissionExecutive Director Carole D’Elia at (916) 445-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, June 15, 2017.
05/28/2017 at 12:28amIn a Town Known For Its Culinary...The Unexpected On This Memorial Day Weekend
We often think of the Town of Yountville as the Ulitmate Destination Place for Good Eats. However, what you might not know, is the town was incorporated because of a unique community. This Memorial Day,
The Tug McGraw Foundation honors those that "Gave It Their All." Please take a moment to watch a community in action as they come to pay thier respects to the 6000 men and women who are laid to rest at the
Veterans Home of California, Yountville. A place The Tug McGraw Foundation is honored to work from each and everyday.
On Saturday, May 27, 2017, Eagle Scouts, Community, Residents, and Staff placed over 6000 flags at the Veterans Home of California, Yountville
Click here, to view this beautiful site in action
02/22/2017 at 1:01pmPART 1 of 3: An Intergenerational Day with An Admiral, A SEAL and an Angel
Yountville-Residents of the Veterans Home of Yountville, California received a bit of surprise last Friday- three very special visitors from Washington DC and Virginia Beach.
Ret. Admiral James Winnefeld, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Mrs. Mary Winnefeld together with human performance expert Alex, owner of Virginia High Performance paid a visit to the veterans home while visiting the Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF) for their Walking With Leaders Discussions.
Jennifer Brusstar, CEO of TMF, said: “One of our greatest strengths as a charity is our ability to connect people and share resources. These individuals are incredible avocates for military healthcare providing an intergenerational experience for the home, staff and community that shares their knowledge is in Tug's words, a homerun.”
Photo: Admiral Winnefeld, Mary Winnefeld met by Home vet and TMF Mixed Nutt player, John Lew.
The day started bright and early at 0730 with a community Intergenerational Breakfast Talk at the Home's main dining room with leadership from the community and the Napa Valley College Baseball Team (NVCB). Upon arrival, Yountville's, Mayor John Dunbar, the Home's director, Don Veverka, Home resident and TMF’s Mixed Nutts player John Lew greeted the special guests. Photo: Jim Treadway and Bob Hurley
Throughout breakfast, the Winnefelds, the baseball players, and Alex rotated tables visiting with senior veterans and the dining room staff. One very special moment was when Jennifer was pulled aside from a home member and in a very shy voice whispered, " Do you think the Admiral would say hello to me? I'm a WW II vet." She smiled and said, "That's what he's here for…to see you!"
The Admiral immediately came over pulled him aside and a very special conversation was had. Photo: Admiral and WW II Residents and below the Vet that asked to say hello!
Tug McGraw's teammate from the Phillies and Baseball Coach for NVCB, Warren Brusstar, said: "Having the opportunity for our team to have breakfast and engage in conversations with the vets gives them a deeper understanding in why we get to play baseball everyday, it’s because of their sacrifices.”
After breakfast and with excitement the baseball team, the vets, locals Jim Treadway, Bob Hurley and Tug's cousin Frank Henderson huddled together much like a sports team would to hear Alex speak. Not just an expert in enhancing physical and mental performance but a Navy SEAL who helped develop the Human Performance Program to increase physical, mental and sleep performance within Naval Special Warfare. After being with the Teams for 21 years, Alex has taken his expertise and continues to pay it forward with his "No Fail Mission" program. A program designed to help recovering vets get back in shape or get past any limitations they may have sustained in combat.
The Intergenerational Breakfast talks were doing exactly what TMF hoped it would. Be a social vehicle that offers younger and older generations the opportunities to interact and become engaged.
The chairs in the room drew closer and closer as Alex spoke about physical performance and the importance in having good character. Drawing them in one by one. Then the element of surprise happened, Alex turned the tables on the baseball team and threw out a dagger of a challenge to them. “I’ve toured this campus and there is a bowling alley here. I think you green horns need to come out and bowl with the vets here. Get to know them and share stories." Smiles broke out and instantly young voices, were saying, "yes, when can we start?" Photo: Alex and Lorelie Magalong, Food Service Supervisor
Mission accomplished, the baseball team is creating a league of their own, Alex's Green Horn Bowlers. First baseman, Kurtis Bluford and TMF are in conversations with the Home in developing an Intergenerational Bowling League that will meet 2x a month.
Photo: Back Row: Jim Treadway, Coach Parker, Admiral Winnefeld, Jack Brusstar, Alex, NVC College Team, Warren Brusstar, Frank Henderson
The Tug Mcgraw Foundation is helping to support Alex's program by providing travel for a veteran's family member or support person while he/she is attending his No Fail Mission Program. The vets support system plays an important role in continued recovery. Having a support member in attendance for the last week of the program helps bridge, strengthens, and reinforces the good work that has been accomplished and a foundation to carry it on.
Coming Up Next Week Part 2: The Admiral and the Angel
Tug McGraw Foundation's One Seat Today To Further Tomorrow Program: provides travel on American Airlines for healthcare providers and students to grab a seat at various conferences with leading experts addressing the most relevant, cutting edge, education and practices on brain-related trauma and tumors. Our goal is to maximize collaboration opportunities and to further education for Healthcare Providers, students and individuals engaged in sustaining and advancing evidence based treatments for civilians, veterans, military personal, and their families that are affected by brain-related trauma and or tumors.