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Please feel free to contact me (Mark D Worthen PsyD) if you have any questions.
This is NOT a VA Website
Disclaimer: Nothing on this website should be construed to represent the views or opinions of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government.
This is not a VA website. The Department of Veterans Affairs website is:
http://www.VA.gov (Note that you must include the ‘www’ if you type the address into your browser.)
Nothing against the VA website, of course. In fact, the VA has been upgrading their website and it is much better than it used to be.
Here are some links to information of interest to Veterans and their families on the VA website:
The Veterans Benefits Administration website provides abundant, very helpful, and well-organized information about all types of benefits available to veterans of the United States armed forces: www.Benefits.VA.gov
VA Health Care
Most U.S. military veterans are eligible for free or low-cost health care at VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics: www.VA.gov/health
Vet Centers are part of the VA, but they are located separately from the VA medical centers and outpatient clinics. Vet Centers provide free readjustment counseling for combat veterans, MST survivors, and their family members: www.VetCenter.VA.gov
As you probably have noticed, this website (PTSDexams.com) does not contain any advertising. Intrusive advertising on websites annoys the heck out of me. I figure you don’t like it either.
At the same time, maintaining a website takes a lot of time, and more money than most people expect. It costs me $147.68 every month to keep this site up and running smoothly. Since 2014, I have provided information here as a community service, i.e., I don’t make any money for the information I provide on PTSDexams.com.
When I told a friend of mine, a very successful small business consultant, about this site and my “community service, no ads, no affiliate links” tradition, he replied, “What? Are you nuts?” After I said, with a wry smile, “Well some people think so…”, he laughed, and said, “But seriously, you’re going to end up abandoning the site because you can’t afford doing free work for so many hours every month. I’ve seen it happen to well-intentioned people over and over again. Plus, don’t you value your time? Don’t you value the expertise that you worked so hard to develop? If you do, there’s nothing wrong with asking appreciative website visitors for a little help with the cost.”
My friend has never given me bad advice. In fact, his advice has helped me tremendously over the years, so I figured I better listen to him.
Therefore, for products or services which I use and like, and which have an affiliate program, I have begun to gradually add affiliate links here and there on the site where appropriate. As a result, you can help me keep this website going by clicking on one of these affiliate links, if you are interested in the product or service. (I don’t receive a commission if people just click on a link–they have to actually buy the product or service.)
If you click on one of the affiliate links on this site, and end up purchasing the product or service, the affiliate commission I receive does not come out of your pocket. You pay the same amount whether you click on an affiliate link or go directly to the site. The small commission I receive comes from the business owner of that product or service.
Think of it this way: If you decide that a product or service I recommend might help your website, you have a choice. You can purchase it after clicking my affiliate link and I receive a small commission–a nice way to say ‘thank you’ to me for the recommendation and for the info I provide on PTSDexams.com. Or, if you would prefer that the business owner receive 100% of the purchase price, i.e., no commission to me, then you simply visit the website without using my affiliate link. (Copy the link and remove the affiliate code. I do not use any “link cloaking” software or URL shorteners to try to hide the fact that it’s an affiliate link.)
There’s no way I’ll earn $147.68 per month from affiliate commissions. If I earn 10% of that amount I’ll be surprised. But at least I can tell my buddy that I’m not totally ‘giving away the store’, or as he would say, “Ah, you are finally valuing your expertise and your time. Good job.”
– Mark D Worthen PsyD