The National Council on Problem Gambling has recently launched a new online prevention tool designed to promote responsible gambling for current members of the military and veterans.
Operation Responsible Gambling is a first-of-its-kind online resource specifically tailored for service members. This is needed both across the country and in Ohio, as 1 out of 10 veterans in the state struggle with a problem with gambling.
Playing card games or buying scratch-off tickets are a popular way for those in the military to pass their time, and some international military bases even have slot machines. These activities have the potential to develop into a problem with gambling.
Even after returning home, problem gambling among veterans often coincides with other factors. For veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, 60% struggle with a problem with gambling. Depression among veterans who have a problem with gambling is as high as 76%.
Knowing its prevalence in the military and veteran community, it is important to have helpful resources available for those who may be struggling with a problem with gambling. Operation Responsible Gambling provides that through testimonial videos, self-assessment tools, FAQs, and more to help military members avoid developing a potential problem with gambling.
There’s also a specific section of the Operation Responsible Gambling website dedicated to getting help for military members if they think they might have a problem with gambling. Common signs of someone who might have a problem with gambling include:
- Borrowing money for gambling
- Hiding how much time or money is spent gambling
- Being restless or irritated when not gambling
- Exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
- Hiding bills or unpaid debts
Go to operationresponsiblegambling.org to learn more about this new resource, which was made possible by the support of Entain Foundation US and RG24seven.
Before You Bet also provides access to free and local resources. If you think you might have a problem with gambling, whether or not you have served in our armed forces, you can access support by calling the free, 24/7 helpline at 1-800-589-9966 or by texting 4HOPE to 741741.