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Where to Call

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
Text: 838255

Vet2Vet Hotline: 1-877-838-2838

Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838

Veteran Caregiver Support: 1-855-260-3274

Vets for Warriors: 1-855-838-8255

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Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433

LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743

Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438

Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673

Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272

Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000

Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253

Military Sexual Trauma

Ruth Moore served her country in the Navy and paid a price no one expects. A two-time victim of sexual assaults while in the Navy, Moore took years to find her way and learn to help others survive the pain she suffered.


 

SSVF – Everyone Home

What do Virginia, New Orleans and Houston all have in common? They are among the growing list of localities that have ended Veteran homelessness and are proof that, community by community, it’s possible to make sure every Veteran has a place to call home.

In 2009, when President Obama challenged the nation to solve this important problem, few thought it would be easy.

Yet the 2010 release of Opening Doors, the first ever plan to prevent and end homelessness in the United States, was a galvanizing moment. VA staff and our many federal and community partners came together and committed to reaching, rescuing and housing every Veteran in need.

National Progress and Community Successes

As we head toward 2016, we can report that by many measures, significant progress has been made.

For a national “snapshot” of homelessness on a given night in America, we can look at the point-in-time (PIT) count that is conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). That newly released estimate shows that homelessness among Veterans across the country is down….

Read more HERE


 

The Everyone Home format is a beautiful notion. But too often it is simply throwing a band-aid on what may seem like a small wound, but is actually deep and infected. We have to look more comprehensively, proving long-term support and learning.

Service dogs for veterans

State Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, and two veterans advocates from Muskegon County testified in Lansing Wednesday to support legislation that would help provide service dogs for military veterans.

Hughes was joined by Dave Eling and Michael Baauw of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs during testimony Dec. 9 before the House Committee on Local Government.

Hughes recently introduced the bill that would establish a grant program called the Veterans Service Dog Fund. Another bill introduced by Hughes, House Bill 4913, would amend the state’s dog law to allow voluntary contributions to the Veterans Service Dog Fund when citizens purchase a dog license.

According to House Bill 4912, a service dog is “a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.”…

Read more HERE

 


 

Great to see the support, but it can prove to be yet another difficult barrier for housing that also needs to be addressed.

Raider Nation Honoring Veterans 2016

The Raider Nation via Sparkle Raider & Donna Burris: saluting our troops Saturday, Feb 13th 2016 and honoring Operation Dignity and our Founder, Alex McElree.

WWII Veteran helped build his VA

When William Edison Padgett of Laurens County was told by his boss at Carnell & Young Construction of Macon in July 1943 to take a load of stone to the U.S. Navy hospital under construction in Dublin, he had no idea that he was beginning an association that would last a lifetime.

As it turned out, the stone that Padgett delivered that day was the first of many loads of construction materials that would be delivered that would go into building the Dublin U.S. Navy Hospital that in 1948 would become the Dublin VA Hospital. At the time, Padgett had no idea that he would eventually get his own healthcare at the hospital….

Read more HERE


 

via VAntage Point // One of our is from the Macon and Dublin GA area – it’s amazing the shared support it takes to provide care. We must all do our part and this man truly understood as only our Veterans can.

Another great resource!

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Veterans helping veterans

The Veterans Workshop is an organization that makes it their mission to help their fellow disabled American Veterans get training and then get a job. They know how hard it is to get out of the military and then get engaged with the civilian world.

A bit about them:

 

The Veterans Workshop offers training in a whole host of different disciplines. We can teach blind veterans how to make phone calls for deaf veterans. We can teach deaf veterans how to manage a website into 508 compliance. disabled american veterans We can teach Oracle database managers. We can teach technical support and cyber security. We show spinal injured veterans how to communicate just by using their eyes.

You too can be a part of the Veterans Workshop. We have male and female veterans in our training’s and we have male and female veterans in our leadership.

These problems make it very hard for veterans to assimilate into society. This 501 c-3 charity organization is working to improve the lives of combat-wounded and disabled American veterans nationwide with a focus on the Blind, Deaf, Paralyzed and Unemployed. The Veterans Workshop operates programs and services thanks to the help of donations from generous Americans like you. The Veterans Workshop services are free.

Veterans Workshop – Home

Defusing Situations

From the Post Star: Police learn to defuse situations with veterans

It’s past time our police and authorities learn to work WITH and not against those in need. PTSD and mental needs must be addressed on all fronts!


 

Juanita Salas-Jackson has seen the conflicts from both sides.

As a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, she returned from service in the Middle East and struggled to re-integrate to civilian life.

As a state trooper, she and her colleagues found themselves in conflicts at times with military veterans.

Those encounters got ugly sometimes. Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-related problems have substance abuse issues and conflicts with family members and employers at a higher rate than the non-military public, statistics show….

Read more HERE

Happy Veterans Day!

Did you know?! The armistice, or ceasefire, of WWI inspired the holiday now known as Veterans Day