Serving is more than a word.
Above link will take you to the Veterans Crisis Line
These resources will help in developing programs and outreach efforts to serve our nation's Veterans.
Those in the Network will be kept advised of new programs and resources as they become available.
If not a part of the Network join now.
In working with Veterans it is important to understand "what makes them tick."
The Center for Deployment Psychology has developed an excellent on-line program, available at no charge, to help participants gain an understanding of Military Culture.
Many men and women returning from service need help navigating a complicated federal and state aid system, support with health and family issues, and career employment that continues Veterans’ commitment to lives of purpose and service.
With responses from nearly 1,300 Chicagoland Veterans, we will now be able to gain a better understanding of the needs and challenges our Veterans are facing during and after this critical transition period. This survey is the first step in crafting strong policy and programs to enable Veterans and military family members to reach their full potential.
While the report was generated by interviews with Veterans in the Chicago area the results are in many cases universal and applicable to the Veteran popularization across the nation.
Click on the image to download copy of The State of the American Veteran.
The VA provides numerous resources to be used to combat Veteran homelessness. The following are key tools and resources to use as you take part in the Adopt-a-VA program.
Use any of these resources when seeking information about benefits or programs from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
As a percentage of the population, veteran and military suicide rates are higher as a group than the civilian population. Use these resources to become more aware of suicide, prevention and the resources available to help.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a number of FREE printed materials that you can order to have as part of your Suicide Awareness Program. Visit this link to access those resources.
GOVERNMENT & NGO RESOURCES
These resources provide various publications and directories that you can use in reaching out to the Military Community.
Military Outreach USA strongly suggests that a veteran use an approved service officer to file a disability claim with the VA. There should never be a charge to file a claim.
Virtually every state in the nation has a Veterans Affairs Department and special benefits for veterans in their state.
Whether in the active military, National Guard or Reserves, it is important to understand what occurs before, during and after a deployment. These resources will assist in creating awareness when a deployment occurs.
DCoE Resource Catalog: This collection of helpful resources us designed to be used by health care providers,service members, veterans and military families. The catalog includes information about organizational programs, websites, educational materials, product fact sheets, clinical practice recommendations, posters, mobile apps and more.
Everyone Serves: A handbook for family and friends of service members during Pre-Deployment, Deployment and Reintegration.
Post Deployment Stress: What Every Family Should Know
SURVIVING A SUICIDE
Not all suicides can be prevented. These resources will be of value in dealing with what happens after a suicide.
A JOURNEY TOWARD HEALTH AND HOPE: YOUR HANDBOOK FOR RECOVERY AFTER A SUICIDE ATTEMPT
Guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. Includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with. Order FREE from SAMHSA.
Communities should welcome its veterans and military families with support
The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported that, “as the Armed Forces begin to draw down their combat-ready forces; the VA’s work is just beginning.”
Veterans are unique members of our community. They bring the highest professionalism and a passion for public service to their work every day.
Yet most service members don’t return to the support and infrastructure of a military base. Instead, they return to their communities, often miles from their fellow service members. Therefore it is even more important to ensure they are welcomed back to a community that supports them and responds to their needs.
The Community Covenant pulls together key partners to build awareness about their critical role in serving those who served us. This commitment is intended to continue after the war ends. This will be even more essential when reintegration funding from the federal and state government inevitably goes away.
Click on the image to download copy of Community Covenant with Veterans and Military Families.
Becoming part of the Network you and your organization can help serve those who have served us!