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How can we improve the lives of our veterans... NOW? (Viewed 9516 times)
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This topic is focused on solutions to help make the lives of our veterans better. Let's take care of our vets!

   

Need help NOW?  Veterans Crisis Line  -  1-800-273-8255  -  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

 

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New Orleans Maintains Success In Ending Vet Homelessness

http://nationswell.com/new-orleans-end-vet-homelessness-success/

"With the help of active duty military and other veterans, New Orleans sweeps every block to find homeless vets and usually connects them to permanent housing within a few weeks..."

    

Catch A Lift Funds Gym Memberships For Veterans

http://nationswell.com/catch-a-lift-fund-gym-membership-fitness-equipment/

"The military requires soldiers to be physically fit. When they return from deployment, the gym is one place that service members can feel at home."

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Solar Ready Vets Preps Soldiers For Career In Solar Industry

http://nationswell.com/solar-ready-vets-energy-job-skills/

"Solar Ready Vets gives former soldiers marketable skills so they can gain employment in the booming field of solar energy."

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Rags Of Honor T-Shirt Business Employs Veterans

http://nationswell.com/rags-of-honor-t-shirt-veterans-jobs/

http://nationswell.com/rags-of-honor-employs-homeless-veterans/

"Almost 50,000 service members are homeless, but this man is working to change that. Founded in 2012, Rags of Honor is a silk-screen printing company based in Chicago that provides employment and other services to veterans. In the three years since its inception, Rags of Honor has grown from four employees to 22, all but one of whom are veterans at high risk of homelessness."

"During a worker’s first few weeks of employment, Doyle pays for a bus card to and from the homeless shelter, but he vows to have each employee housed within three months. An associated nonprofit helps connects vets with beds, bath towels and other furniture they need for their new home — the first step in starting over. Workers also receive support from their coworkers, with whom they develop strong bonds through their shared experience as military veterans who are transitioning out of their own personal tragedies."

 

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RuckPack - Veterans' Distributor Program

http://www.ruckpack.com

Employment After Deployment. Enlist Now in the Veterans Distributor Program. Committed to country and service, RuckPack is the first company to offer veterans nationwide the opportunity to earn cash through commissioned sales. As Seen On Shark Tank.

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Helping Traumatized Veterans

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2016/04/25/helping-traumatized-veterans

"State officials say they are trying to bridge what they see as gaps in services provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, whose medical centers have been plagued by mismanagement, often face lengthy backlogs and can be located far from rural communities."

"Starting this year, Texas will give money to nonprofits and private programs that provide treatment to veterans with PTSD and their families. New Hampshire has been training community mental health staff since last summer on how to find veterans and treat their PTSD. And New York is expanding a program that connects service members and veterans with mental health needs in small settings or in activities such as yoga and tai chi." Read more...

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‘Housing First’ Is Helping Female Vets Stabilize

http://womensenews.org/2015/11/housing-first-is-helping-female-vets-stabilize/

What is rapid rehousing? Its goal is to provide fast, stable, permanent housing as a primary way to end homelessness among veterans (both female and male).

Is it available in my area?

"The VA is partnering with outside groups to help it pursue this housing-first approach through grants to community-based, nonprofits in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands."

Requirements: 

"Participants are not required to be clean or sober. They may have a criminal history. The only key criteria are that they were not dishonorably discharged and have evidence of financial hardship; a single female, for instance, should not be earning more than $1,204 a month."

Initial results:

"At an average cost of approximately $3,000 per household, the VA said since its inception its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, by working through programs such as the one run by Volunteers of America in Sacramento, has placed 80 percent of all those discharged from the program into permanent housing."

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Boston Nonprofit Sees Legal Services As Key To Curbing Veteran Homelessness

http://www.wbur.org/news/2015/11/11/veterans-legal-services

The city of Boston is redoubling its effort to end veteran homelessness. One key area is to provide legal assistance.

"Boston-based Veterans Legal Services (VLS) is the only organization of its kind in the state. The nonprofit helps veterans access benefits and navigate civil court proceedings. Its clients are specifically low-income and homeless veterans, all of whom struggle financially."

By providing services like family law (including child services), VLS helps veterans who feel ill-equipped or unable to handle their cases alone. VLS provides essential guidance, resources and relief to many vets.

Even private attorneys are volunteering their time and expertise.

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Lifelong Heroes: Meet The Vets Who Rebuild Communities After Disasters

http://elitedaily.com/news/vets-rebuild-communities-after-disasters/1278973/

This is a fantastic idea and solution. Brilliant, in fact.

"I was trying to find something that got me back into feeling like I'm needed, wanted, appreciated and have purpose in my life — just like the Navy did.

In June of this year, the 32-year-old saw a Facebook ad for Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief."

Barrow joined and quickly trained. Shortly thereafter, he got his first call. It was Operation Liberty Hill. The goal: clean up after severe flooding in Ohio.

"I felt like I was useful, like I had a purpose again. I felt like I'd meant something to someone or some organizations — like I did in the Navy."

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Team Rubicon

http://teamrubiconusa.org/

"Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams."

"Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life."

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How Games Are Helping Veterans Recover From Injury

http://www.polygon.com/features/2016/4/29/11530306/operation-supply-drop

Yes, "games can be especially useful in helping soldiers who are recovering from physical injuries and from the mental strain of combat."

From the mental (PTSD) to the physical (amputees), veterans can find their recovery more engaging and ultimately more successful.

"[U.S. Army Major Erik] Johnson is currently cataloging all the games available on major modern consoles, according to how each of them might help particular injuries. He's cataloged around 100 games, and how they might be used to help particular injuries and ailments."

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Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. 

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

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