Showing posts with label veterans outreach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label veterans outreach. Show all posts

Saturday, July 29, 2017

RED SOX FOUNDATION Looking for People Like Me...And You!


The Home Base Program is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial warrior to identify, motivate and guide into care veterans and families struggling with the invisible wounds of war. The Home Base Veterans Outreach Coordinator will be part of a vital team of professionals and will serve as a critical "boots on the ground" liaison between The Home Base Program and the veterans community.

The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Home Base Program is an initiative supported by philanthropy that serves New England by identifying, motivating, and treating veterans and families impacted by the invisible wounds of war. Having served over 1000 veterans and families in clinical care alone through 2015, the Home Base Program is recruiting a qualified candidate to help significantly expand its impact in 2016 and beyond.

Through the Intensive Clinical Program, Home Base serves the nation as a successful private-public partnership and as a source of communication and educational resource to health and community providers seeking to support our veterans. In addition, the Home Base program serves as a leader in research, identifying and implementing new treatments for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other deployment-related mental health challenges.

General Job Description

The Home Base Programs Veterans Outreach Coordinator for the Intensive Clinical Program serves as a point of contact for veterans and their families seeking care and/or education regarding Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other post 911 combat-related stress. When not assigned to the Intensive Clinical Program, the Veterans Outreach Coordinator role changes to educate and provide outreach to New England-based veterans and their families about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and encourages the community to take advantage of services available through the Home Base Program. The Coordinator is an employee of MGH and works alongside a team of world class medical professionals to help educate veterans, their families, social workers, employers, community service providers, veterans groups and others as to how to recognize symptoms of PTSD/TBI and the ways in which they or their loved ones can seek help. The Veterans Outreach Coordinator guides veterans through the treatment evaluation process in the Home Base Clinic and works closely with the Clinical staff in the Home Base Program around patient case management and ongoing monitoring of patient needs. The Coordinator provides active patient outreach, including phone, email, in-person meetings and text messaging.

Responsibilities Of The Home Base Veterans Outreach Coordinator Include

The Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Intensive Clinical Program is New England based. The Home Base Clinic and the National Intensive Clinical Program is located at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, but the Veterans Outreach Coordinator for the Intensive Clinical Program will work both in the Intensive Clinical Program and travel throughout New England in fulfillment of other Outreach responsibilities when not assigned to the Intensive Clinical Program.

Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged. Employer's Job# 3040325

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Arkansas Veterans Group Puts Compassion into Action

New center helps Conway veterans get benefits 
THV11 News
Astrid Solorzano
January 17, 2015

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - There are more than 250,000 men and women who served our country in Arkansas. Veterans Outreach Ministries has helped more than 8,000 veterans through the hurdles of receiving health care benefits. The group has two existing locations, one in Pleasant Plains and one in Searcy. Paul Bunn's offices help veterans and their families overcome struggles with health care. 

Now Bunn, with the help of more than 60 volunteers, have opened a new location in Conway. "Our veterans do not have access to proper representation when it comes to the Department of Veterans Affairs." The group's motto is 'healing by helping compassion in action.'

"Our Vietnam veterans were exposed to herbicides, Agent Orange," said Bunn, "There are automatically 12 presumptive illnesses they are exposed to, and can get treatment paid for."
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

VA finally thinks about outreach?

Every time I go to an event to listen to experts, I keep asking about outreach and why they are not doing it. It's common sense! One thing the "experts" seem to lack. I never could get a serious answer. I've asked about this when talking about PTSD and homeless veterans. I've asked about it when talking about suicides. Divorces. I've asked politicians.

VA secretary: Agency has to do better outreach
The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday May 31, 2011 18:57:30 EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Veterans affairs officials must do a better job reaching out to Alaska’s military vets, especially those in remote communities where access to services is difficult, the nation’s top official for veterans’ affairs said.

Eric Shinseki, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, said the issue of access has a different meaning in Alaska, where many communities are off the road system.

But the issue is being addressed with a move away from large health care centers for veterans to community-based outpatient clinics and vet centers and mobile clinics, he said Monday during a visit to the state.
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VA secretary: Agency has to do better outreach

Outreach is priceless and maybe that's part of the problem. It doesn't cost much money at all. As a matter of fact I've been doing it for almost 20 years online and even longer face to face. It is draining, makes me cry a lot, miss a lot of sleep and then I get the email from another organization asking ME for a donation! Anyway, this kind of thing takes two things. Time and love. Ok, toss in patience too but congress won't even listen unless someone is going to make money off of it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bad move to cut Vermont National Guard program

We didn't step up when we sent them in the first place. Congress didn't get funding flowing into the VA to get ready for what two wars would cost in human terms. Communities around the country didn't have any plans to take care of the National Guards or Reservists or their families when they were deployed. No one was asked to do anything but the men and women we sent.

If sending them into Afghanistan was important enough to ask them to risk their lives, then it should have been important enough to congress to pay for it, then and now. If sending them into Iraq was important enough, then the budget to care for them should have been increased right away. Even if it meant that the US taxpayers had to pay more. This means the rich should have shared in the burden but they got tax cuts.

What did they do with their money? Did they make jobs for the men and women to come home to? No, unemployment went up. Did they step up and fund anything the citizen soldiers or troops needed when they came home wounded? Very few did.

Now there is something the state of Vermont is trying to get right and even it is running out of money. Why? We are not exactly running out of veterans needing it. As a matter of fact, we are increasing the need at the same time we fund greed in this country. This is all messed up.

Expiring Vermont Guard family program gets reprieve

COLCHESTER — A Vermont National Guard family outreach program that helps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is being threatened by the budget dispute in Congress.

The program that provides important services to help veterans deal with issues that arise after they return from service overseas had been due to run out of funding at the end of next month, but officials say it's been given a short reprieve thanks to a $450,000 federal appropriation.

But its long-term future is in doubt.

The program was started a number of few years ago with state money. Last summer Vermont guard chief, Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that another $2.4 million in federal funds would keep the program running. That money is almost gone.

"We have our veterans outreach specialists (who) are dealing with people with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, with substance abuse issues, with financial issues, with helping them to get their disability benefits, marital issues," Dubie said.
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Expiring Vermont Guard family program gets reprieve

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Veterans have suggestions for VA ad campaign

Veterans have suggestions for VA ad campaign

By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 23, 2008 17:34:40 EDT

Three Iraq war veterans told a House subcommittee Tuesday that they like the idea of the government advertising available benefits to veterans, but they hope for a few changes.

Some changes they seek are complicated, like placing ads different places for maximum effect. Some changes are simpler, like increasing the size of the print on those ads so they are easier to read. The veterans spoke during a House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations hearing about a new Veterans Affairs Department advertising program.

Carolyn Schapper, an Iraq war veteran testifying on behalf of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said widely spreading the word about veterans’ programs — especially mental health counseling — could help people like her.

“When I came home I dealt with a wide range of adjustment issues/PTSD symptoms: rage, anger, seeking revenge, increased alcohol use, withdrawal from friends and family, depression, high anxiety, agitation, nightmares and hyper-vigilance. My symptoms altered and grew over time. I was not the person I used to be and I knew it,” said Schapper, who was a member of the Georgia National Guard.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Grant Will Help Vets Deal With PTSD

Grant Will Help Vets Deal With PTSD
Alex Crichton

ROCHESTER, NY (2008-04-22) One in five veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or major depression according to the New York State Health Foundation.

Now the Foundation has contributed $2 million dollars toward a new initiative to address the needs of returning vets, according to President and CEO James Knickman.

Under that grant, the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester will receive over 372-thousand dollars to provide support and guidance for returning veterans through "Operation Welcome Home and Recovery."

VOC President and CEO Thomas Cray says his organization is grateful the Health Foundation recognizes the public health implications of combat and military related maladies.

The program will identify barriers facing veterans trying to fit back into their lives at home and offer reintegration services.

The Veterans Outreach Center first opened in 1973 to support Vietnam veterans coping with their wartime experiences.

Edward Simmons with the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs says the initiative will help address the many problems facing veterans returning from the war.

© Copyright 2008, WXXI

I could have saved them a lot of money. Most of us already know what the answers are but no one will listen.