DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. Helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, DAV provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2019, DAV helped veterans receive more than $21 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors.
Habitat for Humanity has launched a great program to help veteran families improve their living conditions by focusing efforts on health, safety, and accessibility through critical home repairs. For more information please review the PDF flyers below or visit www.habitatoc.org
Palmer Lake Recovery has published guidance on substance abuse and addiction for veterans and families of veterans.
While the entire country is facing the plague of substance abuse, this is especially true for the veteran population.
From Volunteers of America:
More than 60 of Orange County’s most seriously ill homeless people are on track to move into housing with services to help them address health issues, under a new county contract approved Tuesday.
County health officials will choose the homeless people, based on assessments of their health vulnerabilities, and they will receive housing and services through a contract with The Illumination Foundation, a nonprofit that specializes in helping homeless people move from the streets into housing with on-site support services, and then into permanent housing.
The goal, officials said, is to help homeless people move off the streets, stabilize their health issues, develop positive relationships with other community members, and save public money in hospital emergency services and other costs.
Health issues will include one or more physical ailments, substance addictions, or mental illnesses, officials said. On-site staff will include case managers, mental health workers, psychiatrists, therapists, housing navigators, and peer recovery counselors who have been through experiences similar to the homeless people.
The contract was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday without public discussion, though they did talk about it at their April 24 meeting.
Many service members leave active duty with untreated mental and physical health issues. Five in 10 military veterans report a significant physical or mental health issue for which they are not receiving care. One in 10 veterans have considered suicide or made a plan to end their life by suicide.
Nearly eight in 10 service members leave the military without a job, expecting to quickly find meaningful employment that provides adequate remuneration once they leave the military.
Nearly a quarter of veterans in California with jobs are earning at or below the poverty level. Over three-quarters of those veterans without a job are not receiving assistance in finding a job.
At the same time, veterans also report needing time to figure out what they want to do in life once they leave the military.
Visit: https://www.voa.org for how you can assist.
Many veterans struggle with stress and mental illness, which increases their risk for developing substance use disorders. DrugRehab’s goal is to spread awareness of substance abuse and to be an informational resource for those impacted by alcohol.
Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. They are dedicated to providing professional, cutting-edge, comprehensive programs that are managed by licensed therapists, attorneys and their experienced staff.
1736 Family Crisis Center’s Rapid Re-Housing for Homeless Veterans-OC (RRHHV-OC) program proudly serves homeless Veterans and Veteran households of Orange County. Their goal is to help veteran families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis. The services that they provide include: temporary financial assistance (rental and deposit fees), housing counseling services, personal financial planning, case management, and daily living services (referrals). They also assist with the retrieval of government documentation such as DD-214, Social Security documents, homeless verification forms, etc. Eligible Veterans’ discharge status must be dishonorable, general under honorable, other than honorable or Reserve National Guard, and he/she must meet income eligibility criteria based on area median income.
For more information please contact Don Newsom at (323) 365-8032 or visit www.1736fcc.org.