There are hundreds of benefits available to veterans, but they only matter and they only make a difference if veterans know they exist. In the past two weeks, our staff has assisted veterans dealing with the following issues:
1.) Thoughts of suicide and self worth
2.) Obtaining VA healthcare
3.) Assisting families in their efforts to obtain end-of-life care
4.) Delivering Chapter 115 financial benefits
5.) Connecting veterans to recovery and substance abuse programs
6.) Helping a widow apply for a medal her husband deserved, but never received
This is not a list to prove our effort. It's more of a demonstration of what our veterans need and what their families deal with on a day-to-day basis. We love our job and we love our veterans. We want to help as many as possible. Having several information conduits helps us accomplish that goal.
We are also aware that information is difficult to spread and that each veteran generation consumes their information differently. For example, we do not think that our primary engagement with WWII and Korean War veterans should be email and YouTube. But we are also cognizant of the fact that our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are more comfortable with twitter and Facebook than they are with mass mailings.
Our goal is a multi-platform approach. Currently we are focusing on creating a mailing list that allows us to send newsletters, information and event invites to veterans and their families. It is an alternative medium that increases our outreach footprint and at the same time, reduces taxpayer burdens.
If you or your family wishes to join our mailing list, please type your email into the graphic above. We promise not to flood your mailbox and only send information that is useful to our local veteran populations.