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  • These young Philly veterans are convinced they can help the city

    Type of content: News

    Chris Diaz, Ryan Peters and a handful of veteran friends were at Fogo de Chao enjoying a 50 percent discount last Veterans Day when the casual lunch inevitably turned serious.

    As Peters said, they’re all “alpha personalities” and were sharing details of their accomplishments at work and in graduate school. At some point, Peters recalled, the idea clicked: “Why don’t we do that together?”

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  • Facilitating Reentry: A Look at a Campus Give to Support Female Veterans

    Type of content: News

    The Walmart Foundation's $500,000 grant to Boston University to launch the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN), represents a confluence of two timely trends across the modern philanthropy space. First, the robust efforts from corporate funders to reintegrate veterans into society, and two, the emergence of the college campus as the epicenter for such efforts.

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  • Why veterans’ greatest resources for getting mental health help are one another

    Type of content: News

    When it comes to getting connected to the mental health help they need, sometimes the best lifeline for military veterans is a fellow veteran.

    Many veterans need to be linked to help, support and resources to improve their mental health.

    And because the stressors that can be detrimental to mental health are complex and multifaceted, veterans may need assistance navigating their benefits, finding housing, understanding the legal system and entering higher education.

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  • Volunteering Can Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Type of content: News

    A new study shows that veterans could better transition to civilian life by volunteering with civic service programs in their communities.

    “When veterans complete their military service, they go through a transition like all of us when we change jobs, move to a new town or retire. It is a transition that takes focus, deep reflection, and new information to discover the next challenge they will pursue along their journey in life,” said Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and assistant professor of social work at Saint Louis University.

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  • Team RWB helps veterans forge connections with their communities

    Type of content: News

    Mike Erwin was fresh off a deployment to Afghanistan when he left Fort Bragg in 2009 to attend graduate school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    The next summer Erwin founded an organization that he hoped would help tie veterans to where they live and, in the process, provide a network of support centered on physical activity.

    That organization - Team Red, White & Blue, or Team RWB for short - has far outpaced Erwin's expectations.

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  • Would you take a call from a post-9/11 veteran?

    Type of content: News

    New pilot project tries to link volunteers with expertise to vets who need advice

    A new pilot program debuting in San Diego on Thursday will try to link volunteers with recent military veterans who need assistance in the form of advice or expertise.

    The program, called Vets’ Community Connections, is being unveiled by a coalition of government and private-sector groups, including San Diego County, 2-1-1 San Diego, San Diego Veterans Coalition and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Local veterans court chosen to help improve national process

    Type of content: News

    TAMPA — A special local court for offenders who are military veterans has proven so successful the Department of Justice selected it for a pilot program to help improve veterans’ courts nationwide.

    There are now more than 200 veterans courts around the nation, with hundreds more planned.

    The Hillsborough County Veteran Treatment Court just began its second year working with veterans accused of felonies and is one of two chosen for the Justice Department’s 21-month initiative. Yellowstone County, Montana, has the other program selected.

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  • Military moms face no more health risk than other deploying women

    Type of content: News

    Conventional wisdom and some research suggests that deployments affect military moms more than other female troops— that stress, worry and concern for kids increases warrior moms' susceptibility to mental and physical strains and can carry long-term consequences for a healthy family life.

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  • Class aims to help military families tackle mental illness

    Type of content: News

    Military families can learn how to help troops and veterans struggling with mental illness during classes offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Colorado Springs.

    The classes, held on Wednesday evenings for six weeks starting Jan. 20, aim to give families coping techniques and tips on resources for mental health care. It's taught by Jim Bloise, a 20-year Army veteran, and wife Jane, who will outline their experiences dealing with mental illness in the family.

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  • Mission Family: Spouses need in-person and online mentors

    Type of content: News

    Has the pendulum swung too far from face-to-face communication among military spouses?

    The youngest spouses have been raised on social media, often with an expectation they’ll get what they need online. But they’re finding that’s not all they need, said Corie Weathers, the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year.

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