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Mission: Veterans Inc.’s mission is to help veterans re-gain control of their lives so we can eliminate homelessness among veterans. In many cases, Veterans Inc. actually saves lives, as our clients tell us time and again. We aim to remain a leading provider of services that improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing the highest quality services; and continuing to create new opportunities in the areas of health, employment and housing.

Philosophy:  Veterans Inc. operates according to the philosophy that veterans have earned the respect and gratitude of our nation and that in return, Veterans Inc. shall provide them with whatever services are needed. Our philosophy is summed up with the phrase:

They were there when we needed them.
We must be there now that they need us.

Values: Veterans Inc. pledges the total commitment of its resources to veterans and their families, by providing:

  • Direct services or referral to all veterans and/or their families who request assistance
  • Emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • A tireless effort to find housing, both transitional and permanent, to homeless veterans and those at risk of being homeless
  • Job enhancement skills, job search skills and individually advanced training for improved employment opportunities
  • Advocacy on a local, state and national level to help address the needs of the veteran population
  • Reminders to our country’s civilian members of the sacrifices that veterans have made so that all could live free.

Please contact Veterans Inc. at 800.482.2565 or email them at [email protected] their webpage at: veteransinc.org

Headquarters:
69 Grove Street
Worcester, MA 01605

About our Veterans:images

  • Veterans are twice as likely as other Americans to become chronically homeless.
  • Veterans represent just about one tenth of the adult civilian population, but nearly two thirds of the homeless population.
  • Younger veterans suffer much higher jobless rates than older veterans.
  • The incidence of PTSD and suicide rates among veterans is climbing.

Statewide Housing Advocacy Reintegration and Prevention (S.H.A.R.P.)

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This program is collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Veteran Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the effort to end homelessness among Veterans. This is accomplished through peer support, mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and linkages to emergency shelter at a Veteran-centric facility while concurrently initiating processes for long-term remediation of the Veteran’s homelessness through enrollment in the HUD-VASH program. This initiative requires the provision of an existing network of DVS Veteran-specific service providers, all of whom are dedicated at 100% effort to the care of homeless Veterans, to which Peer Support and Mental Health Specialists will be hired to provide care coordination services.

The Staff of four Peer Specialists, one Substance Abuse Counselor, one Psychiatrist, aided by a 24/7 support line will assist in providing safe stable, housing for 50 eligible veterans by 9/2012 in Massachusetts.

The Patrick-Murray Administration is making it a priority along with the Obama Administration to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. A national report shows that the reduction of veterans’ homelessness has been reduced nationally by 12% and Massachusetts by 18% compared with last years total.

At the local level, Secretary Nee of the Department of Veterans Services has been making this a top priority in Massachusetts. With a commitment from the Obama Administration, $100 Million has been dedicated to expand a homeless prevention plan nationally.

The problems that lead to homelessness begin long before Veterans and their families are on the streets,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “By putting more resources into prevention services for those at risk of becoming homeless, we will continue to help more Veterans and their families turn their lives around.”

Veterans looking for help with housing please contact SHARP by calling 617.210.5743 or by emailing SHARP at [email protected] and for more information www.mass.gov/veterans

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

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Take the Step: Explore the options.

Man in counselingWhat can you do if you need help for PTSD? Whether you are learning to manage your own symptoms or you are a caregiver looking for resources, you have options. The steps you take to get care should be the ones that are best for you.

This week’s step gives you information about options for care and support resources to help you make the best choices for yourself or your clients.

Chapter 116 Scholarship Night

Tuesday night Chapter 116 had it’s annual Scholarship night.  Mrs. Hill made it safe and sound and did not let the rain ruin the night.  We were indoors at the Leominster Veteran’s Center.  I would like to congratulate the winners of the scholarships, all of whom are fine, upstanding Americans.

President of VVA, Chapter 116, Richard Earley presided over the evenings festivities and was a great MC.

The winners of the scholarships were: Wesley Young, J. Barry Neas, Timothy Ellam, Rachel Tamas, Naelle Grudziecki

Below are a few photos of the evening thanks to Dan Jones.

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I personally would like to thank Chapter 116 for my scholarship.  I will now be able to get the best graphing calculator possible.  I am sure that all the other recipients are just as grateful as I am.

I’ll post more photos with a link to download the full sized version.  Thank to all that were there, thank you to all that support our Veterans, thanks to all our Veterans and Active Duty Women and Men for doing the right thing and being there for our country.  God Bless America.