The Delaware Veterans Coalition’s goal is to keep our website current as a source of information on benefits, opportunities, and events for our readers. Check back often. Please note you can sign up for a free update on veteran-related legislation by clicking on the newsletter registration link on the right. You can also submit an application for membership on the left. Membership is open to all honorably-discharged veterans residing in Delaware at only $20 per year. We meet every other month on the 4th Monday of the month, beginning in January of each year.
We also support the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park which tributes Gold Star Mother and Families, those lost in Vietnam, Korea, and the Middle East. The park also contains a POW/MIA Chair of Honor, a War Dog memorial and a UH-1 “Huey” Dustoff helicopter perched on an 18-foot stand. The park is financed through the sale of memorial bricks. If you wish to honor a family member or loved one who served, buy a brick to support the memorials, visit the Support the Memorials page.
NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health,communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.
*All participants are screened to ensure this class is appropriate for their needs.
See flyer for more details!
NAMI Delaware will be offering Mental Health First Aid Training
March 2, 2018
2400 W 4th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
Free! Registration Required:
A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use
problem. Learn an action plan to help. You are more likely to encounter
someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.
Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need. Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.
You served us. Now, let us serve you. Our dedicated coordination team will help manage care for injured service members. We provide a full array of options including private duty nursing, intermittent and companion/non-medical care.
About Maxim Healthcare Services
We are a leading provider of home healthcare, healthcare staffing, behavioral care, personal caregiving, and population health and wellness services across the United States. As an established community partner, we have been making a difference in the lives of our employees, caregivers and patients for 30 years. Our commitment to customer service, improving patient care, and staffing experienced healthcare professionals has made us a trusted partner in the healthcare services industry.
Contact us today for more information!
Regional Director of Military and Federal Homecare
Fax: 855-444-2917 293
Independence Blvd. Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Come to our next Lunch & Learn to hear about the Military Makeup
in Delaware, Managing Military Employees, USERRA and FMLA laws, and
resources for you. There is no cost to attend.
Have you ever had questions on managing your military employees? Whether
you are a small or large business, private or public sector, this Workshop
will enhance your understanding on the USERRA Law. There is no cost to
attend. You are welcome to extend the invitation to your company’s
frontline supervisors of military employees, as well as your human resources
Choose from two scheduled Workshops:
January 24, 2018 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Smyrna Readiness Center, Smyrna
February 28, 2018 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Bethany Beach Training Site, Bethany Beach
Please RSVP to Ms. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are applying to any position on usajobs.gov, take the time to attend this excellent workshop to learn how to navigate the federal application process, create a winning resumé and become the BEST QUALIFIED applicant.
RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY!
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!
Limited to 20 seats. Open to all.
FRIDAY, January 26, 2018
9:00am to 12:30pm
DE Dept of Labor Offices
225 Pencader Corp Blvd • Suite 211
Newark, DE 19702
To Sign Up, contact Lisa Smith at (302) 451-3457
or email Lisai.Smith@state.de.us
WHAT are the ingredients for a happy life?
HOW does it feel to be human?
NO MATTER WHAT you may have experienced or witnessed, it is still possible to lead a joyful existence once you understand the tools at your disposal.
FELLOW VETERANS will explore these topics to discover a practical approach to the daily challenges of life.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018 @7 PM
Wilmington VA Medical Center
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19805
(Building #5 outside the rear entrance)
To register, email email@example.com
Greetings DJF Community Network
Our next DJF Community Network SOUTH quarterly meeting is fast-approaching!
I am seeking 3 presenters, as I have not had any requests on topics for this
month’s meeting. Please send me an email if interested – first come, first served!
Our meeting will be led by Larence Kirby.
THU, JAN 18 * 0830 HOURS
ADAMS STATE SERVICE CENTER
DPH Conference Room 100
546 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown, DE 19947
Use Bldg Entrance #3 (directly across from DMV)
Thanks for all you do to support our service members, veterans, and families.
PLEASE RSVP BY EMAIL if you will attend the SOUTH meeting.
CHRISTINE F. KUBIK
DELAWARE NATIONAL GUARD
DIRECTOR, JOINT SUPPORT & OUTREACH SVCS (J9)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
ASIST is a two-day, intensive suicide intervention skills-training workshop
aimed at those who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in
helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST provides practical
training and is suitable for anyone in a caring role or working with
vulnerable people, from teenagers upwards.
Wednesday JAN 29-30, 2017
All workshops are 0830-1630 hrs.
Location: Biden National Guard Reserve Center
1 Vavala Way (GPS use: 250 Airport Road), New Castle, DE 19720
PROGRAM POC to register:
Mr. Ronald Andrews, CTR
Suicide Prevention Program Manager
Recently, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Dr. David Shulkin declared suicide prevention his top clinical priority. As part of his prevention effort, effective July 5, 2017, VA began offering veterans with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative military discharges, an estimated 500,000 veterans, access to the full array of VA services if they require emergency mental health treatment. Former service members may enter the system to use this benefit by visiting a VA emergency room or Vet Center or by calling the Veteran Crisis Line. If it is determined to be a mental health emergency, the veteran may qualify for up to 90 days of care, which can include inpatient, residential, and outpatient care. During this time, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), will work together to determine if the veteran’s mental health issue is related to military service, which would make the veteran eligible for continuing medical care. For more detailed information about this initiative, click here VA Fact Sheet.
The Government Accountability Office reviewed military documents of veterans with OTH discharges between 2011 and 2015, and found that over 13,000 veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury received OTH discharges. According to the military’s policy, these factors should have been considered in the character of discharge decision, but were not. Prior to Secretary Shulkin’s change in policy, these veterans with OTH discharges generally lacked access to VA mental health care services.
Despite VA’s dedicated efforts to reduce veteran suicide, an average of 20 veterans per day take their own lives, 21 percent higher than non-veterans. In order to reduce this number VA established a crisis line and placed suicide prevention coordinator teams at every VA medical center. To date, the crisis line has answered 2.3 million calls, participated in 289,000 chats, replied to 55,000 texts, dispatched emergency services over 61,000 times, and provided over 376,000 referrals to VA suicide prevention coordinators. Most recently, the VA announced its efforts to train all its employees to recognize suicide warning signs to help ensure vulnerable veterans do not fall through the cracks. Recent independent assessments by Altarum and the RAND Corporation, found that the VA provides mental health and suicide prevention services that are superior to the private sector by as much as 30 percent across seven different performance indicators.
VA has made significant improvements in its mental health and suicide prevention services and the Department reports that veterans who choose VA are at lower risk for suicide. Unfortunately, many veterans do not elect to use VA, or they are ineligible to receive care. Secretary Shulkin noted that 70 percent of veterans who commit suicide are not regular VA patients. The most comprehensive study to date covering veteran suicide, published in July 2016, further demonstrates the increased risks for veterans who do not utilize VA services. This study found that since 2001, the rate of veterans using VA services who committed suicide increased by 5.4 percent, compared to an increase of 38.4 percent for those who did not use, or have access to, VA’s health care services. The statistics for female veterans are of particular concern. During the same time period, the rate of female veteran suicide decreased by 2.6 percent for VA users, but increased by 81.6 percent for women veterans who did not use VA services.
While more work is required to eliminate veteran suicide, this new policy to expand mental health care to eligible veterans with OTH military discharges is a step in the right direction. Secretary Shulkin stated, “we want these former service members to know there is someplace they can turn if they are facing a mental health emergency.”
Veterans in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (press 1), or text 838255.