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Veteran suicide rates remain alarmingly high despite years of reform.

For U.S. Army veteran Tom Voss, it was the unseen wounds of war that gushed from his body and crippled his insides day in and day out. While more than 6,000 miles from the battlefields of Iraq and back in the beloved land he served, Voss no longer felt at home in his skin. The wincing memories of doing or witnessing horrific things that collided with his fundamental beliefs – the “moral injury” – walked like a shadow alongside him and inside him, propelling him toward suicide as a means to end the pain and suffering.

According to the 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, 45,390 American adults died from suicide in 2017 – the most recent available year of data collection – including 6,139 U.S. veterans. The report stated that the number of veteran suicides has exceeded 6,000 every single year between 2008 and 2017, and in 2017, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times the rate for non-veteran adults.

In 2005, an average of 86.6 American adults, including veterans, died by suicide daily. In comparison, an average of 124.4 Americans died by suicide daily in 2017, indicating a sharp rise across the country.

Specific to veterans, the study found that suicides increased from 5,787 to 6,139 over those 12 years.In 2005, an average of 15.9 veterans died by suicide daily, andin 2017, an average of 16.8 Veterans died by suicide each day.

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Food Bank of Delaware
Appointments for emergency food assistance are available at the Food Bank!

OUR LOCATIONS:

NEWARK LOCATION
222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702
Enter building through back entrance near loading ramp
To make an appointment: Newark: (302) 292-1305 ext 227

MILFORD LOCATION
1040 Mattlind Way, Milford, DE 19963
Enter building through front door with green awning
To make an appointment: Milford: (302) 424-3301 ext 105

MUST BRING ID/PROOF OF DELAWARE RESIDENCY

HPC flyer January 2020

Catholic Charities DEAP has resumed funding supplemental heating assistance applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and each week (barring anything unforeseen), will continue to fund all complete applications submitted through Friday, March 29.

On Monday, 1/13/2020, Catholic Charities DEAP funded 2,550 additional completed and certified LIHEAP heating assistance applications. Those families should receive their LIHEAP notices within a week or so. Yesterday, our DEAP fuel vendors started receiving their notification lists from this latest funding.

To date, 8,313 Delaware families received heating assistance for the LIHEAP 2020 program year, and we encourage all income eligible Delawareans to apply for this supplemental heating program. LIHEAP eligibility opens the door for other LIHEAP benefits, like energy crisis, summer cooling electric and weatherization services, when appropriate and if funds are available.

If you need help or know any Delawareans, who might need a little help heating their homes, please encourage folks to schedule a LIHEAP application appointment at one of the following DEAP offices:

New Castle County: 302-654-9295
Kent County: 302-674-1782
Sussex County: 302-856-6310

PROGRAM POC:
Donna Forrest
Manager, Delaware Energy Assistance Program
Catholic Charities, Inc.
Diocese of Wilmington

The Catholic Charities Delaware Energy Assistance Program is federally funded through the State of Delaware, Dept. of Health and Social Services, Division of State Service Centers, Office of Community Services.

If you or someone you know has had a traumatic brain injury and needs assistance purchasing/paying for an item or service not covered by insurance, the person may be eligible for funding assistance through the Brain Injury Trust Fund.

For information and an application, visit the website. >
or call Dee at 302-257-3614

It’s that time of the year! Dover International Speedway is providing an awesome opportunity to service members and their families.

USO Delaware is distributing NASCAR tickets for the May 6 Spring Race!

Tickets will be distributed to current military and their immediate dependents (limit 4 per family) Tickets will be distributed out of the USO Delaware center located on DAFB in building 150 from 8am-8pm (while supply lasts).

Service members of the Delaware National Guard and 512th: please contact your public affairs office for instructions on obtaining your tickets.

POC:
Yolanda Bottorf
USO Delaware
Office: 302-677-2491
Cell: 302-423-6368
ybottorf@uso.org

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to Easton, MD at VFW Post 5118 May 31, 2018. It will be viewable until June 6, 2018.

Opening ceremony and scheduled speakers will start on 01 June 2018 to 05 June 2018.

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If you are currently paying for Tricare services by electronic funds transfer of any kind, you MUST set up a NEW auto payment to continue coverage due to a change in providing contractors.

This notice applies to Tricare Reserve Select, Tricare Retired Reserve, and Tricare Young Adult.

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!

Jason Passabet
Regional Director of Military and Federal Homecare
Phone: 757-282-7062
Fax: 855-444-2917 293
Independence Blvd. Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
japassab@maxhealth.com
maximhealthcare.com

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