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The Brain Injury Association of Delaware (BIAD) has made it their mission to “create a better future through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support”. During these unprecedented times, we have found ourselves in a unique position and are re-inventing the way we reach our brain injury community.

The COVID-19 crisis is adding stress to the lives of many. Our brain injury community is not exempt from these stresses. Social isolation can pose adverse effects, such as depression and anxiety, which can negatively affect the quality of life and rehabilitation of a survivor. Social support systems are extremely important to the brain injury survivor. The best approach to assisting brain injury survivors, as well as their caregivers, during this time is to let them know that they are not alone and offer encouragement. Maintaining a social support system is vital.

BIAD has taken steps to remain connected with survivors and caregivers during this time. Our organization has made necessary changes to the way we assist our community.  We have implemented virtual support groups throughout the state, we are making check-in calls to persons affected by brain injury, we are providing links to key services, and we are working with other organizations to bring virtual mindfulness activities to those in the brain injury community.

Please help us spread the word.  If you know someone that is in need of our help, please have them contact Kristy Handley at director@biade.org  or (302) 346-2083. BIAD continues to be proactive, working to assist our brain injury community with living the best life possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kristy Handley, M.S.
Executive Director
Brain Injury Association of Delaware
P.O. Box 1897, Dover, DE  19903
302-346-2083 | 1-800-411-0505

Veterans Awareness Center Foundations Delaware 2020 Veterans Stand Down Registration Package is available. We are proceeding with Registration of Service Provider, Volunteers and Veterans with hope that the pandemic will be over before September. With our country in such turmoil from the Coronavirus, we are erring of the side of caution and safety.

Pre-registration of Veterans is new for 2020. We are allowing Veterans to fill out their Registration Forms prior to arriving at the Stand Down event. The event seems to get larger each year and registration time becomes longer and longer. We would rather you take
time to visit with Service Providers than to stand in line to register.

We are handling Registration for the 2020 event as usual. However, if it becomes imperative to cancel the 12th annual Stand Down event, we will notify you quickly! Please write your email address and phone numbers clearly, so that our Team at the Veterans Awareness Center Foundation may be able to contact you.

We are looking forward to another great event. You make the event a success from year to year!

Founder, Veterans Awareness Center & Stand Down Public Affairs

Thursday 16 April 2020

Co-hosted with Military One Source

Kim Butler, Director of Operations for the Wilmington VA Medical Center will be our guest speaker. Please pass along to your service and family members who may be interested in learning more about VA operations, programs, and other benefits.

Valerie Camarillo, USAF Veteran
Community Outreach Specialist
Office of the Director
Wilmington VA Medical Center
Cell phone: 302-357-8715

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Operation Homefront, along with Food Lion is offering a Holiday Meal event on April 8.

The folks from the Walter Fox Legion have generously allowed us to use their facility to distribute 100 meals and gift cards.

As with any Operation Homefront event, registration is required.


====QUESTIONS, contact:
John Rickards
US Navy Chief (Ret)
Area Manager PA,NJ,DE
Operation Homefront
Cell: (267) 721-3385

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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!


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

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


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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

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.

Join us!

On Friday, February 14, 2020, the DE State and New Castle County Chambers’ Joint Military Affairs Committee would like to invite you to join us at the Delaware Air National Guard base for our annual “State of the Guard” briefing.

The morning will include briefing with information about the current missions and operations of the Guard. The Delaware National Guard leadership team will share information about upcoming projects, current missions and activities. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to show support and gratitude to the 2,700 men and women who serve our state and nation in the Delaware National Guard!

The State of the Guard Briefing is open to the public. The cost to participate is $10 per person. To join us, DSCC and NCCCC members and the public should visit the one event link provided below and register for the event.

The deadline for Registration is Monday, February 3. Due to security requirements for base access, each attendee will need to provide: Full Name, Date of Birth, and Driver’s License Number/State.

Because of the elevated force protection conditions, NO WALK-INS will be allowed. Everyone must pre-register. Photo ID will be required the day of the event.


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