The Delaware Veterans Coalition was founded in 2011 as a registered lobbying organization to address issues affecting all generations of Delaware’s veterans. We meet every other month on the 4th Monday, beginning in January. The Coalition was instrumental in establishing the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund in 2013 to assist Delaware’s honorably discharged veterans in financial crisis. Our meetings and membership are open to all honorably discharged veterans residing in Delaware, including those with General discharges under honorable conditions, regardless of membership.
The 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 filling out the newsletter registration link on the right.
You can also submit an application for membership with the red link on the left. Please include the branch in which you served. Membership is only $20 per year. Feel free to email our Secretary Don Coffman at email@example.com with questions.
Dave Skocik, president
The Mental Health Association in Delaware is hosting
E-Racing the Blues South: A Walk for Suicide Prevention
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Registration: 10:30 AM (Rehoboth Beach Bandstand)
The event includes Zumba, a two-mile walk along the Boardwalk, and raffle prizes.
Project Director for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Association in Delaware
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 600
Wilmington, DE 19801-6604
Job Opportunities Available for Qualified Drone Pilots
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Join us for one of our exciting FREE informational Open House Meetings – see flyers attached.
A Department of Labor ITA provider. Scholarships available if qualified.
Attn: VETS! DWS is now approved by the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs to accept the GI bill!Drone Workforce Solutions DE 2020 Flyer (Drone School Open House and Training Classes rev
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.
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
MUST BRING ID/PROOF OF DELAWARE RESIDENCYHPC 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
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.
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.2020-02-14 AGENDA JMAC SOTG
Power Breath Meditation Workshop
May 6-10, 2020
Wilmington VA Hospital
Workshop is free and is being sponsored by Help The Veterans.
The workshop taught by Project Welcome Home Troops (www.pwht.org) teaches evidence-based practical and powerful tools to help individuals manage the impact of service related chronic stress and trauma.
To register please contact Leslye Moore
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ART OPS, a brand new community arts program for Veterans and Military at The New Castle County Art Studio
$5 per class. Materials included.
ART OPS is off to a great start! Participants have explored drawing and painting in the first month of the program. We have only begun to scratch the surface of all art has to offer. Join The New Castle County Art Studio to explore your unique creative side and experiment with elements of art and design.
Play with a variety of art forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, collage and more! No art experience necessary and no expectations! You only need a desire to express yourself. If you cannot come every week – no problem! Join us when your schedule allows.
Get lost in your process, free up your mind, feel free to make “mistakes” and watch art happen!