National Veterans Resource Squad

National Veterans Resource Squad The National Veterans Resource Squad is designed to train Volunteers in suicide prevention skills regarding struggling veterans. The National Veterans Resource Squad (NVRS) will lead Volunteers of America's efforts to reach at-risk veterans through suicide prevention, peer mentoring, and community resource navigation.

The 17 squad members are all Volunteers of America affiliate employees who are military veterans themselves.

The 17 squad members are all Volunteers of America affiliate employees who are military veterans themselves.

Operating as usual

01/23/2019

Thank you all for your support and being a part of this page and liking it!

Update: We are still in the middle of securing funding so the mission of community suicide awareness/prevention and Veteran Peers Support work can continue nationwide!

More to come😊😎 🇺🇸

09/19/2018

Just checking in with the squads! Anything new happening?

09/03/2018

The VOA NVRS is still going strong!

We are currently in the process of obtaining and retaining funding in order to continue our vital mission of suicide alertness/awareness, Veteran peer support, and loving people.

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Squad 3 SafeTALK T4T Training Feb ‘18 in FL! Woo hoo!
04/28/2018

Squad 3 SafeTALK T4T Training Feb ‘18 in FL! Woo hoo!

NVRS - Squads 1, 2, and 3 representing affiliates across the Nation in VA to initiate new ways to reach Veterans and ass...
04/28/2018

NVRS - Squads 1, 2, and 3 representing affiliates across the Nation in VA to initiate new ways to reach Veterans and assist them with challenges they may be facing!

06/03/2017

It was good to see and hear from VOA staff from across the country and programs at the annual conference held by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. It's motivating to hear the investment made by individuals, programs and VOA. Thank you.

NVRS 2 hard at work training in San Antonio!
03/09/2017

NVRS 2 hard at work training in San Antonio!

Please share! Happy Veterans Day!
11/11/2016

Please share! Happy Veterans Day!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we are teaming up with Niagara Cares to donate up to $5,000 in honor of those who have served. For every like and share of this post, Niagara Cares will donate $1 to the Supportive Services for Veterans Families program of Volunteers of America. Niagara Cares Volunteers of America
Ends 11/11 at 11:59pm PST

Welcome, National Veterans Resource Squad 2!
10/19/2016

Welcome, National Veterans Resource Squad 2!

10/16/2016
Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America

Thank you to the men and women who have courageously defended our freedom. You are our heroes.

An interesting article that highlights many of the issues we discuss in our safeTALK suicide alertness trainings, includ...
08/22/2016
A Suicidologist’s New Challenge: The George Washington Bridge

An interesting article that highlights many of the issues we discuss in our safeTALK suicide alertness trainings, including not using the language of "committing suicide" and asking directly about thoughts of suicide.

Madelyn Gould, a Columbia University professor, is hoping to stem the tide of a major public health threat to young people.

03/22/2016
With advanced training, peers gain credibility | Behavioral Healthcare Magazine

Advanced training equates to confidence in helping other veterans much like training in military. Training is the key to peer programming. Peer training must encompass 34 core competencies in order to meet the industry standard.
http://www.behavioral.net/article/advanced-training-peers-gain-credibility

March 15, 2016 by Lori Ashcraft , Kathy Bashor and Mike Franczak | Reprints A quiet revolution is taking place across the country that we may all want to be paying attention to: The emergence of advanced training for peers who have joined the behavioral health workforce. I’m going to use a broad bru…

Senior Chief Ed Byers received the Medal of Honor and would like to return to combathttp://www.stripes.com/news/navy/it-...
03/08/2016
It's rare, but latest Medal of Honor recipient wants to go back to war

Senior Chief Ed Byers received the Medal of Honor and would like to return to combat

http://www.stripes.com/news/navy/it-s-rare-but-latest-medal-of-honor-recipient-wants-to-go-back-to-war-1.397403

On Monday, Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers was awarded the nation's highest combat honor for his role in a hostage rescue mission. Byers is believed to be first service member to ever earn the Medal of Honor while assigned to the secretive SEAL Team 6. But it is his plans for the f…

03/07/2016
Registration

Free webinar: VA Suicide Prevention, Education, and Outreach with Dr. Caitlyn Thompson, March 16, 2-3 pm PST.

The purpose of the webinar is as follows: Dr. Thompson will review methods to reach Veterans and their families where they are through outreach, connect those who are facing challenges with care, and reduce the stigma of seeking support for crises such as suicide. She will also include an overview of VA’s integrated approach to suicide prevention which will outline contact-based approaches to mental health outreach and education and key elements of VA’s suicide prevention program, including local suicide prevention coordinators, the Veterans Crisis Line, and the Make the Connection campaign.

To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5146073231606021891

Webinar organizers are prohibited from soliciting confidential personal information (credit card information, social security numbers, etc.) in the registration form. This questionnaire is not intended to handle sensitive data.

The SGT Daniel Somers Classified Veterans Access to Care Act would ensure that veterans could have access to individual ...
03/07/2016
Congress considers veteran suicide bills

The SGT Daniel Somers Classified Veterans Access to Care Act would ensure that veterans could have access to individual counseling even if there were concerns about classified material. The legislation has been introduced in the House by Arizona Representative Krysten Sinema and in the Senate by Montana Senator Jon Tester.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/feb/14/veterans-suicides-daniel-somers-legislation-peters/

Veterans advocates say there’s momentum in the battle against suicide with several bills pending in Congress, including one influenced by a grieving family in Coronado.

02/27/2016
| Suicide & Care: Understanding Suicide through Our Language, Culture and Interventions

Free webinar on March 23, 1:30-2:30 CST

Suicide & Care: Understanding Suicide through our language, culture, and interventions

By participating in this conference, participants will be able to:

Understand scope of suicide risk at national and treatment level

Apply Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide concepts to assessment/intervention and understand the role of culture and language in barriers to care and efficacy of treatment

Understand role of culture and language in barriers to care and efficacy of treatmentIntegrate suicide care plans and triage techniques into everyday practice

Integrate suicide care plans and triage techniques into everyday practice

Honor role of lived experience in implementing suicide care plans

http://www.mimhtraining.com/suicide-care-understanding-suicide-through-our-language-culture-and-interventions/?

Suicide & Care: Understanding Suicide through Our Language, Culture and Interventions Register Now Details Presenter Registration Accreditation Details Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm CST to 2:30 pm CST Program Number: 16404 Description Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.…

Operation Warrior Call is a suicide prevention campaign to help those who may not be able or willing to ask for help.  E...
02/24/2016
Operation Warrior Call | Troops First Foundation

Operation Warrior Call is a suicide prevention campaign to help those who may not be able or willing to ask for help. Each battle buddy agrees to call a fellow battle buddy in order to check on them.

http://www.troopsfirstfoundation.org/operation-warrior-call/

The wounds of war, both visible and invisible, sustained by the force through multiple deployments have been well documented. Many service members return from the battlefield facing a host of serious challenges. Once home, the possibility of becoming disconnected from their fellow Warriors can be ac…

Congratulations to NVRS members Aaron, Alan, Iwana, Melvyn, and Ramon for completing ASIST and safeTALK training! These ...
02/20/2016

Congratulations to NVRS members Aaron, Alan, Iwana, Melvyn, and Ramon for completing ASIST and safeTALK training! These awesome veterans (and their VOA Los Angeles colleagues) are ready to get back to their communities to support their peers at risk of suicide.

A resource for our veterans:"Yoga For Vets is a non-profit organization that exists to welcome home war veterans and to ...
02/19/2016
Yoga for Vets

A resource for our veterans:

"Yoga For Vets is a non-profit organization that exists to welcome home war veterans and to assist them in managing their trauma and stress from combat through yoga instruction. The Yoga For Vets website is a World-wide Directory that lists Studios, Teachers, Gyms, VA Medical Centers and Veteran Services Centers throughout the country that offer four or more free classes to War Veterans. Most locations offer four free class but some offer more (ask them when you call or stop in).

Presently, Yoga For Vets’ mission is straightforward... allow veterans to see the benefits of yoga with four free classes. Yoga For Vets supports veterans in yoga by offering scholarships for training teachers and workshops."

http://www.yogaforvets.org/index.html

Yoga For Vets lists all yoga studios and teachers that offers 4 free yoga lessons to any military veteran of war. Free Yoga.

Free webinar:  February 23 at 8 pm EST.Topic:  Why is it so hard for Veterans to seek treatment for PTSD, and what impac...
02/10/2016
Webinar on Veterans and PTSD

Free webinar: February 23 at 8 pm EST.

Topic: Why is it so hard for Veterans to seek treatment for PTSD, and what impact does it have on their families?

Overview: In this Webinar, the first of a series on military social work, Michael Day (MSW'10), who served in the Marines and was among the first troops deployed to Iraq, will tell his personal story of suffering from PTSD, treating other veterans who have PTSD, and working on an about-to-be-released film on the topic. He will then be joined by Lt. Col. Franklin Swayne, a professional military social worker who teaches in the Columbia School of Social Work's online campus.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-on-veterans-and-ptsd-tickets-21456227153?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing

Why Is It So Hard for Veterans to Seek Treatment for PTSD, and What Impact Does It Have on Their Families? Since September 11, 2001 more than 2.5 million U.S. service members have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them have experienced not one but several recurring traumatic events duri…

And the uphill fight for Vietnam veterans to receive the benefits, and thus the recognition and appreciation, they deser...
02/09/2016
Veterans Affairs again denies Agent Orange benefits to Navy vets

And the uphill fight for Vietnam veterans to receive the benefits, and thus the recognition and appreciation, they deserve for serving their country in its time of need continues...

http://pilotonline.com/news/military/veterans/veterans-affairs-again-denies-agent-orange-benefits-to-navy-vets/article_55e837f4-0607-5bed-aabf-7232b9bd43d0.html

A federal court had ordered the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to reassess its policy denying Agent Orange benefits to some 90,000 so-called Blue Water Navy veterans who served off

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Hello All, As a former member of Squad 2, finally got on Facebook (Mike). Wanted to say hello and even though I am not longer with Volunteers of America still believe in the mission and still provide Peer Support in my new position as Supportive Services Manager with Operation Stand Down Tennessee, wish you all well and feel free to stay in touch. Thanks For All You do... Clyde Vincent 🤣