Our Vision: To help Veterans and their families find more peace in their life.
Our Mission: Meet the needs of the Veteran Community through outreach, listening, resource vetting and referrals, and being their collective voice.
Do you know about moral wounds or injury and how it compares to PTS? PTS is mainly based on fear for one’s life. Moral wounds exist when a person has seen or been a part of actions which conflict with them as a human being. My experience indicates moral wounds are much more prevalent than PTS. In no way do I take away the impact of PTS because I know many who suffer from this. The only point here is there are other things that impact those of us who served.
Colorado has 400,000 and Wyoming has 48,000 Veterans (source is VeteransData.info)
60% of Veterans are not in the VA system, some because they do not qualify
Qualified Listeners is one of the most active Veteran Support Programs in Northern Colorado & SE Wyoming. We interact with 300 Veterans each month and are gaining credibility throughout the Veteran Community because of our work. We have ongoing programs relating to our mission of supporting Veterans and are always looking for ways to improve our programs.
1) Outreach Program is two-fold: 1) seek out those who want help; and 2) educate others about the many validated resources available to them.
a. Educate them that many of us care deeply
b. They do not have to be alone anymore – our founder was alone for 39 years
c. We strongly support the PAMVET Breakfast Club program started in Loveland, CO in 2008
– Over 850 Veterans have attended the Loveland breakfast club
– Now also in Englewood – learn more at www.Pamvet.org
2) Listening Program is confidential and non-judgmental. Combat Veterans listening to Combat Veterans to help prevent suicide is what Qualified Listeners was originally based on and it remains our #1 focus. However, we’ve learned that families of Veterans also need someone to talk to. We’re working hard to meet these needs.
a. Male Veterans
b. Female Veterans
c. Spouses of Veterans
d. Children of Veterans
e. Parents of Veterans
f. Grandparents of Veterans
g. We inform Veterans and family members of the many resources available to them
3) Resource Program is comprised of a team of conventional and non-conventional resources to address the individual needs of Veterans and their families, such as mental health, addiction management, transportation, VA benefits, and many more.
a. Locate, evaluate, approve and monitor resource providers
b. Make Veterans and family members aware of the vetted resources
c. They can choose any provider that best fits their needs
d. Many services are free and others are discounted
e. We print and distribute a Veteran & Family Resource Directory quarterly to over 60 locations. The web version is updated as available
4) Collective Voice Program is simple. We ask the Veteran Community what they need and we become their collective voice to influence our validated resources. The objective is to improve the level of services provided to Veterans and their families.
a. Resource providers
b. Local government agencies
c. The Veterans Administration
e. Veteran Organizations
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