Supporting our nation’s Veterans on the 4th of July

As we celebrate our nation’s 245th birthday on July 4th, let’s not forget the men and women who sacrificed and continue to sacrifice for our independence.

Most civilians are thinking about the BBQs, the fireworks, and a day off work. Veterans and their families, families of fallen soldiers, and current service members are thinking deeper. It’s Independence Day. It’s a day to honor and remember those that have fought for our independence and those who continue to fight.

For many Veterans, a different kind of fight commences when they return to civilian life. Volunteers of America is dedicated to helping those Veterans, with statewide programs in Montana and Wyoming.

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One of the biggest resources they provide is Supportive Services for Veteran Families, a program dedicated to Veterans who have experience homelessness and their families. Through this program, they don’t only assist with finding homes, but with addressing the underlying issues that may be affecting the situation, such as mental health concerns, drug or alcohol dependence, PTSD, or a variety of other concerns.

As we celebrate Independence Day, remember that it is important to be sensitive to those who have PTSD and get triggered by fireworks. If you know someone like that, think before you light a firework around them. We always talk about protecting our animals from the loud bangs on the 4th. Let’s not forget to consider our neighbors and loved ones.

Did you know?

  • Volunteers of America is committed to serving our nation’s veterans
  • Freedom Hall in Sheridan provides transitional housing as well as service coordination for homeless veterans
  • Offices in Casper, Cheyenne, Riverton, and Sheridan provide employment services for homeless veterans through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
  • The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides rapid rehousing and homeless prevention for veterans all across Wyoming and Montana.
  • The Riverton, Wyoming office provides assistance through both SSVF and HVRP

For veterans experiencing a housing crisis, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is designed to assist with housing stability. Housing is the first step to reintegration into society and to employment. Eligible veterans receive case management and referrals to Veteran Administration (VA) and community resources. For the purpose of securing or maintaining permanent housing, participants may be eligible to receive short-term financial assistance.

The SSVF Program provides eligible veteran families with outreach, case management, assistance obtaining VA benefits, other supportive services, and financial assistance.

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