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  • 1. CAROLINA VETERANS HELP FOR THE FORGOTTEN On any given night in North Carolina, 1,659 men and women veterans are homeless! On any given night in North Carolina, 182 funded beds are available for homeless vets! On any given night in North Carolina, 1,477 men and women veterans are without a bed! These numbers will only grow with returnees from Iraq! Source Long March HomeCarolina Veterans Support Group
  • 2. CONSIDER THE VETERANSYoung men and women who joined the military for a variety of reasons: CVSG A sense of duty To follow in the footsteps of their fathers, uncles and siblings To earn money for college And often, as a Career Choice!These young men and women experienced a growing sense of pride as they worked to gain their initial proficiency in a selected MOS (Military Occupational Specialty. Equally important, each had grown in maturity and were capable of performing their duties as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States!
  • 3. CAROLINA VETERANS How do these professional men and women become someone who lives under a bridge or a camp in the woods? Is this your child? Your grandchild? Your niece or nephew?CVSG
  • 4. CAROLINA VETERANS From this To thisCVSG
  • 5. CAROLINA VETERANS Let’s talk about Multiple Deployments! CVSGRemember in 2008 when the Senate killed an amendment offered by Senator Webb of Virginia (Vietnam Veteran) to require longer rest periods between deployments? Still another reason for the growing epidemic of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder….MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS.Today, with a “Professional Force” of limited size and with the absence of a draft, Multiple Deployments have become the norm! Servicemen and Servicewomen have no time to adjust to the return to the world of the other 97% (who do not serve and have no personal stake in our Police Actions). At the same time. Preparations begin immediately for the next deployment, the servicemen must worry about their family and themselves Will you come home this time? Maybe, but you’re going again in 12 months or less! Time + Multiple Deployments = Stress No Treatment for stress = PTSD!
  • 6. CAROLINA VETERANS Time Travel! CVSG Returning Veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan all experience Time Travel! Leave from a hilltop in Vietnam, a desert outpost in Iraq or a lonely platoon outpost in Afghanistan and Poof! You’re home in 3-4 days! Talk about TIME COMPRESSION! No one can move from a dangerous combat zone to a family (civilian) setting in three short days! What do the Veterans return to find? They arrive to a “Peaceful America” where everyone seems busy with their lives and not overly concerned with the returning members of the World Police Force. The Veterans have no outward impact on the lives of the average citizen. But in 12 months or less, Veterans are expected to return to Iraq or Afghanistan with each tour strengthening the dangers of PTSD and its vicious impact on lives and families.
  • 7. CAROLINA VETERANS The Great Family Disconnect! CVSG The Great Disconnect begins at the ramp as the returning Veteran is immediately enveloped in a Sense of not belonging. The thrill of seeing loved ones overpowers the feelings of disconnect, at least for a few days. Men and women returning Returning Veterans feel they belong with the from exposure to heat and cold, to enemy Veterans still experiencing the hazards of fire, to roadside bombs, discover they deployment. The Veteran wants to get back to don’t belong to this world! their unit, but must be concerned with their families back home. What about the wives and mothers left behind assuming the role of mother and father, keeping the family together. Dependent families share the same disconnect as their spouses. Children of these families are known as Military Brats and suffer the same disconnect as their parents. Brats are shaped by moves, a culture of resilience loss of friendships, never having a hometown, absence of a parent due to deployments, strong patriarchal authority, threat of parental loss in war, stresses associated with the psychological aftermath of war (living with war-affected returning veteran parents).
  • 8. CAROLINA VETERANS CVSG So the Great Disconnect has an impact on the Military Family, not just the service man or woman. Time + Multiple Deployments + Family Difficulties = Stress No Treatment for Stress = PTSD
  • 9. CAROLINA VETERANS The Final Straw…………..Finding a Job! CVSG Veterans leave the service and experience one family difficulty after another with no idea that many of their problems are a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They now face the last and greatest obstacle to a safe return to a civilian life with their family and children enjoying their time together. Finding a job! The first shock comes when the Veteran discovers employers are not impressed by their duties in the military and have no idea what a MOS means or place a value on that MOS. The two most important factors in the job market are presently education and age. Not service education and experience, but college education. AGE? the Veteran is too young or too old. How can a 50 year old Veteran respond to a supervisor 20 years his junior? What’s the Veteran going to tell their family? They can take an entry level position below their abilities (another step towards depression)
  • 10. CAROLINA VETERANS Veterans find themselves unable to find help for their disassociation! The Veteran is suddenly homeless and has few CVSG choices of residence: • A transitional shelter Available from 5:30 PM until 8:30 AM with little or no security for personal belongings. The remainder of the time, the Homeless Veteran must remain on the street • Under a bridge Available 24/7. No security beyond the hidden location or a partner to watch over belongings! • In a camp in the woods This is the preferred shelter because the Veteran can protect their personal belongings by grouping together…but still all camps are temporary and usually unsuitable for Female Veterans or Veterans with children..
  • 11. CAROLINA VETERANS At least it’s warm and dry for a while anyway! CVSG How can a transitional shelter Homeless shelters have highprovide assistance to a Homeless sounding mission statements. Veteran when shelter rules only Programs are intended to permit overnight “Emergency rekindle a desire to return to a Shelter”? meaningful and productive life. Yet the only mention of a There are often “dormitories” Homeless Veteran is to providing 6 month programs to comment that about 20% of theVeterans willing to participate in a shelter population are Veterans. program intended to lead aVeteran to self sufficiency. How There doesn’t seem to be any can anyone lead a Veteran programs intended to address suffering from PTSD to self the specific difficulties faced by sufficiency in only 6 months? the Homeless Veteran. A Homeless Veteran is simply one of many!
  • 12. CAROLINA VETERANSMany want to help….for a while or on a special occassion! CVSG Homeless Vet Stand DownSadly, this help doesn’t last long andit usually is simply a “feel goodaction.”
  • 13. CAROLINA VETERANS The Only Way! The only way to move Homeless Veterans out from under bridges and out of the woods is to invite these Veterans to live in an area that offers (1) attractive Let’s return to the unit structure of WWII. Each permanent housing (two years), (2) adequate food company had its own company (Unit) area, and clothing, (3) security from personal invasion, (4) barracks, mess hall, orderly room and respect for their service, (5) advocate their needs with supply/armory. Rather than 4 barracks with open outside agencies of the government, and (6) re- bays, 4 dormitories. Two 50 bed dormitories for awaken their sense of responsibility to themselves men, one 50 bed dormitory for single women with and the community. a shared bath between each room for 4 ladies and one dormitory for women with children. Meeting these needs gives the Homeless Veteran a Each apartment will contain 2 bedrooms, bath sense of Shared Responsibilities between the and kitchenette. Fronting the dormitories will be a Veteran and the Pride in Self Program. dining hall as well as office areas.Carolina Veterans Support Group
  • 14. CAROLINA VETERANS Our Vision Our MissionOur vision is to develop a network of “Pride in Self” campus The Mission of CVSG is to translate our vision into adesigned to recover one of our greatest assets and that is reality! Safe haven facilities with committedthe US Veteran! Consider: advocates to facilitate continuing education, vocational training, and employment • The average Veteran is more mature and opportunities. Working with homeless responsible at the age of 25 than the average citizen Veterans, those suffering from the turmoil of at the age of 50. PTSD, and unemployed to develop and execute a • The average Veteran has learned to “Make a “Life Transition Plan” to become a Decision” while the average citizen learns to avoid a productive, sustaining Veteran who is a decision. proud, participating member of society. • A Veteran understands the importance of “Team CVSG shall instill and reinforce personal values to Work” to accomplish a goal while the average citizen include: believes in “every man for himself”, a trait exhibited • Integrity in all facets of our lives throughout our society today. • Pride in ourselves and our position as a Veteran.We intend to reclaim these valuable resources for • Responsibility for our actionsthemselves, their families, our society and country. Our • Respect for others and for ourselvesVeterans will leave one of our campus having accomplished • Innovation in our approach to life, ourtwo major goals. families, and our fellow Veterans • Excellence in every facet of our life Pride in themselves • Sustainability ensuring the continuing & improvement of the CVSG path • Perseverance to overcome any and every A commitment to Shared difficulty as a Team Responsibilities • Veteran Centered ready to lead other veterans in the CVSG path “Empowerment to Achieve - Failure is not an option”
  • 15. CAROLINA VETERANS The CVSG Pride in Self Campus! Because these facilities are attractive and well planned, all Veterans must be free from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Carolina Veterans Support Group
  • 16. CAROLINA VETERANS Pride in Self The first step is to re-introduce the Veteran to Pride in themselves. This begins by placing the CVSG Veteran in an environment reminiscent of their military experiences. The second step is to re-introduce the Veteran • Familiar surroundings; to Personal Responsibility • All residents are military Veterans; • To themselves; • All residents must subscribe to certain practices • To fellow residents; for living; • To their families; • All residents are supplied with fresh • To the community and general public clothing, bedding, etc. and are expected to renew these supplies as appropriate. Veterans are required to participate in the • All residents are to be familiar with and observe all management and maintenance of the Pride in Self standard operating procedures of the Pride in Self Facility to include all buildings and grounds. Campus.Carolina Veterans Support Group
  • 17. CAROLINA VETERANS Begin the process of Giving Back! Each Veteran will serve as advocates to program participants and will develop training guides to each advocate position. Veterans serving as advocates will assist program participants with any state or federal agency tasked with providing services to Veterans both homeless as well as other veterans. Why inaction to now? Any sensible person would raise the question. Why wasn’t this addressed by the Military Service while the Veteran was still on active duty? There seem to be many reasons: • Lack of funds • Lack of adequate services by the VA and other government agencies • Lack of leadership • Lack of commitment to the Homeless Veteran and Veterans in general • No recognition of the enormity of the problems, and • Inability to relate, many of our leaders have never served. • Out of Sight…..Out of Mind!Carolina Veterans Support Group
  • 18. CAROLINA VETERANS CVSG Whenever possible all Pride in Self Campus (Units) will be supervised by retired and/or veteran Non Commissioned Officers of all services.
  • 19. CAROLINA VETERANS Headquarters Organization CVSG S-1 Personnel S-2 Intelligence S-3 Operations S-4 Supply All Pride in Self Unit Personnel operate under the guidance of Headquarters PersonnelCarolina Veterans Support Group
  • 20. CAROLINA VETERANS CVSG The Functions of the Carolina Veterans Support Group is organized as three divisions: Team A - Fundraising Efforts Team B - Supervision of all Pride in Self Unit Construction Projects Team C - Providing Service Delivery to all Resident VeteransCarolina Veterans Support Group
  • 21. CAROLINA VETERANS Board of Directors Chairman President & CEO Pat Lloyd Eugene J. Davis USA Vietnam Veteran Colonel, USA Retired Member Treasurer Larry Reid Roberts Richard H. Lane President Roberts President, Lane Business Group, USN Financial Services Advisory Secretary Committee Jan Jacobson Retired Marilyn Kille Richard Toppe Carrboro, NC President, Raleigh, NC Member David W. Tew Richard Chiasson Bob Suber CEO. Mundusenergy USN Vietnam Veteran NC National Guard Raleigh, NC Jamestown, NCCarolina Veterans Support Group
  • 22. CAROLINA VETERANS I am a Vietnam era combat Veteran suffering from PTSD. Having lived for a time in my car, an in an abandoned building --- without heat, lights, toilet, et cetera; as a result, I intimately understand the pitfalls of PTSD! I was a military brat, and so have perhaps a wider appreciation of the difficulties that a Service Man or Woman and 2nd Bn, 1st Calvary their Families face. Division (Airmobile) 1967-1968 So many wonderful groups and individuals work to help those of us suffering from PTSD. Yet we continue to suffer from neglect! The mission of the Carolina Veteran Support Group is to bring Veterans suffering from PTSD together in a campus environment where each Veteran will have the time and the support to adjust to the impact of PTSD on themselves and their families. Most importantly, this group aims to assist each with how to regain their pride and their lives! I hope you will consider the Homeless Veteran and the statements depicted in this presentation. Together we can make a difference in so many lives. Together we can address both the problems and the solutions needed to help these Servicemen and Servicewomen to thrive again. Thank you and God Bless Pat Lloyd Gene Davis, Colonel USA Retired navaho6@gmail.com ejd5@aol.com 919-559-1057 703-798-5073 Carolina Veterans Support Group