Veterans Invoking Vocations
Facts about homelessness in Colorado could never be accurate; there are too many to keep track of! The Exodus Road saves and prevents sex trafficking while people in camo are left to be treated as the criminals kidnapping those children. Moreover, 22 veterans commit suicide every day! Are there organizations to help the veterans of Colorado?
After attending the programs honoring veterans in Teller County, the answer is yes. Where help is needed, locals found their niche in helping veterans in a various number of ways.
Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition is a non-profit based in Colorado Springs but is not limited to helping people in this area. For 16 years, it’s the only organization to provide homes for the homeless veterans. The organization offers a multitude of programs; there is a drug program that lasts for 30 days to help veterans get back on their feet and off of a substance, 90 days for veterans in need of shelter and a 2 year transitional housing program which helps the veterans to find permanent housing after 2 years in transitional, if needed. There are many organizations in Teller County who support this cause and refer clients to the dedicated participants of the Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition.
Operation TBI Freedom is another successful and helpful organization whose mission is to transition veterans back to a normal life. 20% of all veterans post 911 experienced the blow of IEDs; this program helps the hermits who aren’t keen on re-entering the public eye. Services provided by Operation TBI Freedom involves a 90 minute interview and a follow up 30 days after, emergency assistance, and PTSD courses as over 90% of veterans suffer from this disease.
The Independence Center meets the 2nd Tuesday and reaches out to All Vets, All Wars. The dedicated people involved with this organization helps veterans to find benefits and navigate through disability laws. They also empower veterans to help others, there is a course on how to communicate with veterans of all wars and also a partnership program to help Veterans stay in homes.
For those uninterested in staying at home and are looking for a retreat minded retirement, Veterans Community Living Centers are located throughout Colorado and provides top notch nursing care for residents. Families can live together here and enjoy camping trips, museums, games, and a real sense of home among many other opportunities.
Heroes Pack is a new 501(c)3 that aims to not only up the number of service dogs trained but also train veterans to be trainers. On average in Colorado, there are 12 dogs trained per year while 200 sat on the capped off waiting list. This dog training academy will help veterans and enable them to do the same for more than 12 people per year with leadership and training classes offered for any veteran interested in getting involved.
During the ceremony of honoring veterans, one man spoke personally of his experience with his service dog, “I’m not a bloody zombie who feels like eating a bullet every day.” Though it brought a chuckle to the crowd in the way that it was expressed, there was lingering seriousness. After Vietnam, there weren’t many services for returning service men; they were left jobless and often unable to return to normalcy. Though there is much work to be done, thankfully, people have discovered this undying need and have set intentions of helping veterans in every and any way they can. Thanks to all who were responsible for the assemblies last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All were nothing short of innovative, informing, and inspiring. God Bless Our Troops and all those aiming to help the welfare of the citizens of the United States of America.