Founded in 2005, Still Serving Veterans (SSV) has helped more than 1,000 wounded veterans and their families connect with the services they need to deal with life changing injuries while reintegrating into civilian lives and careers. Based in Huntsville, Alabama, SSV has become a nationally-recognized center of excellence as a grass roots-level reintegration orchestrator for wounded veterans and their families. SSV bridges the gaps, helping veterans assess their medical, vocational and counseling needs, and then connecting those veterans with existing federal, state and local support services.
Our critical asset is our thorough knowledge of what services are available and the processes for obtaining those services, combine with caring case workers who understand the unique needs of combat veterans.
As an accepted role model, SSV has been encouraged by the offices of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program and other organizations to expand its service to help wounded veterans and their families in other regions of the U.S.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are causing unprecedented numbers of traumatic, life-changing wounds. More than 35,000 service members have been wounded, more than 6,000 of those are severely disabled. There are 50,000 documented cases of post-traumatic stress disorder, with estimates that at least 200,000 additional cases have not been diagnosed, are unreported or have not yet manifested.
Donnie Jones from Operation: Stand Up presented today at the NACH Agency meeting. Operation: Stand Up is an out-growth from Donnie’s work with Operation: Stand-Down, and this new project focuses on helping homeless veterans regardless of the nature of their military discharge. Though only in its infancy Donnie’s original work with OSD and the other committed members have given this new venture a running start to provide more service to homeless veteran community. Watch for more information as things develop for this new member of NACH.