The Community Foundation of South Alabama has just released the findings of its Southwest Alabama Veterans Needs Assessment (SAVNA) and the results are both resounding and illuminating.
Inspired by his father, who served 40 years in the Alabama Army National Guard 115th Expeditionary Signal Battalion including an 18-month tour in Mosul, Iraq, Jay Watkins is ready to roll up his sleeves at Veterans Recovery Resources.
About a year ago, I took a criminal defense appointment in District Court involving a young veteran charged with some drug and alcohol offenses. He already had a DUI conviction in Municipal Court, and he was on probation for that. This veteran needed help. His history and symptoms were classic.
The start of a new year is a fresh slate for most of us–a chance to wipe away the past and forge ahead with new resolutions and experiences. This holds true for veterans as well, in spite of the memories they cannot erase.
“Veteran suicide has got to stop,” explained Chris Montgomery. “I have joined Veterans Recovery Resources because I want to do anything that I can to help prevent further tragedies from happening to guys like me who have served our country.”
“Addiction is a treatable disease,” said Jim Ware, Clinical Advisor to Veterans Recovery Resources and owner of Recovery Resources in Daphne, AL. “Understanding how the brain is impacted by substances is a health issue and one that is absolutely treatable.”
One of the central tenets of Veterans Recovery Resources is veteran peer support. As a “by veterans” organization, our team has been there and understands what veterans are experiencing.
On Veteran’s Day weekend, John Kilpatrick was invited to speak at Faith Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama at a service to honor all of those who have served us so well. The invitation came from Dr. Reginald Eggleston, a buddy of John’s from Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Lloyd Michael Austin was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of Desert Shield / Storm. Now a local small business owner with a huge heart for volunteering in the community, he has joined the Veterans Recovery Resources team to continue to give back.
A study commissioned by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the United Health Foundation, determined that there is a preparedness gap as it relates to community-based mental health providers being able to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. Veterans Recovery Resources is poised to bridge the gap.