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Veteran Services

Veteran Services

Veterans Empowered through Transitional Services (VETS)

Empowerment.

The VETS program assists male veterans who have struggled with returning to civilian life after their service via transitional housing set in a therapeutic community, recovery and life enrichment classes, case management, and homebound services. Veterans deserve respect and recognition for their service to our country, but more so, they deserve to live healthy and fulfilling lives after their service has ended. In reality, far too many veterans fall into a cycle of poverty and homelessness.

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The need.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans, which translates to about 40,056 people. There are about 1.4 million other veterans that are at risk of homelessness because of poverty, lack of support systems, and poor living conditions. According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 1 in 10 soldiers seen in the VA that are returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have a problem with alcohol or other drugs Higher rates of physical and emotional trauma, substance abuse, and unemployment make veterans twice as likely to become homeless than non-veterans. Although these individuals are revered for their service, there is a monumental lack of programs and social networks to help returning soldiers adjust to civilian life.

How it works.

Similar to the Freedom program, VETS is a progressive, structured program that focuses primarily on skill mastery. In partnership with the VA, services can be offered to honorably discharged Veterans free of charge via the GPD program. Our hope is that our clients master the skills to thrive in their personal health and wholeness and be contributors to their families and communities. The standard program plan covers nine months of residential recovery and one month of aftercare, however, all recovery plans are uniquely structured per the needs of the individual. During their time here, Veterans attend classes, support groups, and case management meetings 6 nights each week.

The method.

  • Addiction Education
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Spiritual Development
  • Emotional Intelligence Therapy
  • Sexual Health & Wellness
  • Cultural Competence
  • Anger Management

"Veterans have the skills employers want - discipline, motivation, leadership, and the ability to work on a team."

Bobby Kotick

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Giving & Caring

One of our donors recently received this email from a personal friend. This is an excellent example (one of many) of how your support of Harvest House has a direct impact on so many lives.   “Dear (Anonymous Donor), I have noticed that one of your charities is the Harvest House.

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Joe

While growing up in Staten Island, NY, Joe ran with a tough crowd and became alienated from his family. “I grew up with some really horrendous people,” Joe recalls. Then, facing prison time, Joe decided to join the Army—intent on leaving his demons behind. Joe became a highly trained soldier

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Kevin

I am 60 yrs. old & a US Vet…I served in the US AirForce from ’77-’80, as a ‘combat security police officer’ in Germany. I volunteered for six yrs., not the under pressure of a judge or family. I had a plethora of impediments and no support from my superiors resulting

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"During their service, men and women in our Armed Forces live by a common creed, promising never to leave a soldier behind. We should live by the same principle. When our veterans are asked to travel hundreds of miles for care that's offered right next door, we simply aren't living up to that standard, and something has to change."

John Delaney