The crisis facing the nation in meeting the physical and mental health needs of the Armed Forces having served in Iraq and Afghanistan is overwhelming and continues to grow. Thousands of injured military service members are returning home with hopes of successfully transitioning to civilian life. Many communities are not equipped to respond appropriately to their unique need, nor are they aware of how to best work with military and Veterans systems in the process.
Easter Seals’ Military & Veterans services respond to this call to action. As the largest provider of disability-related services to individuals with disabilities and their families, Easter Seals offers military and Veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.
The Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center) is a catalyst for inspiration, collaboration and change to ensure access to services essential for military service members, veterans, their families, and the families of the fallen to succeed in family and community life and civilian society. Partnering with Easter Seals and a network of thousands of other direct contacts, Dixon Center is a coordinating agent for the myriad of entities and individuals providing transition and reintegration support, including public and private agencies, organizations and departments spanning the philanthropic, business, government, faith-based, education, health care, housing, and social service sectors -- working nationally, regionally, and locally providing grassroots solutions. Dixon Center is a clearinghouse for collaboration, communication, sharing lessons learned, and innovative solutions delivered locally for all who serve and have served in our military.
Financial Planning for Military and Veterans
Many returning service members and Veterans are experiencing difficulty managing their finances as they reintegrate into their communities. Across the country, thousands of Veterans of all ages are struggling with unemployment, paying rent, buying food for their families, and some may even be losing their homes. Financial planning is the process of wisely managing finances and can help Veterans achieve their goals and be successful, while also learning how to negotiate the financial barriers that inevitably arise in every stage of life.
Through a collaborative relationship, and funded through the Foundation for Financial Planning (FFP), Easter Seals and the Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services are working together to share impressive and extensive financial planning tools, developed by FFP, to Veterans and their families free of charge. Through the use of these tools, Veterans can learn how to: Control Spending, Manage Credit, Reduce Taxes, Increase Savings, Buy a House, Protect Family and Assets with Insurance, Retire Comfortably and more.
Veterans Caregiver Training
Easter Seals in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs provides a Program of Comprehensive Support to eligible Veteran caregivers. Training covers topics including caregiver self care, home safety, caregiver skills, veteran personal care, managing difficult behaviors and support resources.
Services for Military and Veterans Communities
In communities nationwide, Easter Seals is being asked to help meet the needs of America’s military service members and Veterans with disabilities and their families. Our goal is to promote their successes by helping them attain their personal and family goals while becoming full participants within their own communities.
Community OneSource provides information, system and resource navigation and personalized follow-up supports for service members, Guard and Reserves and Veterans with disabilities and their families as they integrate back into their home communities.
Operation Employ Veterans™
Easter Seals Operation Employ Veterans is an internet-based interactive program designed to outline the vast benefits Veterans bring to an organization. The three one hour modules are focused on providing human resource professionals, personnel recruiters and intermediate supervisors training on hiring, retaining and understanding perceptions Veterans face in the workplace around issues such as PTSD, TBI and Veterans with disabilities.
Easter Seals believes that service members, Veterans and their families deserve services delivered in an appropriate, timely, and accessible manner. Easter Seals’ government relations team is working to influence federal and state legislation affecting service members, Veterans and their families and actively engages with Congressional staff in pursuit of these goals.
Resources and Related Links
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