VAC Veterans Advocacy Council.

So  here is something I am taking on: I joined the Tampa Veterans Advocacy Council.  I was briefly involved with it 6 years ago but I stop going to the meetings, however recently I decided  that I would join and see what good I can.

I am going to focus on three areas: first build the organization, the VAC is lacking in membership. The second one is doing their social media outreach. I have already started up a Facebook account and will set up a twitter soon.  I really want to get vets and the public involved in this.  Thirdly, I will work with veterans, try to be there for them.  I also want to bring attention to Moral Injury and how the VA will address it.  There are other issues I want to give my attention.  Peer to Peer counseling and the changes I feel need to be made.

Here are the Goals of the VAC:

1.     TO BUILD A WORKING ALLIANCE BETWEEN VETERANS, STAFF, ADMINISTRATION, FAMILY, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS (  COMMUNITY PARTNERS ) TO ENSURE THE DELIVERY OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AT JAHVH ( INCLUDING ASSOCIATED CLINICS AND COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS ).

2.    TO FOSTER AND EXCHANGE VETERAN ADVOCACY THROUGH THE COLLECTION OF INFORMATION, EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION,  AND PROVIDING FEEDBACK.   TO STRIVE TOWARD A WELL INFORMED VETERAN POPULATION THROUGH EDUCATION ON CURRENT TREATMENT AND PROGRAM POLICIES, AS WELL AS POSSIBLE ADDITIONS TO THE MENU OF SERVICES TO INCREASE RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE.
3.    ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT, ENHANCEMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOVERY ORIENTED CARE TO VETERANS.
4.  AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST,  ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:  PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLNESS,   DE – STIGMATIZATION, PEER SUPPORT,  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND PARTNERSHIP IN DECISION MAKING.

 

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“Do you battle inside yourself? Maybe often? Do you feel conflicted? You want something but feel you shouldn’t have it. You don’t do something but feel you should have. Isn’t that true? Would it be accurate to say, at times, you want to escape the turmoil inside?

You want to rid yourself of certain thoughts or feelings that cause discomfort or pain?

Everyone has some at times. We encounter ourselves. We experience anger when we promise ourselves we wouldn’t get mad. We have regrets we know we should move past or we fear the future when we know we need not. Is this you at times?

I certainly have felt this way.

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