VA’s Commission for Care meeting on 18-19 April 2016

  The Commission for Care commissioners met on 18-19 April 2016 to continue to discuss ways to reform the VA. The commission consists of 14 members selected by President, Speaker of House, Majority and minority of both houses. Commissioners For Care: Nancy M. Schlichting, Chairperson (Nominated by resident) Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, Vice Chairperson (Nominated by Speaker of the House, US Air Force) Michael A. Blecker (Nominated by Minority Party, Army) David P. Blom (Nominated by Sp...
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Florida’s Veterans Live Matter Memorial Day/Rally for Suicide Prevention

Memorial Day for Service members who completed Suicide Memorial Day is just around the corner. It is a day the nation remembers all the service members who died for this country. All except the ones who completed suicide. Last year Veterans Counseling Veterans and Post 5 held a "Florida Lives Matter" Memorial Day/Rally. We chose the 22 May to acknowledge the 22 a day Veteran suicide rate in the U.S.  We chose to combine our memorial with a rally to show we haven't forgotten and we care. &...
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Licensing Fee Waived for Military Veteran’s Mental Health Counselors

Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response System (VALOR) Florida’s Department of Health recognizes the challenges military service members and their spouses face defending this country. Mental Health Counselors face difficult barriers when applying and renewing for licensure in a state they are assigned. Florida’s Department of Health created the Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response System (VALOR) to reduce some of the barriers getting licensure and rene...
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Intercept Model and Veterans Treatment Court

Intercept Model and Veterans Treatment Court Veterans Counseling Veterans INC, will use the globally accepted “Sequential Intercept Model” as a framework to assist Veterans enrolled in a Veterans Treatment Court Program. The Sequential Intercept model as five intercept points for potential mental health services. 1. Law Enforcement and Emergency Services                                                         2. Booking/Initial Hearing 3. Jail and Courts 4. Re-Entry 5. Community...
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Active Duty Suicides Increase by 20 %; Not a VA problem but a DoD problem

  Active Duty Suicides Increase by 20 %; Not a VA problem but a DoD problem DoD just released it's 2nd Quarter suicide data and it shows a 20 % increase. According to the report, Marines had the highest increase, followed by Army. The sad part is after awhile the public becomes desensitized to this horrible news. What even more frustrated is the conflation that inevitably happens when we get this news. Everyone will start blaming the VA for not doing enough and all of the VA bashers w...
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Advisory Committee on Women Veterans Town Hall on 22 Sep

"Ellsworth "Tony" Williams (President/CEO for Veterans Counseling Veterans) attended the 4 day Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (ACWV).  On the second day of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans conducted a Town Hall at the Women's Memorial Cemetery in Arlington, VA. As I sat down to write my experience, I knew I was at a crossroad. Tell the truth and be prepared to be blacklisted, shunned and uninvited to any advisory committee event in the future or describe a Pollyanna experience, ...
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85 % Veteran Counselors cannot work at VA because of VA’s Policy

The VA has adopted a policy that effectively shuts to door on over 85 percent of Veterans in the Mental Health professionals from working at any Veteran Hospital as a mental health provider. Their policy requires all Licensed Professional Counselors to have graduated from a Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) accredited institution with no exception or grandfathering for those who already graduated from a non CACREP  school. The "Twist" is CACREP accreditation w...
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Veterans Helping Veterans

I founded "Veterans Counseling Veterans INC with the idea that we should be taking care of each other. I have spent 44 years of my 53 years in a military culture (Dependent and soldier). My rebrand/rebirth began in 2007, that means I am only 9 years old as a civilian. I stubbornly try to hang on to what I've learned even it doesn't fit in my 'new" real world. Whenever you go on a long patrol, every now and then you have to stop, take a break and check your azimuth. The key is knowing when to ...
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Florida’s Veterans Lives Matter Vigil

Veterans Counseling Veterans will sponsor a vigil to recognize Veterans who tragically completed suicide. The event will be on 22 May along Bayshore and Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa Florida . The 22nd day was chosen to represent the 22 a day completed suicide by a Veteran. The vigil will provide the opportunity for all those affected by the Veterans' Suicide to observe, demonstrate and pray with others who also care about the tragic effects suicide has on not just an individual but the community as we...
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