Gov DeSantis’ Forward March Initiative

Veterans Counseling Veterans Inc was invited to participate in Govenor DeSantis and Danny Burgess Florida Department of Veteran Affairs Executive Director's Forward March Initiative. We will participate in the "Mental Health Committee. I had the pleasure of running into Danny Burgess, Executive Director for Florida Department of Veteran Affairs at Gov Desantis' Forward March Initiative.  VCV is committed in connecting Veterans and their families with Licensed Mental Health providers
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Veterans Counseling Veterans and American Legion Post 5 held a Memorial Service for Family members who lost a Veteran to Suicide

On 22 May 2016, Veterans Counseling Veterans and American Legion Post 5 in Tampa, FL held a special Memorial Service for family and friends who lost a veteran to suicide. Veterans committing suicide is a National epidemic but it has a local solution. It requires a partnership within the entire community to effectively reduce suicide. Veterans Counseling Veterans INC and American Legion Post 5 held a special Veterans Memorial Service dedicated to the veterans who were lost to suicide on 22 Ma...
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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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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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Moral Injury

The depiction of Chris Kyle experience was black and white. We were the good guys, they were the bad guys. We would hesitate until the last minute before we would shoot a child. The enemy had no such hesitance and sometimes counted on us pausing. Was Chris Kyle experience the norm? As counselors you may have to treat a service member whose experiences were not "black and white". Read this article to get a glimpse from someone experiencing what is termed "Moral Injury". If you saw the movie, Chri...
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