Because no two veterans’ circumstances are the same, we review their specific needs to provide a wide range of support designed just for them. Whether it be food and clothing assistance, legal aid, help with military benefits, transportation, peer-to-peer support, or therapeutic activities, we will do whatever it takes to provide the help our veterans need to get back on their feet.
Case managers partner with clients to create individualized plans that identify and address their immediate and long-term goals, strengths, and barriers. Motivational interviewing is often employed as a means of encouraging veterans to explore their past and future expectations and to change behavior. Case managers work with VA personnel and community partners to provide the necessary resources.
Post-9/11 veterans experience higher rates of homelessness, mental illness, and underemployment than their pre-9/11 counterparts. To combat homelessness, U.S.VETS has placed a special emphasis on prevention. The Career Development Initiative is a nationally recognized program focused on helping post-9/11 veterans translate their military experience to civilian life as well as helping them to overcome other barriers to employment. Outside the Wire is another program aimed at helping post-9/11 student veterans who need mental health services in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Women veterans face a variety of challenges that include homelessness and reintegration into the family. But sexual assault or harassment while on active duty make them more likely to develop PTSD than their male counterparts. As a result, female vets have a high rate of mental health issues and suicide. At U.S.VETS our programs are designed by women veterans with women veterans’ unique needs in mind. We offer the ADVANCE Women’s Program, Women Vets on Point, and Mothers with Children Program.
Although many veterans we serve successfully graduate into permanent housing, some of them remain vulnerable. Unexpected life events such as the loss of a job, a broken relationship, or the death of loved one can sometimes cause a relapse into old habits, which could lead to relapsing into homelessness. The Judge Harry Pregerson Veteran Stabilization Program allows us to continue providing supportive services like case management, mainstream and veteran benefit advocacy, financial management, and workforce development for up to a year.