King County Military Veteran Renewal Operation
Our mission is to work with and advocate for Veterans to secure the services they may be eligible for. We help all Veterans, regardless of discharge status. We will support Veterans in establishing coping strategies, maintaining resiliency, identifying strengths and transferring skills, and creating a new purpose and a renewed sense of community.
This initiative has several objectives:
First, we will provide ongoing Case Management to Veterans to ensure a smooth transition back to civilian life. Second, we will assist Veterans in taking a look at their situations, not just one or two barriers, but a holistic approach to their life as a whole. Third, we are aware of the problems that many Veterans may have and we want to ensure that all Veterans are engaging in services in their communities they may need.
Operation Veteran Renewal Services
We have a straightforward motto that guides our work. We say, “When people need help, we will be there.” And that is what we mean. As a result, Operation Veteran Renewal is designed to support the needs of Veterans. We offer a special Case Management as part of our work. And we provide Veterans with referrals to our partnering agencies. We thoroughly assess the barriers Veterans are encountering, work on establishing goals, and guiding Veterans on implementing an action plans to secure success. We work with each Veteran at a pace which will create stability and success.
We have numerous techniques we deploy to move toward re-establishing structure, purpose and a new mission. So don’t be shocked or surprised when we use terms like Motivational Interviewing or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). These methods are all applied to every unique situation to enable Veterans to create healthier cognitive thinking. We realize that every Veteran has a different story and we are here to help each and every Veteran, whatever their story may be.
Who is eligible for Operation Veteran Renewal?
At this time, St. Vincent de Paul is focused on serving all Veterans, specifically OIF/OEF who have experienced one or more of the following:
- Service connected barriers to successfully transitioning into civilian life
- Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and or/ Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Been involved in the criminal justice system and reintegrating back into civilian life
- Loss of employment
- No one to talk to and/or feeling disconnected from others
Down Range Service Expansion
As soon as practicable, we will expand our Operational Veteran Renewal services, offering specialized services for women and a mentorship program. We firmly believe that everyone is unique. We tailor a program that fits the situation. We don’t use a cookie-cutter approach to slot people into something. We work with Veterans to design a program that works for them.
In an effort to work toward employment readiness, transitioning Veterans as well as those with PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and/or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), are encouraged to volunteer in a controlled environment at our Georgetown Food Bank. This activity will be supported by our Veterans Program Coordinator as well as trained food bank staff. Employment readiness will involve interview preparation, transferring skills, resume and CV, skills assessment, job search, employment stability, and other factors relating to job readiness.