Over the past few weeks representatives of Alabama Veteran had the great opportunity to collaborate with or visit the Veteran Service Community in Houston Texas. Some of us were able to visit Houston and others worked remotely to learn from their work. All with the goal of learning what they are doing in Houston and how we can leverage it to serve the Veterans of Alabama.
The Greater Houston area is home to more than 300,000 military veterans, one of the largest concentrations in the nation. In the past 10 years. Houston has seen amazing growth in all of its sectors, from workforce, to neighborhoods, to culture, to schools. Because of this Houston is far ahead of other communities when it comes to developing programs to serve Veterans and their families.
Over the next few weeks we are going to feature a few different blog entries from different Alabama Veteran representatives focusing on what we've learned. Ben Armstrong will cover and discuss Combined Arms Houston, Chris Gill will address the efforts and the work of the PTSD Foundation and Camp Hope in Houston and Al Castillo Jr. will review the work of the Veterans Court in Houston.
Please see below for some initial information on the services to be reviewed.
Combined Arms was established to assist transitioning military veterans and their families on their path to making Houston their new home.
Their goals are to nurture a system focused on supporting organizations that provide military transition and community reintegration services, reduce program redundancies and costs and increase collaboration among programs within the system.
Camp Hope provides interim housing and services for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.
The mission of the Veterans’ Court Program is to increase access to mental health and addiction treatment by diverting veterans directly into VA treatment, improving overall mental wellness and providing the structure for a successful re-entry into the community.