INSPIRING STORIES OF VETERANS SERVING VETERANS
PRESENTED BY: THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS 716
IBEW 716 provides electrical construction and repair services to Houston-based businesses and organizations. Through the Helmets to Hardhats program, the union helps veterans successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry. IBEW 716 fosters a culture of service and integrity, and the union welcomes veterans of all back grounds to join the ranks.
Empowering Arms: IBEW 716
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice. Their mission – Remember. Honor. Teach. – is fulfilled by laying a live remembrance wreath upon the gravesites of our fallen heroes. The annual wreath laying ceremony started at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992 and is now performed around the country, including at the Houston National Cemetery. For more information, visit www.waahouston.com.
Wreaths Across America
PAWS FOR HEROES
Paws For Heroes brings comfort and companionship to both active duty and veteran military members by rescuing shelter dogs that have been carefully evaluated, selected and professionally trained to provide emotional support and companionship. Established in 2013, Paws for Heroes assists in providing relief to those afflicted with PTSD while delivering all services at no cost to the military member.
Photos: Paws for Heroes
DRESS FOR SUCCESS HOUSTON
The mission of Dress for Success Houston is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Part of that mission is lending support to female military veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce through unique networking opportunities with other women facing similar challenges, and by hosting veteran outreach events throughout the year. Since initiating these programs in 2013, the organization has served over 850 veterans.
Empowering Arms: Dress for Success Houston
Camp Hope opened in 2012 as a place for veterans and their immediate family members to find healing, help, and hope while benefiting from peer support and mentoring programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Houston based center offers an intensive PTSD recovery program which gets members involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing while educating the community on the invisible wounds of war. Staffed by a unique team of combat veterans and civilian pastoral staff, Camp Hope assists veterans with job placement, coordination with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and reputable veteran service organizations to assist with claims and benefits, transportation to appointments, and peer support group integration.
Photos: Empowering Arms - Camp Hope
VETERANS TREATMENT COURT
Veterans Treatment Court was created in Texas in 2009 and is a second chance for Veterans entering the criminal justice system. One of the programs that has resulted from the Court is the Veterans Court Advocacy and Mentoring Program (VCAMP). VCAMP is a peer to peer mentoring program of Veterans Serving Veterans, and the results have changed lives. For more information on VCAMP and the Veterans Treatment Courts, visit Mental Health America of Houston