Empowering Arms
Empowering Arms
Author: KHOU Staff
Published: 11:54 AM CDT May 25, 2017
Updated: 5:13 PM CDT September 4, 2018
COMMUNITY 10 Articles

INSPIRING STORIES OF VETERANS SERVING VETERANS

PRESENTED BY: THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS 716

EXPLORE

Empowering Arms

COMMUNITY
Chapter 1

HURRICANE HARVEY VETERANS

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of veterans stepped up to help those in need. Utilizing their military skills, the veterans at Combined Arms, Team Rubicon and the Travis Manion Foundation spear-headed the relief efforts, providing rescue and reconstruction work to those who desperately needed it. A year later, these veterans are still volunteering their time to rebuild communities all over the city.

Chapter 2

WOMEN VETERANS DAY

Women Veterans Day celebrates, validates, and commemorates the service of women in the military since 1948, when President Truman signed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. Celebrated annually on June 12th, the recognition is not intended to separate, but be a day of education and change, highlighting Veterans issues that a particular to women.

Chapter 3

GRACE AFTER FIRE

Grace After Fire is a veterans organization dedicated to teaching, developing and listening to the woman veteran and her needs upon returning home. They commit to assisting in the transition back into family life, achievements in the work place, and pursuit of happiness. They do this not by putting a Band-Aid on the wounds of post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, depression, or substance abuse, but by giving time and space for women Veterans to listen, connect and heal with one another.

Chapter 4

CALVARY STEEL MINISTRIES

Calvary Steel Ministries is a veterans organization that offers free faith based counseling, programs, and a church for those struggling with the soul wounding of Post-Traumatic Stress. Their vision is to honor God by providing a place for veterans, first responders, and civilians from all walks of life to come and share in the healing and redemptive power of Christ.

Chapter 5

IBEW 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.

Chapter 6

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.

Chapter 7

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.

Chapter 8

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.

Chapter 9

CAMP HOPE

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.

Chapter 10

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