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Oak Hill Launches New Initiative: Veterans Count

Oak Hill announces the launch of a new initiative in Connecticut, Veterans Count, to provide critical, timely, assistance and services to Veterans, caregivers, National Guard, Reservists, Gold Star and Blue Star families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

Veterans Count is a model of support created by Easterseals New Hampshire and is being rolled out nationally; a care management program that helps people connect to what they need. It is the goal of Veterans Count to create awareness for not only the existence of the facilities, but, also how they are being made available to Veterans and Veterans organizations to further programs providing assistance to military members, past and present and their families. It is the expectation that various locations will become ‘Rally Points’ for the constituencies needing services.

To accomplish this, Oak Hill, through its Easterseals affiliate, is promoting the use of its facilities in addressing the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Addiction, Physical Rehabilitation and more. Additionally, through its existing and growing partnerships Veterans Count is actively addressing the issues associated with Veterans homelessness, unemployment and underemployment.

“This is an important and vital addition to Oak Hill and its programs. Another opportunity for the organization to continue to expand its continuum of care to another underserved population in Connecticut,” said Barry Simon, Oak Hill’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Some of the affiliated programs include: Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, An Oak Hill Center (Bristol), Easterseals Camp Hemlocks (Hebron), New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), An Oak Hill Center (Hartford), and Gilead Community Services, Inc.(Middletown).

“It is the vision of Veterans Count to provide facilities and services through existing and future programs that will positively impact and assist in negating the 20 Veteran suicides that are taking place nationally on a daily basis,” said Steve Dunkle, Senior Director of Veterans Count.

About Oak Hill:

Oak Hill’s mission is to set the standard, partnering with people with disabilities, to provide services and solutions promoting independence, education, health and dignity.  The circle of care we deliver involves a continuum of services that helps guide our participants to increased independence and better health, over time.  Our network supports people of all ages – from birth to seniors. Programs are in place for all levels of need.    For up-to-date information about Oak Hill, please visit www.OakHillCT.org, www.facebook.com/CIBOakHill, and on Twitter at @OakHillCT. Oak Hill is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) organization.

 

About Veterans Count:

Our mission is to provide critical and timely assistance and services to Veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being. For more information contact Steve Dunkle at steve.dunkle@oakhillct.org.

 

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