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Women Veterans Center Profile!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Philadelphia Citizen profile on our Women Veterans Center!

 

“Women make up the fastest growing population of vets; post-9/11, their numbers have become the highest in American history. One percent of the population are veterans; 10 percent of that one percent are women.

 

“A defined ‘separate’ space is incredibly important as some women veterans may not otherwise seek the help they need or feel comfortable opening up in a male-dominated setting,” says Lincoln Strehle, Deputy Executive Director of the Veterans Multi-Service Center. “VMC was determined to break down that barrier, and the Women Veterans Center was established for all women veterans to come and seek the services they truly deserve in a comfortable setting.” 

 

Some of that is out of emotional need: 1 in 6 female vets report being sexually assaulted during their service, and many suffer from PTSD. For them, male-dominated vet centers can be more traumatizing than comforting. But the WVC—which accommodates veterans and their families from Korea to post-9-11—is also about empowerment.

 

Women veterans are underrecognized—and when they are they are often represented as downtrodden women whom society should feel bad for because they have been sexually assaulted. The truth is that the number of women serving in the military is growing and they are now working in jobs within the military where they weren’t previously allowed, such as on the front line in combat roles. WVC is creating a “space where women can thrive,” says Anna Stormer, Coordinator of the WVC.

 

See the full profile by Philadelphia Citizen here and find out more about our Women Veterans Center

 

South Jersey Benefits Clinic

 

MILLVILLE, NJ - We are grateful to have had the opportunity to serve 54 Veteran households - including 32 households with new claims and many others with utility, heating, and other assistance!

 

 "This is a semi-annual event that we are able to provide here at our location," said Ryan McGoldrick, program manager, serving Southern New Jersey and Delaware, for Veterans Multi-Service Center. "It's by the generosity of our VA partners who are able to come here on site, and that's something that really is hard to come by in southern New Jersey—finding those VA representatives to be able to talk to them one on one, and get service at the point of contact, [which] can be challenging here."

 

 See more of this SNJ Today Article here

Reaching our Goal in Delaware!

DOVER, DE - Today, Vice President Biden, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Delaware Governor Jack Markell have announced the END of Veteran Homelessness in Delaware! VMC is proud to be part of the announcement of this historic milestone and to continue this important work throughout the region.

 

 

What better way to celebrate Veterans Day?!

 

 

#RewriteTheCardboard

Read more:

From the Delaware News Journal: Michelle Obama Highlights Dover's Work for Homeless and Officials celebrate 'effective end' to veteran homelessness

Students' Creative Solution for Vets

NEHS

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Students from NEHS #RewriteTheCardboard!

Shout out to the amazing students at Northeast High School for joining us to “Rewrite The Cardboard”!

 

In an effort to reduce food waste, this team of students is participating in The Aspen Challenge. They have collected perishable and non-perishable foods that otherwise would be thrown away and donated them to our kitchen!

 

Monday through Friday we serve breakfast AND lunch to local Veterans and donations like these are incredible. We are grateful to be part of this creative initiative. Way to go NEHS Meraki Vikings!

 

(Sign reads: "We are Team Meraki. We reduce food waste and donate food with love, passion, and purpose to #RewriteTheCardboard")

 

**UPDATE: Team Meraki won their competition in Philadelphia and are going on to compete this summer in Aspen, Colorado before influential leaders like Bill Gates! Congrats Team Meraki! We can't wait to see what's next!**

Helping fellow vets make transition

Tim Perimeter

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Veterans Multi-Service Center knows what it means to serve.

 

The majority of our staff are Veterans themselves who understand the challenges Vets face when coming home. Our Executive Director, Retired Army Col. Tim Williams, is no exception...

 

This week, he told Philly.com about his transition to civilian life:

 

"My entire identity was tied up in wearing a uniform since I was 17," he said. "I turned 18 in basic training. Emotionally, retirement was tough on me. I thought I was ready… but I wasn't prepared mentally for what happened to me…

 

"I'm a Special Forces guy. I thrive on volatile and uncertain environments. So it took me six months to come to grips with never wearing a uniform again."

 

Williams has seen many friends leave the service and "have nothing to strive for, and get lost. Or some come home with issues which are exacerbated" without daily routines.

 

Now, he is dedicated to helping his fellow Veterans make the transition.

 

He oversees our staff of 135 people across 11 facilities in three states, including two transitional-housing facilities on the grounds of Coatesville VA Medical Center; a thrift store on Frankford Avenue; and Central PA and South Jersey.

 

The VMC is no small operation, but there is a lot of work to be done.

 

Join Tim and the VMC to help our Vets in transition: Donate Today!

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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