Recognizing Veterans Countby Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Posted on 2014-01-16
SHAHEEN. Mr. President, I rise today to join the New
Hampshire chapter of the Military Officers Association of America,
MOAA, in recognizing the critical work of Veterans Count, a New
Hampshire organization that has proven a critical ally in ongoing
efforts to support servicemembers, veterans, and their families. On
January 25, 2014, Veterans Count will receive the Granite State
Warriors Award, given by the MOAA to New Hampshire organizations making
the most significant contributions to the Armed Forces of the United
States. A program of Easter Seals, Veterans Count helps servicemembers
and their families throughout the deployment cycle and beyond.
The hallmark of Veterans Count's approach to providing support is their partnership with the Deployment Cycle Support Program, DCSP, which has assisted thousands of servicemembers and their families since its inception in 2007. The program was built on the understanding that the strains of a military deployment are shared and can both precede and outlast the deployment itself. Thanks to the work and collaboration of New Hampshire groups like Veterans Count, the DCSP has provided extraordinary support to veterans and their families.
Veterans Count also deserves recognition for their work addressing mental health and suicide awareness. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wounded our warriors in ways that were not previously well understood and although mental health and suicide prevention efforts are ongoing, we must do more to help those soldiers and veterans in need. Veterans Count is at the forefront of these efforts and, in 2012 alone, the group intervened successfully in 29 suicide risk situations. Moreover, since the program's inception, none of its participants have committed suicide. Veterans Count's success in suicide prevention is due in large part to their work helping veterans secure permanent employment and easy access to mental health care.
I look forward to hearing more success stories as a result of Veterans Count's determined efforts, and I am pleased to congratulate them on a well-deserved award from the Military Officers Association of America.