Mission: To provide critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.
Easterseals Coastal Fairfield County, an affiliate of Oak Hill, announces the launch of a new initiative in Connecticut, Veterans Count, to provide critical and 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. It is a care management program that helps people connect to what they need. Veterans Count creates awareness of not only the existence of the supports and services for Veterans, their families, and Veterans organizations, but, it is the expectation that various locations throughout the state will become ‘Rally Points’ for the constituencies needing services.
To accomplish this, Veterans Count will leverage Oak Hill’s programs and services to support Veterans and their families in 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. “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.
“This is an important and vital addition to Easterseals /Oak Hill and our 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).