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Community organizations train for being veteran mentors

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Capital Area, a CAPCOG program, held a full-day training in April for community service organizations to learn how to better support veterans and their families that seek assistance. The ADRC will bring the Military Veterans Peer Network back to CAPCOG in the fall to teach a second course because of its popularity.

“The unserved veteran’s population is growing in the Capital Area, as many veterans do not self-identify,” said Vivian Harris, ADRC coordinator. “The role of the Peer Network is to locate such veterans and encourage them to seek the benefits and services they need and are not currently receiving. Many veterans are unaware they are eligible for such support services.”

As a primary connection between older adults and the disabled and the organizations providing services, the ADRC wants to ensure it and these service organizations are reaching and addressing veterans’ needs properly. The course introduced its attendees to military cultural competency, common non-visible injuries and disabling conditions, treatment options, and the many resources available to veterans. It also focused on how to communicate with veterans and serve as an effective mentor to them. “Knowing these topics and communication principles can make all the difference in someone receiving the appropriate support services and as the ADRC we want connect everyone to the best, most fitting service needed,” Harris said.

> Learn about the ADRC.
> Learn about The Veterans Peer Network.

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