Project : My Brother's Keeper
This initiative is to provide real and relevant assistance to veterans in need of help at any cycle of life. These services can and will be used by those returning from OIF, OEF as well as all service veterans alike. The program is designed to facilitate a support system for Urban Inner City Veterans who may be finding the traditional systems of help not very feasible or much help at all.
- As many as 35 percent of Iraq Veterans have or will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The NIMH defines PTSD as "an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened." People who have PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories, can feel emotionally numb and can have trouble sleeping or being startled easily.
- There are more than 5.5 million U.S. veterans living with a disability.
- 260,000 veterans will be homeless this year.
- Homelessness is increasing among veterans; one out of every four homeless people is veterans, although veterans comprise only 11% of the population.
- Reports of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) are extremely high among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Unemployment rates are increasing among veterans.
- The suicide rate among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is 4 times higher than the general public.
- Domestic violence incidents and divorce rates are increasing for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Rates of substance abuse continue to be higher for veterans than for their non-military counterparts.
We propose the following solutions for identified problems:
- We will help all veterans gain and maintain suitable employment, by advocating for their hire with Businesses, Companies and Corporations, as well as different Government agencies.
- Help and facilitate any and all counseling needs for veterans. To include Metal Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, PTSD Counseling in both individual and group environments.
- Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program
- Compensation and Disability Claims Assistance
- Substance Abuse program and Homeless Shelter for Veterans
- Criminal Justice advocate for Veterans, as well as free and reduced Legal Fees for Veterans in Need
The Phoenix Consortium for Social Change
P.O. BOX 1284
Missouri City, TX 77459