Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation

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Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation was established to embed 100% free and confidential care for Lake County Veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen and their Families regardless of their discharge status into the community through a network of Veteran volunteers, Veteran peer-to-peer specialists, and critical community resources in order to help Veterans and their families face challenges before, during and after deployments.

All information is 100% confidential.

Our Objectives are:

1. To reduce the time it takes for a warrior to ask for help.
2. To educate families supporting all military personnel through trauma informed care.
3. To inform the community of our services while we raise competency in trauma informed care for Veterans, Service Members and their families.
4. To reduce Veteran hospitalizations and homelessness.

We offer FREE support services to Veterans, active duty service members, Guardsmen, Reservists and their familiy members in a confidential setting.

  • Any American Veteran with any type of discharge.
  • Family members/support persons of Veterans or Service Members.
  • Families of the fallen.

Veterans, Service Members and their families are invited to find support for:

  • Homelessness
  • Linkage to benefits
  • Sexual trauma
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Grief and loss of those who didn't make it home
  • Deployment, re-deployment, discharge and re-integration adjustment issues
  • Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, problems with substance abuse

Testimonials to Our Vision

I want to thank you both for concern and time spent on a successful effort.  Give yourself five  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️   Paul A.     July 2016

 

Equine Therapy Letter June 2016: Hi Helena! Thank you again for the AMAZING training you offered yesterday. I was deeply moved by the experience and it just confirmed for me (even more) how much I would love for the Vets and Active Duty Members to have this experience.

 

"iRest has helped me get to sleep earlier and more easily; and get back to sleep when I've awakened during the night. Although I love my job working with special needs kids, it is often a source of significant stress - especially at the end of the year. I used to worry about how much I had to do, and not getting things done in a timely manner. The strategies you teach, specifically breathing and visualization techniques help me complete projects, let go of the things I could not complete and go back to them later. Thank you!"  --Maria, Mother of two Iraq & Afghanistan War Veterans

 

June 2016 “I’m doin’ great, thanks to you guys!  I’m working stuff out and know you will always be there to help me if I need it.  THANKS A LOT!”  Joel R.  

June 2016---I was absolutely blown away by the honesty and sincerity of Charlie’s talk about Memorial Day and what it means to him.  I had never considered how serious a day of remembrance it is.  It’s a “wake” not a party.  He’s right!      --Greg M. 

 

Dear LCVFSF:  Just want to say “Thanks!” to all of you for having Mike at our Zion Cup-A-Joe and for all you do for us at the meeting.  He is a real pleasure to be around and makes our get-togethers always upbeat.  Good Stuff!   ---Don W.

 

May 2016   ----I can't thank you enough for all that you have done for me and my daughter.  This is the best treatment I could possibly get anywhere...any time!       ---Morrie D.                                                                                                                             

January 2016----Thank you for serving, but more importantly, thank you for all your sacrifices.  You are appreciated and deserve lots of treats.   ---Maria K

Dear Fellow Vets,  I appreciate the help Carl Marro and Bob Gorman extended to me in obtaining my Cold War Service Medal. ---Kenneth S

“Good for you guys!  You are doing some really impressive work!  And thanks to Ashley for all the important information she gave me"      ---Brandon B.

Thank you so much for all of your help with my husband.  Without the help of the Foundation, I don’t know how we could have possibly made the change and the transition.  We will, of course, keep you in mind in Kentucky should we need your help. ---Brooke O.

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Thank You for starting this organization for our fellow vets. Many are reluctant to go directly to the VA for help or even a national service organization. Your organization provides an alternative and a bridge.

When first arriving in Florida I was amazed at how many vets there were. I eat at the country clubs a lot and have had many conversations with fellow vets and their spouses. It is AMAZING how many have not filed for benefits they deserve. Several of their wives have commented to me when their husbands go for a bathroom break that the husband is having a terrible time dealing with their WW2, Korea and Vietnam service and the wife does not know what to do.

I try to steer the conversation subtly towards the mental health issues that vets have when they return and often hear the reply, "the VA is all screwed up" and don't want to get involved. My opinion is it is just one of the many excuses we can make up when we are in denial of needing help. It is frustrating and heartbreaking to see them going through this, and especially on the wife's part. I do what I can. A few have responded positively when I suggested how to file for a claim, etc.  I wish I were close enough to you guys to volunteer! Anyway, we do what we can to help our brothers in arms... Who could better understand them... Sorry I have rambled on. Thanks again... Semper Gumby.   John B., USMC, Vietnam 1970