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 raise competency in trauma informed care.
          4. To reduce Veteran hospitalizations.

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 military 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

Real Stories



About Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation

Grief is a natural human response to losing someone or something, and it can take on many forms.  The most common understanding of grief is that it is what we feel when someone dies, and the military is no stranger to death.

                                                                                                                                     A Testimonial to Our Vision

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.


USMC, Vietnam 1970