The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC), the Lake County States Attorney’s office and LCVFSF celebrated the official launch of the Lake County Veterans Ambassador Program (2.0) on Armed Forces Day, May 19.
The program was created to address Veteran homelessness and suicide in a concrete way, providing transport to shelters and crisis care programs as needed for Veterans needing help from law enforcement community. After a safe night’s sleep, the VAC works with the Veteran to determine eligibility for VA benefits and community resources then connects them as appropriate.
After training to recognize the signs of Vets at risk of homelessness or suicide, Sheriff’s corrections officers, court security officers, deputies, support staff and telecommunicators work with the VAC, the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, LCVFSF and the Allen Lynch Foundation, as well as other partners to provide safe shelter for those Vets have fallen on hard times.
“Having worked closely with these organizations to improve the network of care for Service Members and their families, LCVFSF is very proud to be a part of this effort.,” said M. J. Hodgins, LCVFSF Director of Community Development, who was part of the official program kickoff.