The National Veterans Foundation is pleased to feature a special Veterans Day project that uses art and the written word together. This project began as a collaboration between an artist and a poet in Crestline, California, a community in the San Bernardino Mountains. Linda Harlan-White teaches a weekly Special Needs Adult Art Class to a…

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In his recent book “Tribe”, Sebastian Junger writes, “In humans, lack of social support has been found to be twice as reliable at predicting PTSD as the severity of the trauma itself… No one goes to war and returns unaffected, and these burdens do not belong to the veteran alone – they belong to all…

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Our Strategic Summit in March was so successful in terms of participation and outcome that we created a follow-up event, a “Chat with Shad,” to coincide with an August Board meeting at our offices in Los Angeles. Several board members flew in for the meeting which rolled into a reception for Board, Staff and Stakeholders,…

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The new training program, 4 Points Builds a STAR, was developed and written by Melinda Meshad, LCSW. The training is designed for people who work with veterans whether through the VA or other veteran service organizations. Collaborating with her, in addition to NVF Founder Shad Meshad, was Dr. Charles R. Figley, current Paul Henry Kurzweg,…

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The Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative is comprised of hundreds of community stakeholders, agencies and representatives serving veterans and military families in Greater Los Angeles. Founded in 2010 and administered by the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at USC’s School of Social Work, the Collaborative meets once a month in general…

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It was September 11th. 2019. An OIF Marine Veteran called our Lifeline for Vets. Mary Ann  Mayer received the call and quickly referred him to Counselor Louis Geiger, also a Marine Vet. Louis reports, “At first, he was very quiet and nervous. He told me he did not work but stayed home alone; he had…

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The Friese Foundation has generously given a major gift to the NVF. Looking to support veterans causes, they came to our offices to meet us and see what we do. A spokesperson for the Foundation said, “I was asked by someone awhile ago why we wanted to help veterans so much. All I could say…

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Update on the Woman Veteran we featured on the front page of our Memorial Day newsletter: You might remember that her car broke down on the way to LA. Staff met her at the bus station, helped her find housing and a job. Now we’re delighted to report another happy ending: Women Veteran Outreach staff…

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The NVF is partnering with Working Pictures, Inc. (www.working-pictures.com) on a documentary about Shad Meshad’s 50-year war against veteran suicides and homelessness entitled “The Mad Man,” Shad’s moniker when he was called to Washington to develop the Vet Center Program. Filmmaker Bobby Sheehan has already started production, in addition to filming Shad and NVF staff…

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New NVF Board Member Travis Mills is the CEO and founder of LibertyID, a leading voice in identity theft, cyber-security and e-commerce circles. LibertyID resolves identity theft issues, restoring both identity and peace of mind for individuals. It also serves businesses and large corporations by preparing and responding to business data breaches, and most importantly,…

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