Our military initiative not only provides resource information for veterans locally, we take calls and inquiries from around the United States. In 2018 we helped an 92-year old World War II female veteran find help from her community in Waunakee, Wisconsin.
Many in the civilian community are unaware that each day 20% of all US suicides are members of the military. Through collaborative partnerships in the community, we are leading the charge to change the statistic.
With returning military and their families coming into Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Joni and Friends Ministry began hosting those families at a local area retreat and resort center. We continue to participate (NINETEEN and counting!) with this amazing opportunity to share the love of Christ and healing Grace with our nation's veteran heroes.
Advising Texas Vets Cares for Health Care, (a group of stakeholders, veterans and concerned patriots) we advocate to ensure veterans know legislative information that will have long-term consequences. These efforts have culminated in meetings with the Secretary of the VA, Secretary of Veterans Health as well as legislative officials. Charlynn Johns was awarded the 2017 Honoree of the Year by Greater Dallas Veterans Council for her work.
We are proud to serve as the Veteran Partner Coordinators for the largest single day impact for homeless and underserved in the Nation. Since 2017, VA North Texas Medical Center and Homeless Veteran Services of Dallas have combined resources with the December event to serve over 1,000 veterans in the DFW Metroplex.
With an office located at the Veterans Resource Center we have coordinated volunteer events to assist with local efforts of Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas, as well as Veteran Service Fairs and other community events working to help transitioning military members and their families.
Every 65 minutes a veteran dies by self-directed violence. In 2013, I saw a foreboding post from a Marine on Facebook. We had connected the prior year at a Warrior Getaway in California. His plea was palpable, and his request has been one of the most rewarding of the ministry.
"Give me five reasons to live each day."
"I can do that!" I replied. Logan's Five is the chronicle of five reasons to fight, five reasons to stay alive, five reasons to hope, five reasons for faith.
Over five years later, we're here to encourage you to make a difference one day at at time.
“Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one..." Matthew 18:12 The Message