Veteran Wellbeing Model

It is important to understand that Gaston County does not fully appreciate the various reintegration challenges experienced by the Veteran. Significant reintegration challenges, to name a few, can include mental and physical trauma, the inability to transfer military skills into the work place and the stigma of being wounded mentally or physically.
These challenges often inhibit the Veteran from gaining a sense of stability and achieving their Veteran identity. In a real sense, the Veteran is anonymous to the community.

GCVC Well-Being Model*

*Adapted from Easter Seals Dixon Center

Veteran Mission

Goal

The Veteran and their family have a sense of purpose through work, educational services, volunteering or community engagement opportunities.

Indicators of Success - Veterans and their families are known and “Welcomed Home.”

  • Employers, educational entities, volunteer and community engagement coordinators know their Veteran population.
  • Employer Human Services personnel know how to refer to YMCA Gaston Resource Gateway.
  • School Counselors know their Veteran families and how to refer to the YMCA Gaston County Resource Gateway.
  • School McKenny Vento Counselors know the children of Veterans and can refer parents of the children to the YMCA Gaston Resource Gateway.
  • United Way, Goodwill, Salvation Army and Red Cross know how to refer to YMCA Gaston Resource Gateway.
  • Veterans assist each other with job referrals, educational insight, volunteering or community engagement opportunities on the Gaston County Veteran Community Facebook page.
  • Elected officials know of the vision of the Gaston County Veteran Collaborative and call upon the GCVC to gain a sense of Gaston County Veteran wellbeing.

Key Obstacle to be Addressed

Educational, Human Resource, Non-Profit providers and Volunteer and Community Coordinators are unaware of Veteran benefits for education nor are they aware of the skills that Veterans provide the volunteer, community engagement workforce.

Veteran Security

Goal

Veteran has a sense of safety and stability through emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing with wrap around supportive services that help the Veteran sustain stable housing.

Indicators of Success

  • Homeless Veterans are identified through the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) coordinated assessment and referred to Supportive Services for Veteran Families Case Mangers within 48 hours of being identified as a homeless Veteran.
  • Sufficient transitional housing exists to provide temporary housing for a minimum of 90 days while the Veteran is working to obtain permanent housing.
  • Landlords are educated and receptive to HUD VASH vouchers for low income Veterans
  • Supportive services from County DHHS, Law Enforcement, Public Defenders Office, United Way, Goodwill, Salvation Army and Red Cross have Veteran identification questions within their intake and community engagement systems and know how to refer Veterans to YMCA Gaston Resource Gateway and the Gaston County Veteran Facebook page.
  • Elected officials know of the vision of the Gaston County Veteran Collaborative and call upon the GCVC to gain a sense of Gaston County Veteran wellbeing.

Key Obstacle to be Addressed

The gap between identifying a homeless Veteran and housing a Veteran needs to be closed. The social services, law enforcement, emergency services, court system and community support agencies need to incorporate questions and identifiers within their intake systems that help Veterans self-attest to their military service so appropriate wrap around support services are offered to help create stability to help lead the Veteran to permanent housing.

Veteran Support

Goal

Veteran health care and benefit providers are accessible and Veteran have access to systems of care.

Indicators of Success

  • Gaston County Veteran Service Office assists in the coordination, enrollment and appointments for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salisbury, the Community Based Outreach Clinic and the Health Care Center in Charlotte as well as all associated benefits for qualified Veterans and their families.
  • Veteran Administration Emergency mental health care processes are known by all emergency first responders, CaroMont Health and Partners Behavioral Health.
  • Elected officials know of the vision of the Gaston County Veteran Collaborative and call upon the GCVC to gain a sense of Gaston County Veteran wellbeing.

Key Obstacle to be Addressed

Veterans are often confused as to access to care because non-VA systems of care do not understand Veteran access to care. Many health care providers are not in the TRICARE network causing Veterans to access care that creates a financial burden on both the Veteran and the non-TRICARE providers.

Veteran Resilience

Goal

Veterans have available support architecture that assists the Veteran in bouncing back from crisis or trauma.

Indicators of Success

  • Gaston County Veteran Facebook page has a road map for being “Welcomed Home.”
  • Veteran Service Organizations routinely refer Veterans to the Gaston Resource Gateway and the Resource Gateway connects Veterans to the various Veteran Service Organizations to help establish resilience networks.
  • Gaston County faith networks routinely refer Veterans to the Gaston Resource Gateway and the Resource Gateway connects Veterans to the faith networks help establish resilience networks.
  • Gaston County social support agencies establish Veteran communities within their organizations that help recreate military camaraderie.
  • Veterans are referring Veterans to the Gaston Resource Gateway and the Gaston County Veterans Facebook page.
  • Elected officials know of the vision of the Gaston County Veteran Collaborative and call upon the GCVC to gain a sense of Gaston County Veteran well-being.

Key Obstacle to be Addressed

The Veteran social networks and faith networks are not known and in many cases, are not participated in at the local levels by Veterans. For many Veterans, the internet is their means of socialization, however this may not be enough, for some Veterans will still need the human touch to bounce back from crisis and trauma.