Since we opened our doors in 2009, Welcome Home Vets has helped veterans, active duty military, and their family members cope with problems resulting from military-related psychological trauma and issues associated with re-adjustment to civilian life.
We provide veterans and their families of all service eras with mental health services at no out-pocket cost to them. We also provide assistance navigating the complex veterans support system to identify and obtain VA benefits. We provide housing and employment referrals, information and advocacy, and community education to deepen the public understanding of the complex issues veterans and their families face when they return from the military. Read more
Support and Transitional Services for Veterans and Families
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, women are more than twice as likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as men: 10% of women who experience a psychological trauma will develop PTSD while 4% of men with similar experiences will develop the condition. Service women also experience Military Sexual Trauma (MST) in greater numbers than service men. In addition, the VA reports that women may take longer to recover from PTSD than men and are four times more likely than men to experience long-lasting PTSD.
Yet despite their traumas and the often catastrophic impacts on their lives, women are far less likely to seek treatment for PTSD or MST than men.
Welcome Home Vets wants all women veterans to know that our organization provides free, confidential mental health services (individual, group and peer-based therapy) for any woman who has served in the US military and is living with military sexual trauma (MST), PTSD, major depression, anxiety or other military-related psychological condition. Call (530) 272-3300 for an appointment. All calls are confidential. All services are free.
Private First Class Marissa Strock lost both her legs, suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and a survived a multitude of other grave injuries when an improvised explosive device was detonated under her vehicle in Iraq in 2005. She now lives in New York and is competing in the Miss Veteran America Pageant. Photo by The History Channel
Cpl. Kristine Tejada, from Oakland, Calif., a truck commander for 1st Platoon, Higher Headquarters Battery, Task Force 2-82 Field Artillery Regiment, provided security at the ancient Ziggurat of Ur, Iraq, Sept. 24, 2011. TF 2-82 is one of the last units that provided security for U.S. Forces visiting the site, a mission that ended with the reposture of U.S. Forces in Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy J. Fowler.
Your contribution will allow Welcome Home Vets to continue providing comprehensive support and transitional services to returning veterans and their families:
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit group, we operate exclusively with funds from local grants, fundraising events and charitable donations from caring, generous people like you. Please help us continue our important work by donating to Welcome Home Vets today. Every donation of ANY amount contributes toward positive change in the life of a veteran.
The Moving Wall is Coming to Roseville
ON MARCH 26, 1982, a group of Vietnam veterans took up shovels to help break ground on construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the national monument in Washington D.C. that chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War. Nine months later, when a former helicopter door gunner and United States Army veteran named John Devitt visited Washington, DC for the dedication of the national memorial and to participate in the National Salute to Vietnam Veterans, he felt the positive power of the massive granite monument and promised himself he would find a way to share it with those who could not go to Washington.
"When you approach the memorial, you don't recognize what's going on," Devitt explained in a 1995 interview with Gerry Stegmaier that appeared in Among Friends, a newsletter by supporters of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. "It's a visual experience that words cannot describe," he said. "Then suddenly, as the words inscribed on the Wall come into focus, it's so subtle, you're drawn in and it's too late. You're riveted and the emotions just pour forth." Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial, named it "The Moving Wall," and displayed for the first time in 1984 at the Tyler Rose Festival in Tyler Texas. Two structures of The Wall now travel the nation from April through November.
Next month, The Moving Wall is coming to Roseville.
Sponsored by The City of Roseville and Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1487 , The Moving Wall will be on display from 10 am May 28 through 4 pm June 1 at Royer Park, 130 Park Drive, in Roseville. Let's fill the park! Mark your calendar, and if you cannot attend the opening ceremony, you can still see The Moving Wall at Royer Park if you get there before 4 pm June 1.
For more information about The Moving Wall, including details about Devitt's efforts to raise money to build it, see the San Jose Mercury News 1990 story, " Walls and Bridges" and other newspaper articles on the Moving Wall web site.
Welcome Home Vets: Providing Mental Health Services, Referrals and Advocacy for Veterans, Active Duty Military and Families
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Click here to listen to military veterans with PTSD and depression share their stories about how they asked for help to keep moving forward. Click here for a list of mental health service providers and services in and around Grass Valley, CA. Call (530) 272-3300 (M-F 11 am to 4 pm) to talk with a Welcome Home Vets volunteer or click here to send a confidential message. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the 24-hour National Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.