How Arizona Is Out Of Touch With Their Veterans And How An Everyday ‘joe’ You Can Make A Difference.
Jul 15, 2022
We are a veteran-owned non-profit apparel company made by the people, for the people to promote Mental Health Awareness.
I can’ believe THIS is happening in my home state! Arizona doesn’t have a SINGLE community where we have ended veteran homelessness. This is shocking! 35 other states are well under way! We must do better!
As of 2019, between 500,000 to 700,000 members of the population are veterans. This is 12% of the total population, yet they are grossly underserved and over represented in the homeless population. In March of 2022, the Maricopa Association of Governments released numbers that indicated a 35% climb (yikes!) in homelessness since 2020. Out of the 5,000 living on the streets at least 650 are veterans.
This story plays into the bigger crisis throughout America. Close to 40,000 veterans are experiencing homelessness. Why is this happening at such an alarming rate?
More than 50% of veterans experience:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Social isolation
- Lack of support
- Mental health illness
- Substance abuse
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How can YOU be a catalyst for change?
- You can offer support by sharing our blogs, so we can reach more people and be part of their healing journey.
- You can purchase from our ‘Apparel with A Purpose’ line where we donate the proceeds directly to those who need it most.
- You can share information about the programs offered by Veterans Affairs.
- You can volunteer at a Veteran Center near you.
- You can advocate for more robust, inclusive, accessible programs.
- You can share information about alternative treatments for recovery.
- You can be an advocate for all veterans in your community to have access to resources, housing, and support.
Mental Joe has partnered with Learn From People Who Lived It, VETS, Tiffany Armstrong, UXO Supplements, and inHarmony (these guys are top-notch). Each of these companies offer unique pathways to help veterans overcome their mental illness and move towards mental wellness.
Learn From People Who Lived It offer space for guests to talk about sensitive subjects that may include physical, emotional, sexual abuse, substance addiction, and mental health disorders. (Thank God, for this!). It provides a platform for you to own your story and share it with the world. Their slogan says it best, ‘’Putting yourself first isn’t selfish. It’s the only way any of us will ever get the best version of you.’’
VETS offers space to veterans looking to explore their treatment solutions (Hallejuah, for options!).They are committed to ending the veteran suicide epidemic by helping veterans heal from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They offer grants to help veterans and their spouses access treatment with psychedelic therapies.
Tiffany Armstrong is a business strategist and sexual abuse survivor. She revolutionized the approach of self-defense classes for women. She developed an online program where women could learn and practice self-defense in the comfort of their own home (it has impacted millions). She aides women in overcoming and preventing sexual abuse and provides opportunities for veterans and civilians alike to develop a more robust, streamlined, profitable business.
Jon Klipstein is the CEO of UXO Supplements. A veteran owned organization with an emphasis on quality products designed to help you reach your fitness goals. His service to our country is the foundation of his business, even his values and mission are inspired from his time in the military (I’ve heard it has quite the impact).
inHarmony provides a space for individuals to dive deep into meditation and vibration therapy (literal music to my ears). They provide a large range of options that help relieve stress and anxiety, and bring you peace of mind, so you can be your best self throughout the day.
In addition, the VA offers a large range of programs and services to help veterans transition back into civilian life and have the access to resources and support they need to thrive.
Our mission is to help you overcome the battle within!
Join us on July 15th as we dive deep into depression, anxiety, and PTSD (We all know you’ll be there… over 50% of society is struggling!).
Cheers to ending homelessness in Arizona and stepping up to make an impact in your community!
Chad & Cari
Additional resources to help veterans:
Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Contacts:
Phoenix, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Ellyn Black, Anna Bourne, Jennifer Morris, Marti Rarick, Monica King, Christopher Wallace
Prescott, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Julie Garver, Elizabeth Santos, Katherine Pentz
Tucson, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Steve Wenzel, Amelia Hill
Community Resource and Referral Center:
1500 E. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Call center for homeless vets
1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)
Upcoming Community Events:
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events during which VA staff and volunteers provide food, clothing and health screenings to homeless and at-risk Veterans. In addition, Veterans also receive referrals for health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment, mental health counseling and other essential services.
September 9, 2022
Parker, AZ Lynda Woods
firstname.lastname@example.org Pat Ferral
September 9, 2022
Williams, AZ Joshua Wear
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September 16-17, 2022
Prescott, AZ Joshua Wear
firstname.lastname@example.org Justin Price
November 19, 2022
Quartzsite, AZ Lynda Woods
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