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Promote Connectedness

Priority #2: Promote Connectedness and Improve Care Transitions


Overview

It is a priority to connect Veterans who are experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis with lifesaving support. Mental health and crisis support services are critical for people showing signs of suicide risk in their thoughts or behavior, but we must go beyond engaging mental health providers, to involve the broader community and reach Veterans where they live and thrive — before they reach a crisis point.


Strategy

Goals

  • Adopt Expiration Term of Service (ETS) sponsorship statewide to maximize the number of transitioning service members and families who receive a warm handoff of service delivery.
  • Develop and expand upon existing peer programs within the state to help promote connectedness.

 

Resources

 

Veterans Service Offices


VSO's / Outreach Schedule

Through our network of regional Veterans Service Offices (VSO), the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) provides the state's Veterans and their dependents with information and guidance in filing claims. Trained Veterans Service Officers at these offices also assist Veterans with issues pertaining to employment, education, burial, counseling, housing, social and medical services, and other areas of concern to Veterans and their families. DMAVA also conducts Outreach Events in the community to help and assist any Veteran.
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Family Programs Office


All Military Branches Welcome

The New Jersey National Guard Family Programs Office in Bordentown operates eight Family Assistance Centers around the state to serve the needs of Servicemembers and their families. Whether pre-, during or post-deployment, these centers offer information and referral services to all Service Members and their families regardless of their branch of service or duty status.
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ETS Sponsorship


Do Not Walk Alone

ETS - Expiration of Term of Service - should be an exciting opportunity for the Service Member who is opening the door to the next chapter of life. Yet, often, the stresses associated with walking through this door are challenging. The ETS Sponsorship Program ensures that the Service Member - and the family - do not walk alone. Our sponsors, who live in the community, will not only walk through the door with the Service Member, but will continue to coach and guide throughout the transition process.
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Vets4Warriors


Connect Right Now

No matter what your challenge is; whether you have a question about yourself, a friend, or a loved one, or just want to talk confidentially, we are here for you. You will immediately be connected to a peer who is a veteran or a member of the military community. Call us now at 1-855-838-8255.
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NJ Self-Help Groups


Support Groups and Resources

New Jersey families suffering from behavioral health crises, chronic mental illness and substance use disorders can benefit from peer family support and education. The NJ Self-Help Groups Clearinghouse can connect you with opportunities for family members to join self-help groups, receive education and training about these disorders as well as gain the support and experience from those with the same life experience.
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Make The Connection


Make the Connection

Watch, read, and listen to Veterans and their family members share real stories of strength and recovery, find useful information and local mental health resources, and explore ways to show your support.
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RallyPoint


RallyPoint

RallyPoint is the premiere digital platform for the military community to come together and discuss military topics both socially and professionally. Our members include military servicemembers, veterans, family members, caregivers, survivors, and supporters of those in uniform. RallyPoint connects members and provides tools to succeed along their entire lifetime journey - from recruit through retirement and beyond.
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NJ Veterans Network


Helping to Live Better Lives

The mission of the NJVN is to help New Jersey Veterans and their families enjoy a sustainable quality of life by creating a network of Community Veteran Liaisons (CVL) whose role is to identify Veterans, and connect them with resources & solutions designed to meet the unique set of Veteran needs.
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Warriors Welcome


Peer-Run Veterans Support Group

Warriors Welcome is a no-cost, judgement-free, veterans-facilitated zone. Virtual meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6:00pm. This program is sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
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Project Refit


We Fought Together, We Heal Together!

Project Refit's Radio Check program was started by veterans and social entrepreneurs. It is a spot for servicemen and women to come and hang out with one another and chat. Tell stories, laugh, relax, and vent if needed.
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Operation Sisterhood


Connect | Engage | Serve

Powered by Cornerstone Family Programs, Operation Sisterhood offers FREE comprehensive counseling services to any female veteran in Northern New Jersey.
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Last Updated: 03/08/2022
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