We are about a month away from the virtual Warrior Community Integration Symposium, and we can't wait to have you in attendance. We continue to refine the agenda, such as the new sessions for Tuesday, August 25. America's Warrior Partnership looks forward to empowering those who serve veterans by fostering collaboration and enhancing service to veterans and their families, in communities across America. 

Jim Lorraine: Aiken Veteran Continues to Serve Warriors Nationwide Aiken Standard
After retiring from 22 years of military service, Jim Lorraine continues to serve his country. 
"To me, it’s a duty to continue to serve," Lorraine said. "I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t continue to serve."

He was raised in Clinton, N.Y., but now calls Aiken his home and enjoys playing golf at the Palmetto Golf Club off Berrie Road. His work for veterans through America's Warrior Partnership stretches across the nation. He served in the United States Air Force as a flight nurse with nine combat deployments including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He retired as the deputy command surgeon for the United States Special Operations Command after 22 years of service. However, Lorraine felt his call to service was just beginning. 

Mission Roll Call Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary YouTube Video
America's Warrior Partnership's Mission Roll Call (MRC) program celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 1, 2020. It has been a thrilling and rewarding journey, to say the least, and MRC couldn't have made it this far without its wonderful community of veterans and veteran advocates. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support over the past year. There's a lot of work left to be done so stay tuned — we're just getting started!

Our Deputy Director of Community Integration, Jeanette Gilles, shares her insight on veteran advocacy and a few recent success stories from The Network.

VetXL: Families Together Q&A with VA and Community Partners RallyPoint
Deputy Director of Community Integration, Jeanette Gilles, participated in a live Q&A for the benefit of veteran families. This event included an incredible lineup of organizations and was a great resource for veterans and their families.

T APS Joins America's Warrior Partnership's Four Star Alliance Press Release
America’s Warrior Partnership  announces that the  Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors  (TAPS), the nation’s leading organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes, has joined the Four Star Alliance. The Four Star Alliance is a membership program of vetted community organizations that provide therapeutic recreation and wellness programs to veterans, their families and caregivers.

Wounded Warrior Project Announces New Partnerships with Veteran Service Organizations for 2020 P ress Release
America's Warrior Partnership is proud to continue our relationship with the  Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) . Since our inception in 2014, WWP has provided support for AWP's organizational growth and our Community Integration program. Through this collaboration, we've been able to serve more than 53,000 veterans, 33,000 of those post-9/11, including their families and caregivers

America's Warrior Partnership Announces Two Great Additions to the Team
Sara Kinser joined the Marketing and Development team as the Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager, where she will manage AWP's grant portfolio and cultivate strategic business relationships.

Chelsea Williams joined as a Network Advocate, where she will support The Network's mission to assess veteran needs and connect them with local resources or national service providers.

The Network in Action: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Vance, a pre-9/11 Navy veteran, came across Mission Roll Call on social media. Vance and his wife were on the verge of homelessness and completed the form on Mission Roll Call’s social media post to request support. Not expecting anyone to return the request, to Vance’s surprise, he received a timely call back from The America’s Warrior Partnership Network (The Network). The Network learned more about Vance’s unique housing situation and obtained further information about his eligibility for benefits. Vance explained to the Network that he had enough regular revenue to cover monthly rent in the area, but unfortunately did not have enough money saved for a deposit on a rental property. The Network determined the veteran was over income for the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and explored several options locally to support the deposit, but was unsuccessful. The next step was to take the request to a national partner to offer support. The Network advocated on behalf of Vance to a national partner to explain the situation and assist in completing application forms for assistance with the rent deposit. The national partner accepted Vance’s application and received the deposit in time preventing him and his wife from becoming homeless.

You can help The Network support veterans like Vance. Your generous, tax-deductible donation to America's Warrior Partnership will empower veterans, their families, and caregivers with holistic community care.
Empowering Communities to Prevent Military Veteran Suicide
O peration Deep Dive - Facebook Live
Cheree Tham, Co-Founder, VP of Programs and Initiatives at America’s Warrior Partnership

Eric D. Caine, M.D., University of Rochester Medical Center

More than 6,000 military veterans died by suicide in 2017. National nonprofit American Warrior Partnership is dedicated to combatting this epidemic through public health policies that empower communities, veterans, and veteran families to improve the quality of life of those who have served our Nation. Join this conversation with Cheree Tham of America’s Warrior Partnership and Dr. Eric Caine of the University of Rochester Medical Center as they discuss the latest socio-ecological approaches that communities can employ to prevent veteran suicide. Viewers will also learn how they can support Operation Deep Dive, a veteran suicide prevention study taking place in 14 communities across the country, as well as what they can do to compel meaningful change within their community.

Upcoming Event:
August's Battle Rhythm
August 3, 2020 | 2 - 3 PM EDT
Online Webinar
Guest Speakers:

Deborah M. Stone, SCD, MSW, MPH
Behavioral Scientist 
CDC Division of Injury Prevention

Mat Bergendahl, M.S., NCC, LPC
Director of Suicide Prevention
Stack-Up Overwatch Program 

  • Learn about trends, risk, and protective factors for the prevention of veteran suicide
  • Discover national resources for suicide prevention
  • Collaborate with other veteran support organizations to discuss suicide prevention strategies