Donating to the Lone Star Veterans Association is making an investment into your community. We are dedicated to Texas and her veterans. The stories below are not completed. While these veterans have started their journey to a successful life, they still participate in our organization. Most of them are now Leaders, who continue the mission of helping their fellow veterans.
Make a one time donation to the Lone Star Veterans Association that will go directly to helping and supporting our veterans and their families. Your donation will go towards supporting the programs below.
Brad served as a Scout in the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Brad came to an LSVA meeting in early 2011 and quickly became an integral part of the Government Relations team. Brad was responsible for arranging the meeting schedules for the LSVA Advocacy trip to Austin in the Spring of 2011. Brad worked with the staff members of numerous Texas State Legislators to arrange a complex schedule of meetings between Texas veterans and Legislative staff to help push forward legislation to implement the MOVE Act in Texas. Brad also found employment through LSVA's employment network, landing a job as a Personal Banker with JP Morgan Chase a short two months after graduating from college.
The Veteran Career Transition Program works to connect veterans and employers throughout Texas. We do this with resume workshops, networking events, interview classes, career fairs, and our online career site, VetsList.
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The Navigator Program provides peer mentors to veterans. Using a "veteran to veteran" model, newly transitioned service members are teamed up with a local veteran to assist in finding a career, applying for benefits, starting an education, dealing with emotional issues, learning about services available and a wide variety of obstacles that veterans face. This program is about connecting veterans with each other so that we all can succeed.
James, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was hired by Diamond Offshore Drilling as a Sub-Sea Engineer. James has been through his training and has been a fully-trained employee since August, 2011. James became aware of the job opening through the weekly jobs email that has now been transitioned to the online VetsList. James has been a member of LSVA from the very beginning and has enjoyed receiving the Weekly Updates. When asked about the new job James said, "The job tripled my previous salary and the benefits are outstanding, it is an awesome opportunity for me and my family."
Service members who deployed to combat zones encounter many events that stay with them after they left the military. The loss of a fellow soldier and friend, substance abuse, dealing with their own trauma, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury are just some of the problems that veterans may encounter. The Crisis Response Team are trained volunteers that intervene when a veteran is in threat of causing harm to themselves or suicide. They connect the veteran to the mental health services and make sure that we don't lose a fellow brother or sister.
Bill, a U.S. Army veteran, was hired by the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to be a Research Coordinator in the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence. Bill, who was unemployed before, found the job through the LSVA employment network and now works with OEF and OIF veterans to research the effects of TBI. Bill has recently obtained a Masters of Business Administration and is working full time at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center.
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Chris returned to Houston after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps to find that he had no job or many prospects. Chris began drinking and using drugs and eventually found himself homeless, even sleeping on a couch at an American Legion Post. A peer mentor from LSVA got Chris enrolled in the ROVER program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center where he was able to break the grip that alcohol had on him. After getting clean he got a job with Schlumberger as a recruiter for engineers, a job he still has to this day.
After leaving the military, many veterans find themselves isolated and alone. Being in a military unit gives a sense of belonging and knowing that someone is always there for you. LSVA hosts events, sponsors sports teams, organizes family outings, and more to bring veterans together. Knowing that veterans can meet each other is the first step in connecting with their new community.
When asked what the Lone Star Veterans does, the one word answer is, "Prevention". We prevent unemployment, by connecting veterans to local companies. We prevent depression, by keeping veterans engaged. We prevent isolation, by empowering veterans to engage their community with service projects.
We prevent veterans from turning down the dark path of alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide. We give veterans a place where they can continue to grow and to uphold the values that they learned while in service to our country.