Military and Veterans Service Alliance
of the Lowcountry South
Carolina

Announcements

Updates on SCServes 24/7 Coordination Center for The Lowcountry and presentations from Frank Gibson on the need for coordination among veteran organizations that support awards and scholarships for local schools and from Christina Welsch-Copeland on the Veterans Outreach Program at The Technical College of the Lowcountry.    And the latest information from member organizations.
Military Community Connection (MCC) is humbled to announce that we have received a multi-year grant from Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to launch the SCServes Coordination Center. This grant will allow MCC to serve the 9 coastal counties by enhancing collaboration and coordination of services among providers to generate outcomes, track data to improve programs and apply for additional community funding, and to put an end to Veterans falling through the cracks while trying to access resources. The SCServes Coordination Center will accomplish this goal by forming and strengthening partnerships with you-the community.

MCC has been awarded grant to manage the SCServes Coordination Center, which serves as the main point of entry for military members, Veterans, their families, and the service providers in the community. We welcome your questions on how to get involved and how to learn more about joining this initiative that is the first of its kind in the state of South Carolina.

We look forward to serving with you!

Jordan Hardy
Program Coordinator
Military Community Connection
2424 City Hall Lane
North Charleston, SC 29406

Uniting Veterans and their Communities


VETERANS TREATMENT COURT NEEDS VOLUNTEER MENTORS

The 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office Veterans Treatment Court needs volunteer mentors to work with a team, assembled by the Court, to assist veterans and their families.   Veterans who would otherwise be sentenced by the Court are offered an alternative program of rehabilitation administered by the Court.   Honorably discharged veterans are trained by the Court to serve as mentors.   Interested veterans should contact Mark Bassett, Mentor Coordinator, at
hassettmark@gmail.com or call the Court at 843-255-5900. 

PTSD Research Program

The Savannah Veterans Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Research Program is a large scale research study being conducted by Medical University of South Carolina/Ralph H Johnson VA Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System/University of Michigan Medical School, and VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California San Diego. It is a randomized controlled trial of sertraline, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and their combination in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with PTSD. Veterans who have, or believe they have, symptoms of PTSD and wish to participate in the study should call the Savannah VA clinic at 912-920-0214 ext. 2169.  There are two public service announcements for the study.  They are Veterans PSA and Providers PSA.



Beaufort National Cemetery Expansion

The Beaufort National Cemetery will run out of space in the near future.  A group has been formed to procure an available five acres before a developer gets hold of it.  MAVSA members, Suzi Oliver and Donnie Beer, are working on this project.  More information can be obtained from the linked Island Packet article.


Veteran Tickets

There is a new organization on the Helpful Links page.  The Veteran Tickets Foundation provides free or discounted event tickets to military, veterans, and families.



Vietnam War Commemoration

In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and "in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War."  The program will span the period from 2015 to 2017.  Go to www.vietnamwar50th.com for more details.
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