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Recommendation D: Develop community outreach and educational programs for teachers, communities of faith, courts, public safety professionals, the judiciary and the legal system that are designed to help all stakeholders better understand the issues that veterans and their family members face.

Strategies:

  • 1.

    Implement a statewide outreach and educational campaign to help assist all stakeholders better understand the issues that veterans and their family members face, dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding getting help, learn about local providers that can provide relevant assistance, and connect those in need with immediate support from others who have been through, or are going through, the stress of deployment and the post-war transition from military to civilian life.

  • 2.

    Encourage spokespersons/leaders/family members among the National Guard, the Vet Center, Veterans Organizations, local health care, businesses, etc. to speak at school events, to local community organizations and other public forums to increase awareness.

Recommendation E: Design and implement a national engagement strategy.

Strategies:

1. Identify national, regional, state and local leaders who are committed or could be committed to issues pertaining to returning veterans and their families.

2.

Engage advisors on key legislative and funding issues

Recommendation F: Design and implement a Veterans Day event or series of events designed to increase visibility of veterans’ issues/

Strategies: 1. Design and present a multi-dimensional event and/or series of events that calls attention to the needs of veterans and their families.

2.

Utilize the event to introduce The Rhode Island Blueprint.

Implementation Plan:

  • 1.

    Invite a panel of veterans and consumers to speak to their experiences.

  • 2.

    Create a networking opportunity for professionals, veterans, and families to explore available resources.

  • 3.

    Insure that all events are geared to veterans and their families.

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