Denton County Veterans' Coalition
Why start a Veterans' Coalition?
It is the right thing to do.
Alarming suicide rates, high unemployment rates, veteran homelessness, and news stories about the thousands of visible and invisible wounds our troops have sustained has raised the awareness of residents across Denton County to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our military community and to want to do something to show their support.
It is the smart thing to do.
Veterans are valuable community assets and, by their example, can help improve volunteerism and service for the benefit of all Denton County residents.
It is the fiscally prudent thing to do.
Veterans who cannot overcome barriers to employment and who fail to successfully re-integrate back into civilian life can become a drain on social, medical, and legal services.
What will a successful Veterans' Coalition look like?
It will be a voluntary partnership of veteran service organizations, non-profits, and governmental entities to provide the services our local veterans and their families need.
It will consist of a network covering the entire county, where a phone call or an email referral will connect a veteran with the right solution.
It will bring together the key players in the community, raise awareness of specific needs and resources available already, and channel this sea of goodwill to do the most good.
It will utilize our veterans, who are experienced and talented problem solvers with a demonstrated willingness to our nation and our communities.
What can you do today?
Plug into the Denton County Veterans' Coalition as a board member, a service organization or entity volunteer, or with your donations.
Commit to coming to future meetings and to sharing your expertise with Coalition members, with your organizations and entities, and with veterans.
Help us raise awareness in your cities and organizations of both the needs of veterans and the potential value they can bring to our communities.
Collectively, we have the opportunity to foster a new "Greatest Generation" of veterans who will make our county and our country stronger.
The Veterans' Coalition will be responsive, not bureaucratic; adaptable, not cumbersome; personal, not impersonal; flexible, not regulated; and enduring, as long as veterans need assistance reintegrating into their communities.
For more information on how you can partner with the Denton County Veterans' Coalition, please contact: Dawn Olsen, Secretary. (972) 91 4-VETS (8387).
Supported by the Denton County Judge's Office, the Denton County Veterans Services Office, and the Denton County Veterans Advisory Board.