HENLAWSON, W.Va. — The monthly veteran’s meet up held Aug. 20 at the Henlawson Vet Center saw the group move closer to forming a new organization: American Veterans United Coalition or AVUC.
The new group is being formed with the hopes of uniting everyone who has served in the military, and during the meeting the group accepted their mission statement. The AVUC mission statement says, “While some organizations segregate veterans according to wars, we seek to serve all veterans and believe that each generation has much to learn from one another.” The group will also aim their focus at rural veterans who may be isolated and not up to date on the constantly evolving information on resources and benefits that may be available to them.
The group’s mission statement identifies three main goals relating to veterans and families, public awareness and guidance and counseling.
AVUC will seek to better the lives of veterans and their families by connecting them with resources to obtain healthcare, education and employment opportunities. Through this aim, AVUC hopes to increase the quality of life for veterans and their families while building a strengthened relationship between veterans and the communities in which they live.
The group’s goal relating to public awareness would see them moving to spotlight veterans issues in the local community while engaging veterans and the community in activities that will help everyone. The mission statement says, “We further seek to interact with organizations that have local resources that meet the human services of their communities. We will work with community partners to find opportunities to participate in activities..that will enhance the quality of life of our veterans and allow them serve and become leaders their communities.”
AVUC will ultimately seek to connect veterans with the resources to which they are entitled. The group will have a certified peer mentor on hand and will link veterans with local and nationwide resources.
The group also considered several upcoming veteran’s events. An upcoming homeless stand down in the area was discussed and the logistical details of the Christmas institution, Operation Santa, where vets collect and deliver toys were ironed out.
The group hopes to file the paperwork to officially form their group soon. At their October, 2015 meeting, the group will begin the process of defining the duties of offices and electing officers.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]