VOTR Executive Director and a VOTR graduate take to the airwaves on November 24!

VOTR Executive Charles Avery will be on the Roach Brown Show this morning to raise awareness about VOTR and to promote donations to our annual fund on Giving Tuesday.

VOTR Executive Charles Avery will be on the Roach Brown Show this morning to raise awareness about VOTR and to promote donations to our annual fund on Giving Tuesday.

On Tuesday, November 24, Mr. Charles Avery, LICSW, Executive Director of Veterans On the Rise, and one of the distinguished graduates of VOTR, D. C., went on the airwaves to discuss why it is important to end homelessness in veterans on the Roach Brown Show on WPFW FM 89.3.  These gentlemen represent the importance of the partnership between mental healthcare practitioners and those they serve to stabilize lives and communities.

Mr. Avery, a proud graduate of, ‘The Real HU, ‘ Howard University who completed his graduate work in Washington, DC, after first making history as one of only 20 African American males who were admitted to the first undergraduate class at the University of Virginia to accept African Americans. He is also a member of a family that has over 42 veterans in it. He was first drawn to the field of psychology when his uncle, a Korean War Veteran, had a moment where post-traumatic stress took over his life in a time before PTS was ever a popular or understood phenomenon.  The desire to pursue psychology overshadowed his desire to pursue his other passion physics, and led him to have a 35-year career in psychology, social work, and grants management.

Mr. D.C. a veteran of the more recent wars was diagnosed with a 10% disability when he came out of the service 15 years ago.  A machinist by training, he suffered a broken nose which qualified him for the VA benefits.

VOTR Graduate Mr. D.C. interviews to discuss the benefit that VOTR programs brought to his life.

VOTR Graduate Mr. D.C. interviews to discuss the benefit that VOTR programs brought to his life.

When Mr. D. C. arrived at VOTR, he was addicted to opioids, and had been suffering memory lapses.  Knowing that the memory lapse issue seemed to be an outlier, the social workers at VOTR encouraged Mr. D. C. to be reassessed. It was determined that along with the broken nose, Mr. D. C. had also suffered a traumatic brain injury, TBI. The new diagnosis qualified him to be retroactively paid to receive a 100% disability payment.

Because of this turnaround and having the opportunity to rebalance his life, Mr. D. C. has recently completed a Certificate in Theology and Ministry at Princeton University, and will begin a master’s program at Harvard Divinity in the January.

Giving Tuesday is Dec 1, 2015. We invite you to make a donation of time or service to VOTR on or before that date!

Giving Tuesday is Dec 1, 2015. We invite you to make a donation of time or service to VOTR on or before that date!

 

This is just one of many success stories that VOTR helps produce every day. Therefore, we ask you to volunteer your time, and we ask for monetary donations to Veterans On the Rise  for our Giving Tuesday Campaign at  #VOTRAnnualFundCampaign! Giving Tuesday is Dec 1, 2015.

On Giving Tuesday, VOTR will be sharing story swaps between veterans on times of service where they felt they really made a difference. We have also asked one of our sponsors to match the donations that are contributed to VOTR on or around Giving Tuesday. You may volunteer your time @ VOTR Volunteers ;-)!

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We thank you in advance for your commitment to helping the veterans served in housing, mental health care, and supportive services through VOTR each year!