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Cedric Halyard Ending Veteran Homelessness

From the Trenches of South Florida, Cedric Halyard is Ending Homelessness for America’s Veteran Families

Cedric Halyard, Director of Veteran Outreach for Operation Sacred Trust, overcame homelessness and addictions after returning from deployment in Operation Desert Storm. His personal experience has helped him help more than 1,000 other Veterans and their family members who are homeless or at risk of homelessness rebuild the foundation of their lives.

Homeless Veteran and Son

Miguel Marquez: “No Veteran Left Behind”

“More than one Veteran has talked about having it all one day and then finding himself living on the streets, a car, storage unit, bus stop, train station or abandoned building the next, having lost everything,” says Miguel Marquez, Outreach Specialist for Operation Sacred Trust.

A daughter's smile inspires Veteran to rebuild his life

Brother’s Struggles Inspires Service to Veterans

After four years of Army service, including deployment to the Middle East, Gabby Cornett saw the lasting impact on her brother firsthand. His struggles inspire her daily commitment to help South Florida Veterans reconnect with themselves, loved ones, and access the resources they’ve earned.

Veteran Family

Love of Country Inspires Rebecca King’s Commitment to End Homelessness for America’s Veteran Families

Rebecca King, a military spouse and Family Support Specialist for Operation Sacred Trust, relocated to Florida from the midwest to serve on the frontline of a Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to end homelessness for America’s Veterans.

Operation Sacred Trust, Hollywood, Florida

Denise Martino Starts Homeless South Florida Veterans on Path to Lasting Housing Stability

With a husband who is a Veteran and stepson currently deployed to Afghanistan, Denise Martino can relate to the unique needs of Veteran families. As Intake Specialist for Operation Sacred Trust, she’s often the first point of contact for struggling South Florida Veterans who reach out with the hope of ending homelessness.

Juan Garcia help Veteran learn effective communication

Juan Garcia: No Greater Honor Then Serving Veterans

Juan Garcia lived through his mother’s struggles as a single-parent while his father was serving in the Korean War. While his father returned home emotionally and physically sick, he “was a great father” who made it possible for Juan to go to college and earn his degree. Today, as a Family Support Specialist with Operation Sacred Trust, Juan Garcia is helping hundreds of South Florida homeless and at-risk Veterans learn to strengthen connections with family, friends and social supports and obtain stable, affordable housing as the foundation to rebuilding their lives.

Clifford Johnson leads resiliency class for Veterans in Miami

Clifford Johnson Shares Experience Overcoming Homelessness, Addiction to Serve At-Risk Veterans

Clifford Johnson shares his experience overcoming years of homelessness and addictions to serve at-risk and homeless Veterans through weekly resiliency classes in South Florida. Together with the team at Operation Sacred Trust, he’s helped end homelessness for hundreds of Veteran families.

Yvette Costa OST Family Intake

Operation Sacred Trust’s Yvette Costa is Helping End Homelessness for South Florida’s Veteran Families

Yvette Costa, a Case Manager for Operation Sacred Trust, has helped end homelessness for hundreds of Veteran families in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Although Ms. Costa is the daughter of a Veteran, it was ultimately the help she and her family received from the Department of Veterans Affairs during difficult times that led her to dedicate her life to serving the Veteran community.

Chaplain Dick Millspaugh Reaches Out

PAIRS Collaboration with VA Recognized with Prestigious 2012 Spirit of Planetree Award

PAIRS Foundation’s collaborative program with the Department of Veterans Affairs was recognized Wednesday with the prestigious “Spirit of Planetree” award for strengthening relationships among family, friends and social supports as a critical component of patient-centered care and improving outcomes for Veterans impacted by post traumatic stress.

Sharon Wheaton Teaches PAIRS Relationship Road Map

Chaplain Sharon Wheaton Helps U.S. Navy Couples Learn Skills to Navigate Trying Times

As a chaplain at Naval Station Norfolk, the worlds largest Naval Station, Lt. Sharon Wheaton helps military families find the strength and skills needed to navigate stressful lives. Chaplain Wheaton completed PAIRS Professional Training at the Hampton VA Medical Center in September to bring evidence-based, relationship skills classes to the Sailors, Marines and Coasties she serves.

Untangling a Human Love Knot

Chaplain Len Driskell: Helping Coast Guardsmen Find Strength and Healing

“Marriage and Relationship Education builds a resiliency in a couple that means they are more able to face the inevitable crises that come their way,” says Navy Chaplain Len Driskell, who serves more than 2,000 active duty and reserve Coast Guardsmen, their families, and the civilians who work alongside them as the Sector Charleston and Sector Jacksonville Chaplain.

VA Chaplain Andrew Sioleti

VA Expands Efforts to Help Chaplains Boost Veteran Marriages and Family Resilience

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding training for VA Chaplains and Behavioral Health professionals to help Veterans and their significant others learn evidence-based skills for improving interpersonal communication, emotional understanding and expression, and healthy conflict resolution.

Deborah-Todd-Lowell

PAIRS Teams Up with VA to Offer Marriage Retreats for Visually-Impaired Veterans

After becoming trained as Marriage Education Instructors by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation in 2011, Deborah and Todd Lovell today lead marriage retreats for visually-impaired Veterans and their spouses at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Ralph and Michelle Lynn

PAIRS VA Marriage Retreats Helping Veteran Couples Restore Love, Intimacy, Trust

PAIRS VA Marriage Retreats are today helping thousands of Veteran couples restore love, intimacy and trust through programs offered by many of the 300 VA Chaplains and Behavioral Health professionals trained by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation.

Hampton VA Chief of Chaplain Services Sue Cross and Lauren DelGandio

Protected: DelGandio to Lead Initiative for Veteran Families

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Trinity of a Paradigm Shift

New Paradigm Emerging for Helping Veterans Heal

Strong marriages and families may be the most effective tool for helping Veterans overcome visible and invisible wounds of war. The Veterans Administration is investing millions in new approaches that help loved ones help each other.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Initiative Aims to End Homelessness for Veterans

Four of South Florida’s leading nonprofits with a long track record of service to Veterans were awarded $1 million by the Veterans Administration last week to implement “Operation Sacred Trust.” The initiative aims to provide a model of community collaboration, innovative services, and access to affordable housing to end homelessness among Veteran families.

Chaplain Sue Cross

I Am ME: Hampton VA Chief of Chaplains Sue Cross

Hampton VA Chief of Chaplains Sue Cross encourages her staff to have dreams and works to give them resources to be successful. She says PAIRS training helped her communicate when she needs support and encouragement.

Helping Others Begins with Looking After Ourselves

The BBC reports on helping aid workers better understand and care for themselves as the foundation to helping others.

New Approach Boosts Skills-Building for Veterans

The Veterans Administration is helping chaplains and behavioral health specialists learn new approaches to improve the well-being and resiliency of servicemen and women returning from deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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