Christmas is almost here, but it isn’t too late to give a gift to the Veterans Outreach Center. The VOC at 447 South Avenue in Rochester is a magnificent organization that keeps giving and giving to Rochester area veterans.
This Christmas is a good time to give something back to the Veterans Outreach Center. Todd Baxter, the Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center, sent out this email on Monday December 22, 2014.
“I do solemnly swear…”
As a veteran, and a career law enforcement officer, saying these words are one of the most important things I’ve ever done.
Taking the oath of military service is a bond among all of our brothers and sisters in arms, and it was the beginning of a commitment that changed their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, forever.
It’s because of these words and the sacrifice that they represent that I stand before you today leading your Veterans Outreach Center. There is no job that I can think more important that creating opportunity for our veterans where they may think there was none.
Tom wrote us this year remembering the day he walked through the doors of VOC. “I didn’t know I had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I only knew I was at the end of my rope,” he said. “I’m on a long, hard road learning to deal with my diagnosis, but I know from experience the hardest part is walking through the door and asking for help.”
If it weren’t for VOC, Tom could be in a very different place today. And it if weren’t for you, VOC wouldn’t be able to provide the no cost services that Tom found waiting for him.
I am pledging my service to my fellow veterans in making VOC the best resource for every veteran’s needs. I am asking you to pledge your support so that every veteran like Tom who finds the strength to ask for help will find it here when they need it most.
Thank you for your support,
I am the “Tom” mentioned in Baxter’s email. Todd Baxter quoted an email that I sent to the Veterans Outreach Center earlier this year about the day I walked through the doors of the VOC and found out I had PTSD.
The Veterans Outreach Center is the nation’s oldest community-based nonprofit center serving veterans and their dependents. The VOC is not funded by the government.
The VOC was founded in 1973 by returning Vietnam Veterans because the Veterans Admistration wasn’t getting the job done in helping returning Vietnam Veterans. The same is true today; the VA isn’t getting the job done helping returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans.
That’s where the Veterans Outreach Center comes in; to fill the gaps left by the VA.
Today’s Veterans Outreach Center remains anchored in the Rochester community and offers a comprehensive array of support services designed to meet the needs of all veterans and their families.
The VOC’s mission is to provide comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration, and advocacy.
The VOC’s vision is to be America’s best provider of community-centered supportive services for veteran families.
The Veterans Outreach Center operates a large number of programs for veterans including: the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Veterans Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), the Veterans Alternative to Incarceration Program (VATIP), as well as Housing Placements, Vocational Counseling, Employment Placements, Housing Assistance, Legal Services, Financial Counseling, Peer to Peer Mentoring, and
The Veterans Outreach Center’s Operation Welcome Home program arranges an organized greeting, with cheering people carrying hand-made welcome home signs and waving American flags for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines returning home to Rochester from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Through the generosity of the Rochester community, all of these programs and services are provided free of charge to any and all veterans.
The Veterans Outreach Center is a one of a kind organization that gives a lot to our community. Christmas is a good time to give something to the Veterans Outreach Center.