At the conclusion of Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd Inaugural Address in 1865, and nearly a month before he died, while our uneasy nation needed reconciliation and unification, he stated the following to America:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all,
with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in,
to bind up the nation’s wounds,
to care for him who shall have borne the battle
and for his widow, and his orphan,
to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
In 1959, the bolded words above became the motto of the Veteran’s Administration; and today, two plaques with those words are at the entrance of the VA Headquarters in Washington DC. Of course, in today’s world the ‘him’ is really ‘him or her’.
Though our motto is not original, our paraphrase of Lincoln’s words in bold above, fits our Mission and reflects where our hearts lay.
Further Information can be obtained from the website. http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/vamotto.asp
We have formed our organization in recognition of the differences today’s military member and extended family members are experiencing in contrast to their counterparts who served during earlier periods of conflict. Some examples of these differences are:
Presidential Commission Reports, such as the Senator Robert Dole / Secretary Donna Shalala report in April 2007, have recommended that solutions to these circumstances need to be addressed by leadership from the private sector to complement improvements being made to the public sector systems. CareForTheTroops is organizing and implementing one of those private sector responses.
Our Mission will focus on helping with the psychological and spiritual aspects of this conundrum. Already we have made a number of decisions and accomplished a number of steps:
What makes our approach unique is that we are addressing both the supply of clinicians to provide care and demand for mental health care help in the State that is needed not only by military families, but also by congregation and community leaders. Our education offerings will increase the number of mental health providers familiar with the Military Culture and capable of addressing family mental health and PTSD symptoms. Related education offerings about the Military Culture to community leaders and extended family members throughout the state will improve the quality and quantity of the referrals made to the mental health providers. We are addressing the complete ecosystem associated with improving mental health care for the returning military and their families.
Our goal is to become a resource center for citizens in the State of Georgia as they address the spiritual and psychological needs of the military who have served their Country during this period of war. We expect our efforts to improve the care received by the military, benefiting its members, their extended families, their communities, and future generations of Georgians.
The following shows the people and systems that come in contact with military family members and who will derive benefit from CareForTheTroops.org as we address and improve the ability to respond to the psychological needs of the returning military member and their families.
Don't mistake that this is a multi-generational issue that is critical for the overall well-being of our society.
Inner Circle: The inner circle contains the description “Person in Need”. Originally we considered using “Military Member” but then realized that was too restrictive and was not really consistent with our objectives. That is because the “Person in Need”may be the spouse, or child, or grandparent, or other person that is within the family systems environment of the military member that is being affected and needs assistance.
Middle Circle: The middle circle contains not only all the people that can be affected by the stress and difficulties being suffered by the person in need, but they are also the people that can affect and initiate the help for the person in need. It's a two-way street of possibility.
Outer Circle: The outer circle shows all the systems in our Society that will be adversely affected if we allow mental health issues to remain untreated. It may take 10 or 15 years (or less) to see those negative affects, but sure enough they will arise. Just like the middle circle entries, the societal organizations in the outer circle (especially faith networks) can act now to help and support those in the inner portions of these circles and reduce or prevent the negative future events from occuring....ACT NOW AND BE SAFE !!
The plan we are following to achieve the Mission of CareForTheTroops is based upon a number of “Causes of Concern”, some of which are listed above in the Executive Summary. Below is a visual attempt to show you the operations overview of this initiative.
The concept of the picture is matching an issue / cause of concern with the operations element of our plan we included to address that issue. There certainly are a number of aspects of our program as you have read about above so this visual is merely a summary as we have picked out what we think are some of the key elements.
Should you want to download or print out this picture, you can do so by accessing our Brochure Phamplet. Please use it to distribute to as many peoople and organizations as you can.