Disabled Veterans National Foundation Offers Assistance to Tennessee VA Medical Center

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Grant will help the program to cover costs of recreational outings for its patients.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a non-profit veterans service organization that focuses on helping men and women who serve and return home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom, is awarding a grant to the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, located in Mountain Home, Tennessee. This $1,450 grant will help the program to cover costs of recreational outings for its patients.

The MHICM is a very specialized program that serves 50 to 55 veterans who experience severe and persistent mental illness, and often struggle with typical social interactions. The program aims to help this particular group of veterans with not only psychiatric and psychosocial care, but also with symptoms management, housing, education, and recreation.

These funds will be used to take veterans on social and recreational outings such as bowling, fishing, picnics, and other activities. According to Jennifer Holtsclaw, a social worker with the program, veterans within this program often have limited social support, and these types of activities are beneficial to their wellbeing because they increase the veterans’ social skills. Additionally, she said that though these men and women can have difficulty engaging with others, these types of activities can give them often give them something to look forward to.

“Reducing stress and improving quality of life” is the main goal that Hotsclaw says the program looks to achieve. Since the program only gets funding for staff salaries and regular program operations, they saw the need to pursue funding from outside sources.

“Given DVNF’s common goal to help special-needs groups of veterans, this was a perfect opportunity to lend a hand to 55 outstanding veterans,” said DVNF President, Precilla Wilkewitz. “After all that these veterans have experienced, we hope this program can give them some peace of mind.”

About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community.

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