Making New Traditions
The loss of my son Joel Alan McNeil was devastating to me. It left a hole in my family that could never be filled.
I have chosen to add a new holiday tradition to my life. This new tradition is a remembrance service where I give a picture of my wonderful son Joel and words of love in honor of his life.
I join with other families and honor them as well. I still am sad, yet I am also joyful as I celebrate his life.
SOUTHWEST VETERANS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNOUNCES CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE RIPPLE EFFECT
The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) announced today that The Ripple Effect is one of two recipients of its quarterly Veteran Charitable Contribution Program. SWVCC will contribute $500.00 to The Ripple Effect to support its local programs.
THE RIPPLE EFFECT – Helping Veterans and Families HEAL! This organization has been created in honor of my son Joel to prevent suicide among Veterans.
The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) presented a $500.00 check to THE RIPPLE EFFECT , who is Helping Veterans and Families HEAL! This organization has been created in honor of my son Joel to prevent suicide among Veterans.. SWVCC is proud to be able to provide financial support to this most worthy cause. To learn more about or to donate to THE RIPPLE EFFECT please visit them at www.therippleeffectaz.com
Helping veterans, and their families, heal
There is a huge social issue in our country today within the veteran population – 22 Veterans committing suicide everyday. This despair has been created when services, which are meant to reintegrate the veteran back into society are too hard to navigate. The Ripple Effect – Helping Veterans and Families Heal implements their goals to help remedy this frustration three ways through education, collaboration and follow through.
||First, we educate the public about the reintegration process of the veteran with an emphasis on the prevention of suicide.
||Second, the collaboration of organizations who choose to work together, with the Ripple Effect as the backbone organization, providing safe places for the Veteran and their families to reintegrate within the realm of safety.
||Lastly, is the follow through by allowing Veterans to work closely with these Veterans. This will allow the Veterans and their families to navigate the road of reintegration in the areas of food, clothing, shelter, work, volunteer opportunities, housing, medical, and behavioral issues.
The outcome of the Ripple Effect philosophy of education, collaboration, and follow through is to fully reintegrate the veteran and their families back into society. The prevention of suicide will occur naturally because all the needs for reintegration have been met.