Florence Veterans organization honored by VA
November 26, 2019
The Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council was recognized Tuesday at its monthly meeting for the work it does to improve life for area Veterans.
James Wartski, executive director for the Community Veterans Experience Office in Washington, D.C., was on hand at the meeting to speak on the honor from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.
“The Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council has been serving as a gold standard of community organizations since long before the (Community Veterans Engagement Boards) model was developed,” Wartski told those in attendance as he read from prepared remarks.
“In my old career we used to call them the combat multiplier,” Wartski said after the presentation. The volunteers’ dedication to their community multiplies the efforts of the VA to serve the Veterans.
“We are truly blessed to be partners with them,” Wartski said.
The artificial intelligence systems capabilities developed by the Veterans Experience Office (VEO) searches through Veteran survey responses in real-time and highlights Veterans that may be in crisis. Crisis alerts are routed to the VA National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (NCCHV), Veteran Crisis Line (VCL), or other various VA offices that can offer assistance. This system has already engaged and led to early intervention for more than 1,400 Veterans in need to provide them assistance within minutes of the alert.
VA is listening to Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivors – and taking action. VA is committed to providing assistance to Veterans who may be in need of support. It’s our hope that Veterans will continue to seek assistance using all the resources made available to them, both in their local communities and nationally through the VA. As this program continues to grow, VA is optimistic that technology like this will elevate efforts to support and assist the Veterans in crisis across the country.
This article originally appeared on SCNow.