In the News
– Local News: Wounded Warriors program grants, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
– Local News: Staunton Police seek hit-and-run suspect, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
– Event: Spring Bazaar at Weyers Cave Community Center, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Local News: Wounded Warriors program grants, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today announced the award of $1.7 million in grants to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves not on active duty who are suffering from combat-related head injuries and stress disorders. The funding is provided by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program to coalitions of community programs.
“We can’t control what happens to our service men and women while they are deployed, but we can influence what happens to them when they return home,” Gov. Kaine said. “Through the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program we can ensure that they and their families receive the treatment and services they need for a full recovery.”
About 20 percent of military service personnel returning from deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or depression; roughly 19 percent may have experienced traumatic brain injury; and 7 percent report both PTSD and TBI. The incidence of PTSD and other stress-related disorders is about 40% among members of the National Guard and Reserve who have been activated. Left untreated, these injuries can worsen, affecting the veteran’s ability to function, and also impacting his or her family members.
“This funding is being directly infused into our communities to assist veterans and their families,” said Catherine Wilson, Executive Director of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. “By focusing on partnerships with both public and private providers, these coalitions, led by community services boards, will be able to build new relationships centered on veterans and their families.”
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program was created by the 2008 General Assembly to ensure that services to veterans and their families are readily available in all areas of the state.
Of the total being committed statewide, $300,000 is going to programs in the Northwest Virginia region. The eight community services boards will provide outpatient counseling, medication management, and crisis intervention services to veterans, members of the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves not on active federal duty and their families on a priority basis. The CSBs in this region will also partner with veterans services organizations, National Guard, and Reserve units, faith-based, and other organizations to build peer support programs. Outreach to those in remote areas of the Region will utilize web-based technologies. Day support and case management services will be provided for veterans with traumatic brain injuries through local brain injury service providers.
Local News: Staunton Police seek hit-and-run suspect, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
The Staunton Police Department is requesting assistance in identifying a suspect in a felony hit-and-run that occurred on West Beverley Street at Highland Avenue on Saturday, April 4, 2009. There was approximately $6,000 worth of damage to the victim’s vehicle, a 2000 Nissan Maxima.
The suspect vehicle is a black Doge Ram with a brush guard and chrome wheels. The driver was described as a white male in his 30s.
Anyone with any information concerning this incident, or who is knows the identity of the suspect, please contact the Staunton Police Department at 540.332.3842 or call Crime Stoppers at 800.322.2017.
Event: Spring Bazaar at Weyers Cave Community Center, posted Friday, 11:45 a.m.
The Weyers Cave Community Center will play host to a Spring Bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Vendors include Cookie Lee Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Creative Memories, Barefoot Books, Scentsy and many more!