2016 has been another year of growth for Heroes’ Voices. We expanded our programs, reached more veterans than ever before, and begun to raise our own voice on behalf of the veterans we serve. Some highlights of our year:
- More than 2,000 veterans participated in our workshops in 2016, and we impacted the lives of many more.
- We added new programs in controlled environments at the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the San Francisco VA Hospital and the San Francisco County Jail, and in a fully public setting at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building while continuing our work at the Cal-Vet Home in Yountville, the Menlo Park VA and the Livermore VA.
- We completed the first two ten-week programs in our Music and Veterans with PTSD research program with the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research.
- We were invited to join the Veterans Service Roundtable, sponsored by the US House of Representatives.
- We had private meetings with Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota (who serves on the Armed Services Committee and Veterans’ Affairs Committee), staff for Senator Chuck Schumer and for Senator Kristen Gillibrand, and key people at the Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the Department of Defense, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and The Pentagon.
- We reached over 350,000 people on Facebook, inspiring nearly 75,000 reactions. We grew from 1,500 to more than 2,700 page likes.
- We produced a new introductory video about our work.
Please take a look at one (or both!) of the versions of our new video:
We could not have done any of this without you and the thousands of other people like you who support and encourage our work.
We thank you.
And the veterans we serve thank you even more.