Alpha Omega Veterans Services - Memphis, TN
1st place winner and $10,000 grant recipient
Nominated by: Stefanie Schwegman
Members of the Global Clearance & Trade Services organization at FedEx Express have worked with Alpha Omega Veterans Services for many years to provide wish list items, organize and inventory supplies and volunteer for light clerical support. As a proud employer of veterans, we are humbled and grateful to support those who served our country in the communities in which we live and work.
Alpha Omega Veterans Services assists military veterans to reintegrate into society, often after achieving recovery and rehabilitation from debilitating mental and physical conditions. It was established in 1987 by a Memphis mother of two sons who returned from the Vietnam War suffering from what we now call PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). After finding no help for her children, she started Alpha Omega as one of the first independent organizations in the United States that specialized in providing supportive services to military veterans.
Initially serving eight veterans, Alpha Omega now has the capacity to house over 120 veterans (male and female) and provide counseling services to many more. They have served nearly 10,000 veterans since those humble beginnings. Today, Alpha Omega provides each veteran with a 30-day to two-year program with a goal of having them successfully rejoin society, engage in healthy independent living and secure placement into permanent housing. Each program has an integrated system of services including food, clothing, housing, transportation and assistance with rehabilitation that have been designed to meet the needs of our veterans.
During the course of their program, every veteran receives intensive counseling on both an individual and group basis to deal with combat/service-related conditions such as anger management, substance abuse, combat stress, PTSD and other mental health challenges.
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2nd place winner and $5,000 grant recipient
3rd place winner and $2,500 grant recipient