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How Veterans and Non-Veterans Can Get Socially and Physically Active
1 February 2016 - 13:46
It’s no secret that prolonged isolation is bad for you psychologically, professionally and even physically. Yet some former military members tend to isolate themselves, or at least limit their efforts to meet new people.
Don’t do it. Don’t isolate yourself. Get up, get out there, and own your lot in life. The end of your service is not the end of your story. Surround yourself with positive, and like-minded people. Stay physically and socially fit.
New Data Shows Fewer Veterans Behind Bars
8 January 2016 - 16:03
New Data Show Veterans in Prison Decreasing; Yet Prison is Still a Home for Violent Veteran Offenders
Tenderloin Tours Bridge Gaps in Community, Tech Industry
23 December 2015 - 10:00
When most people envision an organized tour of San Francisco, the last neighborhood that comes to mind is the Tenderloin.
Known for gritty streets, drug dealing and poverty, its reputation is enough to send residents and tourists alike in the opposite direction.
Del Seymour, however, known around town as the Tenderloin’s unofficial mayor, is doing everything he can to change that.
5 Ways to Support Veterans With PTSD During the Holidays
21 December 2015 - 10:00
Before Iraq, my holidays were all about presents and joy and family and food and fun… yay!
Today, however, having survived a 13-month deployment and enduring chronic pain as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), my holiday season is riddled with landmines of depression, weather that can set pain levels off the charts, and triggers that leave me exhausted, stressed, and unable to get out of bed. Some days I’m barely able to function.
Hire Veterans Through #100Vets Campaign
14 December 2015 - 0:00
With the holidays in full swing, Swords to Plowshares has launched our #100Vets Campaign with the aim of getting 100 veterans hired in 100 days. So far we've had a great response from local veterans in the community -- and now we need an even greater response from local employers to help us reach our goal!
Legal Services "Hub" for San Francisco Veterans
8 December 2015 - 23:28
Legal service providers in San Francisco and the Veterans Administration have formed the Veterans Legal Resource Hub, or V-HUB, a coordinated effort to bring comprehensive legal services to those who have served. V-HUB provides a centralized phone number and web portal for veterans to utilize for help in multiple areas of law, and to obtain referrals to attorneys or social services.
Clinic Provides Legal Assistance to LGBTQ Veterans
8 December 2015 - 0:15
In November, Swords to Plowshares held a drop-in legal clinic to assist LGBTQ veterans with military records corrections. The clinic, located at the historic San Francisco Glide Memorial Church, provided free legal assistance to transgender veterans seeking to obtain a new military separation document, known as a “DD214,” that would reflect their legal name today.
In addition, attorneys assisted veterans discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and similar policies in order to upgrade their discharge status and correct the narrative reason for separation on their DD214.
Why #GivingTuesday Matters
1 December 2015 - 14:49
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all about buying stuff.
Giving Tuesday, as its name implies, is about giving back.
A 24-hour online campaign that began in 2012, Giving Tuesday urges tech-savvy folks to make donations to their favorite charity. More often than not, you'll see it written as #GivingTuesday -- a hashtag to emphasize the shareable, clickable nature of the campaign on social media.
Take Part in the Combined Federal Campaign
20 November 2015 - 12:34
The Combined Federal Campaign season is in high gear!
As the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) accepts pledges made by Federal, postal and military workers during its campaign season (September 1st to December 15th). These pledges support eligible non-profit organizations -- like Swords to Plowshares -- that provide health and human service benefits throughout our country and around the globe.
Craig Newmark Joins Advisory Board
18 November 2015 - 11:03
Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, best known as the founder of Craigslist, has now joined Swords to Plowshares' Advisory Board. As one of the most active veteran proponents both in San Francisco and across the nation, he brings expertise in technology, community service, and veteran issues.