America’s Warrior Partnership launches Alaska branch to support veterans
The program will provide proactive outreach, engagement and holistic and coordinated support to help prevent veteran suicide.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Warrior Partnership (AWP) today announced the creation of a new branch in Alaska called Alaska Warrior Partnership (AKWP). AKWP will focus on proactively engaging veterans, family members and caregivers to better understand their needs and improve their quality of life.
“We are proud that the Alaska Warrior Partnership supports veterans locally,” said Jim Lorraine, President and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “By connecting at the grassroots level in a veteran’s community, we can provide a unique approach, which is so critical to providing a better quality of life and ultimately reducing veteran suicide.”
AKWP will apply AWP’s community integration model, which is a holistic, veteran-focused, community-led initiative to proactively connect and engage with all veterans in a given region to to ensure that they have access to all quality resources and opportunities available in collaboration with their community. Coordinated services include recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, and occasionally housing, employment, access to education or health care provided by community partners.
Alaska is home to about 65,000 veterans, according to the U.S. Census report, and about a third of that population resides outside Anchoring and other major cities, in small rural towns and remote off-road villages. Veterans and their families have a plethora of support resources and opportunities in Anchoring and major cities, but many, especially those outside these areas, are unaware of this and the benefits they have gained.
“Alaska Warrior Partnership engages with veterans and coordinates services across our vast geographic area,” said Amanda Marr, Alaska Army veteran and AKWP program manager. Marr has been meeting veterans and building community program infrastructure over the past few months. want a veteran in Aniak knowing that they are just as important and connected as a veteran in Anchoringand we do this above all by getting to know the veterans of Alaska; proactively contact them where SHE OR THEY are, and build trusting relationships through meaningful and holistic engagement. »
According to a 2021 Department of Veterans Affairs report, United States the veteran population has declined by 23% over the past twenty years, while the suicide rate has increased by 35%. The VA estimates that approximately 17 veterans die by suicide per day. The community integration model ensures they connect with veterans in local communities and provides a pathway to resources and opportunities to improve the quality of life, aiming to significantly reduce these suicide rates.
For more information about America’s Warrior Partnership and their community integration efforts in Alaska and across the country, subscribe to America’s Warrior Partnership newsletter by visiting https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org.
About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We bridge the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and their caregivers. Our programs make nonprofits more effective, improve their bottom line, and strengthen their initiatives. Preventing veteran suicide is the singular result of the work of America’s Warrior Partnership.
About the Alaska Warrior Partnership
The Alaska Warrior Partnership is committed to improving the quality of life for veterans in the state of Alaska through proactive outreach and engagement, fostering ongoing relationships with our veterans, their families and caregivers, and coordinating holistic services and opportunities in collaboration with the community. https://www.americaswarriorpartnership.org/alaska-warrior-partnership
SOURCE America’s Warrior Partnership