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Healing Our Heroes Network

April 22, 2010 by  
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WHAT IS THE HEALING OUR HEROES (HOH) NETWORK?

Healing Our Heroes Network is a web-based “software as a service” (SaaS) application to anonymously connect military personnel with local resources based on specific need and unique life situation. “Military personnel” may be any active, reserve, or retired veteran who has served in any branch of the US military. HOH client subscribers may be a friend, family member or the individual military professional themselves. Personal identification information (beyond an email address) is NOT collected, preserving the individual’s anonymity as they search a widespread database of prospective resources addressing their unique situation. Raising veteran awareness for immediate, urgent resources such as the Suicide Hotline (800.273.TALK or 8522) as a first line response is critical (Note: To date this hotline service has realized over 5,000 successful rescue interventions).

WHY IS THE HOH NETWORK NEEDED?

Many communities have extensive resources in place to address the needs of veterans, having done an excellent job of delivering online directories itemizing services. However, veterans seeking services are often in a stressful life situation which prevents them from easily reaching out to the cadre of services. HOH Network provides a dynamic, active complement to the broad range of community based resources in order to access exactly what the veteran and their family needs at the right time and in the right fashion. This dynamic outreach mechanism proactively engages service providers and other suppliers with building a trusted dialog with the veteran in a way that dispels any stigma associated with seeking help and/or concern over damaging a veteran’s career should their employer learn he or she is seeking out services or assistance with emotional issues.

THE NEED TO DISPEL STIGMA AND MISCONCEPTIONS

Many military professionals are under the misconception that reaching out for assistance (especially for mental health issues) will negate them from career opportunities, ongoing service and subsequent deployments. This stigma is further exacerbated given military personnel are trained as warriors and have the view that reaching out for critical help on the home front is a sign of weakness which flies in the face of all their warrior training. These misconceptions are untrue since military personnel are protected by a cohesive set of rules, laws and other regulations making these prevalent myths irrelevant.

THE NEED FOR DYNAMIC, ON-DEMAND SERVICE

By providing an automatic “broadcast” need for help to providers, the veteran saves valuable time and angst searching online directories and formulating specific emails or initiating phone contacts one by one. HOH Network provides a “just in time” delivery of services to the veteran seeking assistance through special communications dynamics. When a provider receives an active request from an anonymous requestor, they control how and when to respond in a timely fashion, either personally to the requestor or delegating to a qualified colleague.

THE NEED TO ADDRESS REDEPLOYMENT COMPLEXITIES

Unlike previous national war conflicts, Operation Enduring Freedom/ Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans are comprised of over 50% reservists who endure multiple deployments, some as much as nine times in as many years. Veterans returning from deployment face a tremendous challenge upon home life reintegration. Multiple deployments, however, exponentially increase the complexities of reestablishing life at home. Pre-deployment training focuses on building a warrior who works efficiently and effectively as a reliable part of a broad cohesive team.

By providing an anonymous “broadcast” call for assistance to providers, a safe and protected environment is provided whereby the veteran may engage in substantial trusted relationships to get the services needed to avoid major consequences such as homelessness, job loss, bankruptcy or other major life-altering events. A repeatable, portable, web-enabled connectivity network provides synergy among the many volunteers and other valuable community based resources critical to serving a veteran’s needs in a timely and confidential manner, averting potential disastrous life consequences for all involved.

WHO IS SERVED BY HOH NETWORK?

Veterans and their families are the primary clients of the HOH Network. Health care providers and others who deliver supplies and services to veterans and their families are the secondary audience being serviced.
The suppliers/providers can be registered with the HOH Network as individuals or as organizations with a delineated point of contact registered within the HOH Network local database.

HOH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT TEAM

The HOH Network is sponsored by Soldiers Bible Ministry, a division of Heart of God International Ministries (HGIM), an Ohio-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Vistalogix, Inc., a for-profit Information Technology (IT) Services Corporation based in St. Petersburg, FL, has assigned its highly qualified team of IT professionals to develop the HOH Network in partnership with HGIM. Vistalogix is providing planning, design, implementation and support services through their unique SaaS web-based portal infrastructure.

HOW WILL HOH BE DELIVERED?

Vistalogix has provided the initial funding to develop this unique solution making it possible for communities interested in implementing the HOH Network for their local veterans and their families. Ongoing expansion funding is being sought by HGIM.

Community organizations benefit from a world class IT firm’s experience in technology deployment at no cost to member providers. By implementing the HOH Network in a given community, the participating providers gain access to a prospective national network of benchmarking data, best practices information such as UNC Charlotte’s Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG) research and other innovations targeted at providing needed services to the veteran and his family addressing their unique and special situations.

WHERE AND WHEN WILL HOH BE AVAILABLE?

Initial pilot HOH Networks are being planned for implementation in Rochester, NY and Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL through 2010. An official national announcement campaign is scheduled for February 2011. Subsequent implementation is slated for various communities in California, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State, and other locations as interest and resources are identified.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

HOH Networks welcome any and all volunteer support at the local and national level. To learn more and/or get involved, please contact John Hoben at 1.888.917.7256 or email info@healingourheroes.org.

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