Understanding Military Culture & Engaging Veterans. Melissa Middleton, LISW OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager New Mexico VA Health Care System May 22, 2013. Photo by Cynthia Castillo, NMVAHCS Flags 10-2011. Objectives.
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Understanding Military Culture &Engaging Veterans
Melissa Middleton, LISW
OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager
New Mexico VA Health Care System
May 22, 2013
Photo by Cynthia Castillo, NMVAHCS Flags 10-2011
Mission: fight and win wars by providing land dominance promptly, and whenever necessary.
Responsibility: branch of the U.S armed forces responsible for land-based military operations.
History: It is the oldest established branch of the military and the largest branch.
Core Values: (spell out acronym LDRSHIP)
All members of the U.S. Army are termed “soldiers.”
Motto: “This We Will Defend.”
Loyalty - Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers.Duty - Fulfill your obligations.Respect - Treat people as they should be treated.Selfless Service - Put the welfare of the Nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.Honor - Live up to the Army Values.Integrity - Do what's right, legally and morally.Personal Courage- Face fear, danger, or adversity, (physical or moral)
Mission: Members are known as Guardians who protect the maritime economy and the environment, defend our maritime borders, and save those in peril.
Responsibility: Safeguard our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
History: Resides under the Department of Homeland Security but is considered part of the military service. Operates with the United States Navy upon the declaration of war or under the President’s direction.
Motto: SemperParatus, “Always Ready”for all hazards and all threats.
Mission: to train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression, and maintaining freedom of the seas.
Responsibilities: They specialize in crisis response, special operations, evacuations and humanitarian operations. All in order to protect and defend America and make the world a safer place.
A seagoing force to defend our seas and protect our shores.
Motto: Semper Fortis “Always Courageous”
Honor:I am accountable for my professional and personal behavior. I will be mindful of the privilege I have to serve my fellow Americans.Courage:Courage is the value that gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or adversity.Commitment:The day-to-day duty of every man and woman in the Department of the Navy is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves
All branches of the military have Reserve Units
Only the Air Force and the Army have National Guard Units
Since the draft was discontinued in 1973, we rely more on Reserve and Guard Members than any
other time in history.
Half of our deployed service members are Guard or Reserve
“ By the Book”
“There’s a right way, a wrong way, and the military way”
Warrior Culture- Bravery, Courage, Duty
Focused, Action Oriented, Physical Strength
Enjoy being part of a team
Loyal to Comrades- Leave no Man Behind!
Desire to maintain control in every situation
Survival requires “doing things the right way”
Protective of family and civilians
The Mission comes first above all else
Absolutely no patience with “Slackers”!!!
Let returning Vets know problems readjusting to community after a war situation are normal. Offer help in terms that they are more likely to value and accept: "How can I help you get your feet on the ground? How about some help with a job? How about letting me help you put your GI bill privileges to work? How can I help you get into school and stay in school? How can I help you and your family make sure that you have your budget under control?"