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Point of Contact:

Director of Family Services & Suicide Education Program

Donna Gishitomi (Surviving Spouse of Sergeant Daniel Renk, Drill Instructor, USMC)

Email:  donna@amvets-hawaii.org

Mission:

To provide mental health and suicide prevention information and resources for Veterans, Servicemembers, and their loved ones.

  • National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) is celebrated every May and is a declaration that encourages U.S. citizens to observe the month in a symbol of unity.
  • April is the Month of the Military Child.
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother's Day.
  • November is the Month of the Military Family.
  • Dedication of the Hawaii Gold Star Family Memorial Monument with Medal of Honor recipient & AmVets life member Mr. Hershel "Woody" Williams, Ewa Battlefield Post Commander, Ron Lam, Ewa Battlefield Post Vice Commander Clifford Chun and AmVets Hawaii Family Services Director, Donna Gishitomi; 17 March 2018

    Get Help with VA PTSD Care and Benefits:

    To get help with issues related to quality of care, you can contact several people at the VA Medical Center near you. If you are not satisfied with the services that you are receiving, all VA Medical Centers have the following personnel:

    Patient Representative/Advocate

    This person's job is to help make sure you are satisfied with your care. If this person does not help, you can then contact the VA Medical Center Director's Office.

    OEF/OIF Program Manager

    If you served in the more recent conflicts, you can approach the OEF/OIF Program Manager at your local VA. Their job is also to help coordinate your care.

    To get help if you are having problems with benefits or claims, contact: VA Benefits Information

    1-800-827-1000. Includes disability, pension, education, burial, and other Veterans' benefits. Please

    State Veterans Affairs Offices

    In addition to the federal VA, every state has an office of Veterans affairs. To get help if you are having problems with benefits or claims, contact:

    VA Benefits Information

    1-800-827-1000. Includes disability, pension, education, burial, and other Veterans' benefits. Please be aware that the National Center for PTSD does not provide any services related to benefits, and we do not have any additional information on the new rules.

    VA Health Benefits

    Call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit the Board of Veterans Appeals help desk to answer questions, give a status on your case, or direct you to the best referral source to answer your questions.

    State Veterans Affairs Offices In addition to the federal VA, every state has an office of Veterans affairs. These offices have personnel that can advocate for you and help with VA claims and paperwork.

    The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. More about the Veterans Crisis Line

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    American Veterans "AmVets" Hawaii is a 501(c)(19) non-profit, ALL volunteer Veterans Service Organization (VSO), https://amvets-hawaii.org. 100% of all donations received will directly fund our ROTC/JROTC Medals and Awards program, Hawaii Public Schools Essay Contests, the preservations of Ewa Battlefield, and other Memorials and Hawaii Historic sites. Your support will also help fund our annual Ewa Battlefield Pearl Harbor Commemoration, Veteran's Day ceremony, and other events. And most of all, your support will support program initiatives to benefit our Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers, and their families with needed assistance and advocacy.

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