Do you know what Give an Hour's Reserve Component Program is?
Posted by Katie Civiletto on January 3, 2017 2:35 PM EST
In 2013 Give an Hour began our enhanced programming to support U.S. Reserve Components. Give an Hour recognizes the unique challenges faced by our Reserve Components and their families and continues to offer and expand our services directly to the Army Reserve (2015), Army National Guard (2013), and Air National Guard (2016). Reserve Component Program Staff works in tandem with military and DoD personnel to increase collaboration between Give an Hour mental health providers and volunteers, mental health associations, community organizations, coalitions, and employers.
Reserve Component Service Members are geographically dispersed, traveling distances to report for their service, and have limited access to traditional military support services available to active duty service members and families living near or on posts. Fluctuating between citizen and soldier, Reservists face additional stressors such as seeking civilian employment that will accommodate their military service. According to Amine Newswire, ”Guard and Reserve personnel were considered veterans only if they served in a federalized capacity for more than 179 days other than training. Even a reservist who attended regular training and drill for two decades, but never was federalized, could not claim to be a veteran. As of December 2016, Guard and Reserve members will be recognized as veterans if they serve honorably for 20 years” regardless of time served in a federalized capacity.
Give an Hour’s Reserve Component Programming focuses on recruiting, training and engaging volunteer mental health professionals to positively impact Military Personnel, Service Member’s Family Members and loved ones through face to face, telephonic and virtual therapy, outreach events and educational opportunities. In addition, Reserve Component Program Staff partner with Reserve personnel and community organizations to identify, garner support and lead special projects based on needs of specific units or states.
If you are interested in joining Give an Hour’s Reserve Component Program please contact Erin Timmermans, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Civiletto, Program Specialist at email@example.com to get involved.