Mount Rogers Supports Our Nation’s Veterans and Service Members
Mount Rogers IDC is a participating non-profit agency with AbilityOne, a program that, among many other projects, delivers more than two hundred different apparel products to federal and Department of Defense customers.
The Advanced Combat Shirt is a modular, flame-resistant combat uniform shirt that can be worn with body armor during combat operations. It has a lightweight knit/stretch body with flame-resistant protective covers for the arms and shoulders.
The addition of the ACS project has helped the IDC to bring many individuals back to work from layoff, has increased the number of work hours for those who have recently been employed on a reduced schedule, and, through the employment of support personnel, has helped to lower the unemployment rate in the service area of the Counties of Smyth, Wythe, Bland, Carroll, Grayson, and the City of Galax.
Mount Rogers IDC and the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program have worked in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitative Services in offering the opportunity to participate in the ACS project to a local wounded warrior from our community.
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program was established in 2008, in response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation’s veterans and services members. The program is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and is currently implemented in the southwestern region by Mount Rogers Community Services Board and New River Community Services in partnership with Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia.
The program coordinates services for Virginia veterans of any era and their families as well as National Guard or Reservists not in active federal service, who may be faced with “invisible wounds”, associated with their military service, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Veteran Resource Specialist provides individual services such as Case Management; Evaluations for: employment, housing and transportation assistance, counseling and substance abuse services; Peer Networking/Support Groups; Community Education; and Outreach events.
Mount Rogers Community Services Board is honored to have the opportunity to offer multiple programs that provide a variety of tools and services to the community of veterans and their families who call Southwest Virginia their home.