From Frank R. Norris, LCSW
April 3, 2019
As we prepare for another Stand Down I recognize that while you’re in the thick of your preparations that it can be hard to take a step back and see the purpose of it all. This is challenging and often under recognized work that you are doing. I don’t think people realize everything that goes into it behind the scenes. They just see the fruitful outcomes of your labor. You all are addressing a major gap in services that the VA is not equipped to provide. Unaddressed legal issues are consistently a top ten need identified by our Veterans year after year. It can be a tremendous barrier for our Veteran’s to overcome and can lead to poorer overall health outcomes because of the associated stress. Trust that you are making a difference. It is making our community stronger and healthier. It has been an honor to be part of this group both professionally and personally. So just in case you don’t hear it at Stand Down, on behalf of the VA and the Veterans that we serve, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SERVICE! You are creating pathways for people to move forward with their lives and giving our Veterans hope for a better future. Looking forward to being a part of another impactful Stand Down event.
Frank R. Norris, LCSW
VA’s Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator
Veteran Treatment Court Liaison Officer
Veteran Justice Outreach Coordinator
Sgt. Ernest “Boots” Thomas VA Clinic