America depends on its military veterans and their families to keep us safe at home and around the world. But their sacrifices come at a cost; every day in the U.S. 21 veterans commit suicide and another 50,000 veterans are homeless. These unacceptable statistics inspired the creation of a new resource for military families entitled 101+ Resources for Veterans: The Ultimate Resource Guide.
Published in July, the new guide is the work of Washington, D.C.-based author and radio personality Jennifer Hammondin association with A Hero Foundation, aherofoundation.org, a nonprofit group based in Beverly Hills, Calif., formed to assist military veterans as they transition to civilian life.
101+ Resources for Veterans, which took two years to research and write, brings together nonprofit, for-profit and government resources that are available to veterans in such areas as employment, education, entrepreneurship, wellness, transitioning home after service, community and housing, GI support and scholarships, financial services and social services.
Already an Amazon bestseller, the book represents a way of giving back for Hammond, who was adopted by a military family as a teenager. She credits that family with encouraging her to finish high school and obtain a scholarship to complete college and graduate school.
Hammond’s goal was to create a book that is more user friendly than the cumbersome annual directory produced by the Department of Veteran Affairs which lists many inactive websites and organizations whose voice mail boxes are full or do not return phone calls. Her book aims to feature the most effective organizations and will be updated to keep it current.
In an interview, she can answer such questions as:
- What are some of the ways the book is already changing lives?
- How can homelessness among vets be ended?
- Which organizations provide scholarships to vets or help them become entrepreneurs?
- What was it like living in the military community of Pensacola, Fla.?
Attention radio hosts: Hammond will give away a copy of her book during each interview.
Jennifer Hammond is an author, real estate professional, SiriusXM radio talk show host and advocate for veterans. She has brought veterans issues to light while interviewing seven congressmen on Capitol Hill for the Veterans Legislative Forum, the Veterans Homelessness Forum, and the Military Family Housing Forum for radio shows at SiriusXM, where she hosts her own radio program on real estate. Hammond has been featured on ABC, Bravo and HGTV’s Flipping Boston. She is the granddaughter and great-granddaughter of career Army soldiers.
Availability: Washington, D.C., nationwide by arrangement and via telephone
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