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University of South Carolina Upstate


dfeSPARTANBURG, SC (SCDVA)- The University of South Carolina-Upstate is the latest educational institution to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. USC Upstate has dedicated years to serving and supporting military students, Veterans, and their families. USC Upstate provides a wide range of resources and services tailored specifically for Veterans to foster an environment that is Veteran-friendly. Connecting with the South Carolina Veteran Coalition provides military and Veteran students at the university additional resources to assist them with their academic development and beyond.

sdfsdf "I'm so pleased to welcome the University of South Carolina Upstate into the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. Chancellor Bennie Harris and his team have a great commitment to Veterans and military students," said SCDVA Secretary Todd B. McCaffrey.hjbn

“This partnership aligns with our university’s commitment to fostering innovation, inclusivity, and community collaboration. We are honored to play a pivotal role in the realization of a platform that will undoubtedly enhance the lives of our South Carolina Veterans," said USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie L. Harris.

 sdfsdfThe SC Veteran Coalition powered by Combined Arms will not only streamline the process of connecting clients with vital services but also ensure accountability and transparency across all levels of engagement,” said Donette Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions at USC Upstate. “Through this innovative partnership, Veterans and their families will receive the support they deserve, creating a stronger and more interconnected Veteran community.


For more information on support for Veterans, service members, and their families from USC Upstate click here.

The Citadel


sdfsdfCHARLESTON, SC (SCDVA) - The Citadel is the sole military college who has partnered with the South Carolina Veteran Coalition to provide additional resources to their students. The Citadel is one of six senior military colleges in the United States and offers Veterans the opportunity to complete or advance their education in an environment that understands and appreciates their military service.

gdg"Veterans are a part of our constituency here. We educate them and this state is a great state for Veterans to come get an education and prosper. So it's a great partnership with the state and we are going to very much enjoy it, " said Citadel President Glenn Walters.sdfsd

"The South Carolina Veteran Coalition is really designed to extend the reach to Veterans across the entire state, across all walks of life, from all demographics. And so by having an organization like The Citadel that deals with a very high performing group of Veterans, this is an awesome opportunity to extend our reach to that group of Veterans," said SCDVA Secretary Todd B. McCaffrey

For more information about the Citadel's programs click here.

Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center



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dfsdsdfCHARLESTON, SC — The Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System (VAHCS) recently hosted the Secretary of South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA), Major General (Ret.) Todd B. McCaffrey for an official partnership signing. The partnership signing will allow for both the SCDVA and Ralph H. Johnson VAHCS to further help Veterans, their families, and caregivers, by connecting them to resources and programs through participating Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s) in South Carolina. The South Carolina Veteran Coalition, which is comprised of the SCDVA, VSOs, and South Carolina County Veterans' Affairs offices, helps connect Veterans and their family members to organizations in their area that can help aid in their direct needs.

sdfsdfThis is a phenomenal opportunity for our health care system to collaborate with our state level Veterans Affairs organizations and the organizations that support Veteran’s around the Lowcountry,” said Scott Isaacks, Director/CEO of the Ralph H. Johnson VAHCS. “We are committed to ensuring that Veterans have every possible resource available to help with the needs they have.

About the Ralph H. Johnson VA Healthcare System

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The Ralph H. Johnson VAHCS is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing high quality complex care and is one of the nation’s top VA medical research programs for approximately 85,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts. The health care system includes six community-based outpatient clinics, a full range of inpatient and outpatient care, including medical and surgical intensive care, women’s health, and a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility. Rated as one of only two 5-star hospitals in South Carolina for patient satisfaction, the Ralph H. Johnson VAHCS is a leading health care system amongst both VA and non-VA healthcare facilities. For more information, visit

Greenwood Pathway House


greenwwoodThe Greenwood Pathway House is the most recent nonprofit organization to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition through a partnership with SCDVA. The Greenwood Pathway House's focus is to overcome homelessnessn m nmm in the area by helping homeless persons, including Veterans, navigate a pathway to physical, financial and social stability through holistic trauma-informed care to help them overcome homelessness permanently. They offer men, women, and women with children safety and shelter so they can focus on learning and putting into practice the necessary skills to help them transition form life on the streets to productive members of their community. Greenwood Pathway House is the only provider of homeless services for men women and children in seven counties: Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Saluda, Laurens, and Newberry. With a strong focus on helping those in need, Greenwood Pathway House has an even stronger focus on helping and supporting Veterans.fdz

"Greenwood Pathway House is a Veteran-led, Veteran-friendly organization. We have Veterans on our board, Veterans on our staff, Veterans that volunteer, Veterans that donate and we have Veterans as clients," said Executive Director Anthony Price. " I personally believe that the words homeless and Veteran should never be used together in the same sentence."

sdfsd"In the Greenwood area alone there are over 4,000 Veterans and we want to make sure that our Veterans in this area have every resource they deserve and need," said SCDVA Upstate Regional Integration Officer Paulette Dunn. "The more services and  more resources that we can build in this area, the better chance our Veterans have to thrive."

For more information on Greenwood Pathway House click here.

To view the partnership signing, click here.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

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The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has expanded the resources available to the survivors of Veterans and services members in South Carolina by joining the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. TAPS is the national nonprofit organization that provides compassionate care and comprehensive resources for all those grieving the death of a military or Veteran loved one. Since 1994 TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families anddf loved ones.

"If I were to explain the TAPS program in just one simple piece, it's about building community, building a village, and creating a safe space for the survivors of any military loss that we have," says TAPS Military Liaison Davina French. "It's not just about mental health, it's about really finding out who you are and getting through the situation and sometimes the trauma that comes with military grief."

The services provided through TAPS are a key resource  need to support the survivors of Veterans and service members in South Carolina according to SCDVA Deputy Director of Operations Dan Wrightsman.

"dwThe Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is more than just going out to the funeral, the memorial service, and thanking the family member or giving condolences. It's the continued services after those services are complete," says Wrightsman.

For more information on TAPS and the services they offer click here.

To view the partnership signing, click here.

Range Fore Hope Foundation

rnageVeterans in South Carolina can now combat the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by teeing off on the golf course.range  Range Fore Hope Foundation has officially joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. In 2018, retired US Army First Sergeant Alvin King, founded King Fore a Day, a Veteran charity golf event. The goal was to support South Carolina based Veteran nonprofits to fight against the affects of PTSD. Range Fore Hope Foundation's mission is to promote an environment that fosters and encourages its participants to use golf as a therapeutic resource for Veterans, active duty service members, and their families.

For more information click here

To view the partnership signing click here.

Providing Hope VA

Providing Hope VA is one of the newest organizations to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. Providing Hope VA’s mission is to support Veterans byphvafdgdfgdeveloping an understanding, caring, and compassionate environment to ensure their welfare. The organization works to provide shelter, awareness, and hope to struggling Veterans in the community. Located in Loris, SC, this small, community based organization also provides vacations for active-duty servicemembers and veterans in Myrtle Beach, SC, Honor the Fallen memorial plaques for Gold Star families, Dress for Success, Veteran transport, and community outreach. Their primary focus is providing emergency assistance for Veterans. The organization assists Veterans facing financial difficulties, homelessness, unemployment, and those in need of treatment. Providing Hope VA works as a bridge to fill the gap between the Veteran's Administration and Veterans in need throughout communities in the state.

For more information click here.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Compass of Carolina

csAt Compass of Carolina, we often meet veterans who would benefit from services that our organization does not provide.  Participating in the Combined Arms platform enables cross agency collaboration resulting in increased access to services," said Interim Executive Director Laurie Rovin.

Founded in 1919, Compass of Carolina exists to serve people of the Upstate who are seeking positive solutions to improve their lives and relationships, providing clarity, intervention, and education through a variety of critical services. Compass of the Carolinas experienced and compassionate team is dedicated to offering solutions for those who need a second chance. We help rebuild trust, strengthen relationships and provide direction through some of life’s hardest times. Compass of Carolina believes that everyone has the right to live, work and learn in safety. Building healthy relationships and promoting independence are central to their values. They offer a variety of services to adults and children of all walks of life, regardless of income, gender, race, age or sexual orientation — and have done so for decades for the Upstate. For more information CLICK HERE.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Mill Village Ministries

ms "We are excited to partner with SCDVA and provide access to resources for our Veteran community members. This demographic of our community has given of themselves so selflessly and deserves to flourish in all areas. We are committed to unifying our communities and doing our part to help everyone thrive," said Operations Director Sabrina Baxter Reeder.

Mill Village Ministries is a faith-based family of nonprofit enterprises that elevates their whole community through social justice, healthy food, bicycle access, youth employment, and entrepreneurial training in Greenville, SC. Their mission is to confront local, systemic injustice through education, access, and resources by inviting the whole community to spark multigenerational improvements in Greenville, SC. MVM's vision is a Greenville that cherishes the common good to the point that everyone experiences dignity, belonging, and economic flourishing. For more information CLICK HERE.

To view the partnership signing click here.

North American Rescue

nadNorth American Rescue is dedicated to decreasing preventable death by providing the most effective and highest quality mission critical medical products to our military, federal agencies, civilian law enforcement, EMS and pre-hospital life savers. NAR's commitment to their customers, quality and the community drives their desire to ensure that they remain at the forefront of casualty care as a premier provider of life saving products and supplies. For more information CLICK HERE.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Mental Health America of Greenville County

mhbWe are so grateful for this collaboration.  Collectively, it will strengthen support services, reduce referral turnaround time and ultimately prevent suicide.” said Executive Director Jennifer Piver.

Mental Health America, of which Mental Health America of Greenville County is an affiliate, is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Mental Health America of Greenville County's mission positively impacts mental health through advocacy, awareness and services. MHA envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice. MHA believes that mental health is essential to the development and realization of every person's full potential and that people with mental illnesses can recover and live healthy and productive lives. For more information CLICK HERE.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Meals on Wheels (Greenville)

mowm"Meals on Wheels is honored to be a part of the SCDVA coalition. Our hope is that we can provide nutritional support and companionship to veterans who are battling food insecurity and lack of a support system," said Executive Director Catriona Carlisle.

Meals on Wheels of Greenville is a non-profit, home-delivered, hot meal service for homebound persons who are unable to prepare their own food. Meals on Wheels of Greenville relies solely upon private contributions without funding from the Government or United Way. Currently, Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers over 1,500 life-sustaining meals each day to residents throughout Greenville County. For more information call 864-233-6565 or CLICK HERE.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Clemson University


Clemson Health Extension LogoClemson MV LogoCLEMSON, SC (SCDVA) — Clemson University is the next higher education institution to join the growing list of Upstate partners within the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA) Veteran Coalition to ensure Veterans are aware and have access to much needed resources for education, career development and military transition assistance.

Clemson University’s Military and Veteran Engagement joins the coalition as education partners along with Clemson Extension joining asclems training and resource navigation partners. Clemson University’s Military and Veteran Engagement program serves more than 1,100 student Veterans, service members and military-connected students by assisting them through development of key campus connections and resources available to aid their respective journeys. Clemson offers a Military and Veteran Engagement Resource Center, military tutoring resources, military scholarships and residency and access to VA educational benefits.

Emily DaBruzzi“Joining the South Carolina Veteran Coalition reinforces our university’s level of commitment to Veterans,” says Director, Emily DaBruzzi. “Military & Veteran Engagement is excited to offer additional opportunities and tailored assistance to Veterans who want to connect and learn more about attending Clemson University. We look forward to providing early support while Veterans are considering Clemson and continuing that support through the admissions process and during the transition to campus via the Combined Arms platform.”  

Dr Michelle ParisiDr. Michelle Parisi, Extension Division Director for Health, Nutrition and Youth Development stated, “Clemson Cooperative Extension will partner with the coalition to create a multidirectional referral pathway. Through this partnership, we will be able to serve Veterans across the state, connecting them with health, workforce training, education, farming, and social service resources. Extension agents alongside SCDVA Pathfinders will create a safety net of support for SC Veterans, ensuring a safe and productive transition back into civilian life.”  

David RozelleDavid Rozelle, SCDVA’s Director of Operations has developed a close relationship with leaders at Clemson University, acknowledging the critical resources Clemson offers to military students and service members seeking educational and career assistance.

“When we started working on building our South Carolina Veteran Coalition, we knew that our universities were going to be a key to success, as they have so many Veterans enrolled as students and working as employees,” says Rozelle“Clemson has a goal to be the most Veteran Friendly University in South Carolina, and this partnership is allowing them to get one step closer. We are proud to partner with Clemson, as it houses so many programs that are inclusive of Military and their families.”

To view the partnership signing click here.

Technical College of the Lowcountry


tclThe Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) has joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. TCL offers 80+ degree, certificate and diploma pathways across credit and non-credit programs. TCL is an approved institution for administering the educational benefit programs of the Veterans Administration (VA) as well as a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. As parttcl of the SC Veteran Coalition, TCL can now do more for Veterans, servicemembers and their families who are located in the Lowcountry.

“This is a great day for TCL and for our veterans and their family members who make up a significant percentage of our student population,” said TCL President Dr. Richard Gough, who signed the partnership agreement with SCDVA on behalf of the college. “We really want to reach out to our military population, veterans, active duty and their families and get them what they need to move on to the next phase of their life or, if they’re on active duty, to improve their skills while they’re still in."

“The pathway for our veterans back to being great and thriving is through education,” said SCDVA Director of Operations Dave Rozelle. “That’s really the first stop, and education leads to employment, and employment leads to thriving.”

For more information on TCL’s military and veterans services, visit

University of South Carolina Veteran & Military Affairs


The University of South Carolina was ranked number one by Military Times as the best university for Veterans in 2022. Now, the uscuniversity's Veteran & Military Affairs department has partnered with the SC Coalition to provide more educational and career resources for Veterans across the state. Veteran & Military Affairs help guide Veterans in their transition process by providing them access to information tailored for them andusc their dependents, on-campus connections and resources, tuition assistance and so much more. Seventy-percent of Veterans go back to college post-military service and USC is committed to providing them with the tools that they need for success.

"Partnerships is a big key piece to us furthering our commitment and providing more holistic support for our entire student population. It means a great deal to us as a flagship university in the state of South Carolina to be the first four-year public university to partner with SCDVA on this platform that I believe will be incredibly valuable for servicemembers as they are transitioning out...," says Executive Director of Veterans and Military Affairs Jared Evans.

For more information on USC's Veteran and Military Services department click here.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation


rThe Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is now a part of the South Carolina Veterans Coalition. Through the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Veterans can receive care related to spinal cord injuries and other spinal cord related issues. The foundation provides statewide coverage for Veterans and can also connect them with other resources that may not be covered within the Veterans Affairs network. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. Their core beliefs revolve around empowering those affected by paralysis with the best knowledge, resources and support; the power of "WE" and how those affected should not be alone; and that people with paralysis have a right to a life with dignity. To learn more about their Military and Veterans Program click here.

WATCH the partnership signing by clicking here.

Military Hearts Matter


mhm Military Hearts Matter was founded when Holly Vega, a military spouse, realized there was an entire unknown and unsupported community of military personnel and their families that were dealing with heart-related issues. This realization came in 2013 after speaking with an audiologist who shared how her husband died from a heart attack while on active duty, one week after returning home from Iraq. Vega began the  Military Hearts Matter Movement in 2013 which later culminated into her officially co-founding Military Hearts Matter as a non-profit with Kaprece James. In addition to its advocacy and awareness campaigns, Military Hearts Matter supports various programs including scholarships, room makeovers for military heart children (Heart of SuperNova Program), and sending heart blessings to those military families in need (Blessings from the Heart Program). To learn more about Military Hearts Matter and the resources it provides for military families click here.

Bridge of Hope Counseling Centers Inc.


boh Bridge of Hope Counseling Centers Inc. joined the SC Veteran Coalition in February of 2023. Veterans in Sumter and surrounding areas can receive mental health counseling and more. Bridge of Hope's mission is to bring hope to the nation by helping Veterans, including those displaced and/or homeless, become productive members of society. Their programs include: mental health counseling, job training and placement and housing initiatives. Bridge of Hope's goal is to reach Veterans through their programs by teaching them how to live productive lives with minimal assistance and without depending on drugs or alcohol to mask their problems. To learn more about the programs and services that Bridge of Hope offers click here.

To view the partnership signing click here.

Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center 


Veterans in South Carolina now have more resources and support options through the South Carolina Veteran Coalition across state lines. On January 17, 2023 the Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, partnered with SCDVA by joining the Coalition.

The Norwood VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury treatment and much more. Norwood VA is the second VA medical center to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition.

Robert Reeder"We actually have two campuses...Here at our uptown campus we have a blind rehab...primary care, community living centers and our nursing homes are also here." said Charlie Norwood VA Associate Director Robert Reeder" Downtown, at our other location, we have our in-patient facility, we have a spinal cord injury and diseases facility as well as our specialty clinics..."


"SCDVA works through the South Carolina Veteran Coalition to provide referrals to our Veterans in need. Our USDVA Medical Centers and network of Clinics are our first choice for Veterans’ health. We want to continue to build trust in this system and know that the entire team is doing their best to support South Carolina Veterans.  I want to build trust in our Veterans to know that if we send them to the VA they're going to get the best care that they can get and that's happening right here at the Norwood Medical Center in August, as they serve South Carolina Veterans," says SCDVA Director of Operation Dave Rozelle. 

"SCDVA is proud of our partnerships with agencies, like our USDVA Medical Centers, who create a wide area of coverage for health care, just as Goodwill supports employment support, and Harvest Hope provides food for the food insecure.  We want partners that provide support for the demand signal our Veterans provide and we can get them the help they need. When it comes to Veterans’ health, we're sending them first to the VA, which is why this is so critical today."

Veterans in South Carolina who live in counties closest to Augusta, GA can utilize the following facilities:

Charlie Norwood Dept. of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center
950 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30904
(706) 733-0188


Augusta VA Medical Center – Uptown
One Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904
(706) 733-0188


Aiken VA Clinic
951 Millbrook Avenue
Aiken, SC 29803-6526
(706) 733-0188 ext. 45611

For more information on services offered at Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center click here.

Big Red Barn Retreat


brbOn January 5, 2023 The Big Red Barn Retreat (The Big Red Barn) joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. The Big Read Barn's focus is "helping heroes thrive". The Big Red Barn assists active duty servicemembers, first responders and Veterans by offering various training, programs, and integrated practices (alternatives to traditional treatments) at little to no cost. The Big Red Barn strives to help those who have served and those who continue to serve their country and communities build connections, rediscover their purpose, and find joy despite the challenges they may face.

david williams"The Big Red Barn Retreat is proud to announce that our organization has officially partnered with the South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs Coalition network to provide Veterans and their families with access to resources they need in the state of South Carolina. The SC Veterans Coalition exists to connect Veterans with organizations that can assist them in accomplishing their personal and professional goals in order to thrive after military service," said David Williams, Executive Director of The Big Red Barn Retreat. "This partnership with the BRBR will result in many more Veterans and their families thriving as valued contributing members of the South Carolina community!" 

You can find more resources and information about the programs that The Big Red Barn Retreat offers by clicking here.

 WATCH the Big Red Barn - SCDVA Partnership Signing


South Carolina National Guard

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On December 14, 2022, the South Carolina National Guard signed aMOU memorandum of understanding to join the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. Through this new partnership, S.C. National Guard is dedicated to providing services for Servicemembers, Veterans, and their family members in South Carolina that include financial counseling, health and wellness, suicide prevention and behavioral health, substance abuse, and transition assistance.  With the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs partnering with the South Carolina National Guard Servicemember & Family Care (SMFC) Program, Servicemembers, Veterans and their families can use the resources available with the SMFC teams across the state. The map below shows the locations of each SFMC Regional Location.



WATCH the SC National Guard and SCDVA partnership signing by clicking here.


Warrior Surf Foundation

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Warrior Surf Foundation is unique as a Veteran non-profit because it uses a whole health approach to enhancing Veterans' and their families' physical and mental wellness. Warrior Surf uses positive psychology, mindfulness, and the experiential activity of surfing to allow Veterans to take an active approach to make positive changes in their lives. By incorporating Veterans into a self-sustaining supportive community, we allow them to create purpose by giving back to other Veterans through mentorship, surf coaching, and even becoming wellness coaches themselves. It's a positive feedback loop that creates an upstream solution to community building and suicide prevention.

Stephanie Dasher"Being a part of the SC Veteran Coalition creates positive opportunities for Veterans in our program because it enables our social worker to diversify our network and resources," says Warrior Surf Executive Director, Stephanie Dasher. "Not only are Veterans able to find Warrior Surf Foundation as a potential resource, but we're easily connected to other programs and resources that can benefit the Veterans already in our program. Warrior Surf Foundation strongly believes that no one organization can do it all, and we must be part of creating the same kind of upstream community approach among Veteran organizations that we create among the Veterans in our program."

What would you tell a Veteran on the fence about getting involved with WSF?
"Any of the staff in our organization would tell a Veteran on the fence that the thinking they've used up until now isn't the thinking that will solve their problems," says Dasher. "Isolating, withdrawing, and operating out of fear are amazing protective mechanisms that most of us have used at one point or another to keep ourselves safe, but being safe and truly living aren't the same things. We can't promise you that you'll never feel bad feelings again, we can't take away hard memories, and we wouldn't want to. What we can do, is give you the tools that make those things a little bit easier to deal with. Skills that make stepping out of your comfort zone manageable, and offer an opportunity to not only grow yourself but help others grow as well. Warrior Surf 1

[As a Veteran] Yes. You're enough. Because you exist, you're enough. When we first sign on that dotted line, we feel like we can take on the world. Sometimes the world makes us forget, but that fire still exists inside of all of us. Life and mental health isn't some mountain to be conquered or summited. Many times we will find ourselves sojourning in tough terrain, and we all have to ask ourselves, "What next, and where is the next foothold?" If we can manage to look up from where we feel stuck, we find that others are journeying alongside us, ready to lock hands and pull us out of the mire. Sometimes we'll be the handing reaching down, and sometimes we'll be the hand reaching up for help; that's life, it's beautiful, and it's ok," says Dasher.

To learn more about Warrior Surf Foundation visit their website at this link:

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"Hush No More"

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On October 12, 2022 the nonprofit organization "HUSH No More" joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition. "HUSH No More" was founded in heather2019 and provides a platform for survivors of domestic abuse to share their experience with 'HUSH Topics' as well as training that will help promote awareness and prevention within the communities that they serve. HUSH Topics are those topics that individuals, families, and hush no moreorganizations have a hard time discussing such as: sexual assault, incest, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking and sexual harassment. 

"Signing 'HUSH No More' into the South Carolina Veteran Coalition is another step into helping Veterans get the resources they need so they can continue to thrive in the community," says SCDVA Midlands Regional Integration Officer, Heather Durant-McEady.  According to Durant-McEady, HUSH No More's partnership with the Veteran Coalition is important because it provides free services to men and women who have been victims of domestic or partner violence.

The executive director of "HUSH No More" stated how important it was for her organization to have access to the state's resources so that they could help those in the community who are struggling with domestic abuse even further.

"TDr. Guytonhe reason why I think the connection is important because the state has so many programs and services that are available to Veterans and their families that we do not know. I am Army and also a survivor of military sexual trauma so I have had needs that were not met because I did not know where to get the help. I did not know what services were available. Definitely didn't know how many services the state of South Carolina provides for Veterans and their families. So I'm excited...," says HUSH No More Executive Director Dr. Vanessa Guyton

For more information about HUSH No More and the services they offer click here.

For information regarding resources for domestic violence in South Carolina click here.

Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands


Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) and the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA) have joined together to ensure Veterans and their families have access to the strongest network of education, employment, and family support services.

Goodwill and SCDVA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the non-profit to formally join other veteran-serving organizations under the South Carolina Veteran Coalition powered by “Combined Arms.” Combined Arms creates a network for organizations to more easily and effectively communicate and identify available services for Veterans and their families, and then make referrals as needed.

WATCH the MOU signing by clicking the photo below.


GIUMSC’s spectrum of programs have long-supported Veterans looking for education and employment assistance, directly placing hundreds of the country’s bravest into meaningful jobs each year.PATRICK MICHAELS

“Our hope is that no one who stands up in service of our country ever feels lost, hopeless, or unprepared for life after active duty,” said GIUMSC President and CEO Patrick Michaels. “As an Army Veteran, Goodwill was my ‘stepping stone’ to the civilian workforce. Nearly 30 years later, I’m overjoyed with knowing that we now have the opportunity to help others take that same step.”

Goodwill and SCDVA’s agreement also symbolizes an important milestone for South Carolina and the Veterans and their families who call this state home.


“This MOU is the final piece in establishing complete coverage across all 46 counties in South Carolina,” shared SCDVA Director of Operations David Rozelle“Goodwill has been an important leader in assisting veterans and their families, with or without any agreements, as they organizationally have always looked for and found ways to partner and support our veterans.”

Last year, GIUMSC provided education and career services to more than 10,000 South Carolinians. LEARN MORE about the Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands by clicking HERE.


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WarriorWOD’s “Exercise is the RX for Veteran PTS” Program aligns with the SCDVA's priority of supporting our Veteran population in South Carolina. The group provides direct services to support Veterans and their families by prioritizing exercise, nutrition, and mentorship as the leading prescription for Veterans' recovery from PTS,  decreasing Veteran suicide, obesity, unemployment, and homelessness rates.

The “Exercise is the RX for Veteran PTS” program consists of three components: exercise, nutrition, and mentorship, and will help Veterans achieve the following outcomes: improvement of quality of life, reduction of PTSD symptoms, improved social and occupational functioning, improved self-worth, improved motivation, and improved confidence.  

WarriorWOD provides the following direct services to veterans in need of PTSD support: 

  • 6-month membership to the gym/fitness program of their choice. 
  • Bi-weekly support and consultation with a certified nutritionist. 
  • Bi-weekly camaraderie and mentorship from another veteran (“Battle Buddy”) who has experienced similar things during their military time.

Brennan Beck Photo“Having Warrior WOD as a Coalition partner strengthens our network in important ways by providing important physical fitness and peer support for qualifying Veterans," says Brennan Beck, SCDVA's Lowcountry Regional Integration Officer. "Their approach to using fitness as a remedy to Post Traumatic Stress will provide community, recovery, and healing for many struggling Veterans.”

For more information on WarriorWOD you can visit their website by clicking HERE.

WarriorWOD MOU Signing


Eastern Carolina Housing Organization

ECHO LOGOThe Eastern Carolina Housing Organization helps those experiencing homelessness, or at risk of experiencing homelessness to obtain permanent housing. The group operates primarily out of Myrtle Beach and counties in the Pee Dee of South Carolina.

SCDVA is committed to reducing the number of homeless Veterans, families and youth in our state. Dr. Ann Gowdy, Chief Innovation Officer with ECHO, signed a partnership with SCDVA to join the SC Veteran Coalition to continue efforts to ensure no Veteran or family of a Veteran goes without housing in South Carolina.

WATCH our SCDVA News Minute on ECHO's Youth Homeless Initiative to bring awareness to disadvantaged children and teens in our state by CLICKING HERE.


Life House Women's Shelter

Life House LogoLife House Women's Shelter is the latest organization to join the growing South Carolina Veteran Coalition. The shelter for women and children has only been in existence for 19 months, and addresses the needs of the growing population of homeless women in the Palmetto State, according to Courtney Denton, Board Chair of the Life House Women's Shelter.

Courtney Denton"We've served more than 150 women, and 25 children in our community and some of those women are Veterans in this community," says Denton. "It matters to us today that we have this partnership with the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that there is access to referrals and resources for the Veterans that we are serving as well as being able to think collaboratively about how we can ensure the sustainability of those women who are Veterans."

With the population of women Veteran growing each year in South Carolina, David Rozelle, SCDVA Director of Operations says as SCDVA "looks at programs and how we serve women. We have to change the way we think and not just be focused on the 65 to 80-year-old white males from the Vietnam-era. We really have to focus on this up and coming demographic in our population."

WATCH THE FULL NEWS CONFERENCE of Life House Women's Shelter joining the SC Veteran Coalition by CLICKING HERE.

Life House MOU Signing

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia

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Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA (GIMG) joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition on by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs (SCDVA), becoming part of a statewide network of Veteran resources.

WATCH THE FULL MOU signing agreement with SCDVA and Goodwill by clicking HERE.

GIMG is the most recent member to join the coalition that the SCDVA formed in April, bringing together organizations and agencies committed to supporting and educating veterans, service members and their families.

SCDVA GOODWILL MOUThe MOU formally commemorates the long-standing service referral partnership between SCDVA and Goodwill Industries that provides wrap-around services to Veterans and military family members seeking employment.

“Signing this MOU connects us with a network of organizations with services that complement ours, providing wholistic case management to better serve our veteran community,” said GIMG President James K. Stiff, who was present to sign the formal MOU. “It’s critical we stand together to support our veterans during their transition from the military, doing all we can to help them on a trajectory of success in the civilian workforce.”

The MOU signing took place at the Aiken Goodwill Job Connection Career Center, which serves as a hub for local job seekers and employers to connect through Goodwill’s workforce development services.

Col. (Ret-Army) David Rozelle, who is the Director of Operations at SCDVA signed the MOU as well.

It’s important that we get partners in our system so we can refer our veterans to the best resources and care in the state,” Rozelle said. “Even more important is having partners we can trust. And I know that if we refer people to Goodwill, they’ll not only follow up but stay with our Veterans throughout [their job search].”

GIMG is the first of the three Goodwills that serve South Carolina to join the coalition, with Goodwill Industries of Upland/Midlands South Carolina joining in the coming weeks.

Operation Decisive Victory


 SUPPORT for our Veterans and their families. Operation Decisive Victory joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition to strengthen partnership with SCDVA and the services it provides. ODV, which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, has programs centered to provide emergency financial support, suicide prevention, homelessness prevention and legal assistance to Veterans and families.

WATCH THE FULL NEWS CONFERENCE on the Operation Decisive Victory partnership by CLICKING HERE.

Operation Decisive VictoryODV MOU Signing


Harvest Hope Food Bank

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Hope to Heroes! Harvest Hope Food Bank has joined the South Carolina Veteran Coalition to help Veterans overcome food insecurities here in the Midlands. SCDVA and Harvest Hope hosted a news conference to announce the partnership to assist Veterans with food resources needed. LEARN MORE about Harvest Hope Food Bank by CLICKING HERE.

WATCH the FULL SCDVA News Conference on the SCDVA-Harvest Hope partnership by CLICKING HERE.

Harvest Hope MOU Signing

Veterans Ascend & Transitions Homeless Center

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SCDVA would like to thank leaders with Veterans Ascend and Transitions Homeless Center for joining the South Carolina Veteran Coalition! This partnership is yet another step to strengthening our network of organizations dedicated to working with SCDVA to connect military Service Members, Families and Veterans directly to resources, employment and beyond!

Veterans ASCEND is an online platform that aligns Veteran candidates directly to career opportunities and employers based on skills and qualifications.

Transitions Homeless Shelter is the Midlands largest homeless center providing homeless men and women ages 18 and older (including Veterans) services to help stabilize their lives, increase their income and secure permanent housing.

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Veterans Bridge Home & Patriots Path 

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SCDVA announced Veterans Bridge Home and Patriots Path as the newest organizations to join the SC Veteran Coalition, and held a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing to commemorate the partnership. WATCH THE FULL VIDEO of the MOU signing press event HERE

David Rozelle, who is the Director of Operations for SCDVA says "the whole idea is putting together a coalition of partners who are all working towards the same goal, which is to take care of Veterans. This memorandum allows us to be partners, to provide referrals back and forth in two ways: to collect data, and to work on grants and other initiatives to show that we work together and collaborate for the greater benefit of Veterans in our state."

Vets Bridge Home Patriots Path SCDVAVeterans Bridge Home connects Veterans and their Families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through its network of partners, the group helps Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. Veterans Bridge Homes looks takes a holistic view of the Veteran and connects them to the resources needed to be successful and thriving members of the community.

LEARN MORE about Veterans Bridge Home by clicking HERE.

Patriots Path is a non-profit organization that supports Veterans, transitioning Service Members, and military Spouses in finding meaningful employment opportunities by defining career goals, mapping out job search strategies, identifying opportunities, creating a marketing approach and connecting within our community to peers, mentors, and coaches for continued networking and support. LEARN MORE about Patriots Path by clicking HERE.