NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Jericho Project, a nonprofit leader in ending homelessness at its roots, today announced the creation of the Jericho Project Veterans Advisory Council, a group of some of the nation's leading experts in veterans, national security and military affairs. Council members, many of whom are veterans themselves, will bring to bear their exemplary business, government and nonprofit experience to enable Jericho to serve veterans from all eras who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Jericho is building two Veterans Residences in the Bronx, New York, to deliver permanent supportive housing and comprehensive counseling services to veterans. They are the first permanent supportive housing units for homeless veterans to be built in New York City in fifteen years, and will serve as a national model.
"The Jericho Advisory Council members are on the front line of issues impacting the future of veterans in this country. We are proud that they will be on our side in ensuring that homeless or at-risk veterans can regain their dignity and rightful place in society," said Tori Lyon, Executive Director at Jericho Project who first envisioned the Veterans Initiative in 2004. Through the Jericho Project's Veterans Initiative, these veterans will be supported in meeting the significant social, medical, employment, and education challenges that they often face upon returning to civilian life.
Ramsey McGrory, a Jericho Board member and Gulf War veteran, will co-chair the Veterans Advisory Council along with Ms. Lyon.
The Veterans Advisory Council proudly includes the following respected individuals in the fields of homelessness and veterans affairs:
- Rene Bardorf is Executive Director of ReMIND.org, a Bob Woodruff Foundation Initiative. Ms. Bardorf is an expert in family readiness and injured support in the Armed Services.
- Cheryl Beversdorf is President and CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), the leading authority on homeless veteran issues and primary liaison between the nation's homeless veteran service providers, Congress, and Executive Branch agencies.
- Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. is Director of the Center for Urban Education Policy and University Professor at the Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York. He commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group (the "Tuskegee Airmen") in World War II, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters.
- Phillip E. Carter is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs. He is also an award-winning writer on national security issues and a founding member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He served on active and reserve duty for nine years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police and Civil Affairs officer, including nearly a year as an embedded adviser with the Iraqi police.
- Paul W. Critchlow is Vice Chairman, Public Markets, for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran of Vietnam who served with the infantry as a forward observer. A paratrooper and Pathfinder, he was seriously wounded in action in 1969 and awarded the Bronze Star (with "V" for valor) and Purple Heart. He is a long-standing member of the Corporate Advisory Council of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
- JoAnn Difede, Ph.D. is Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a pioneer in the application of virtual reality technology to the treatment of anxiety disorders. She is currently implementing Virtual Iraq clinically and in clinical research trials to treat PTSD among veterans and active duty Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom service personnel.
- Henrietta Fishman is U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Network Clinical Manager, Homeless Veterans Treatment Programs, Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and Credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor.
- Ramsey McGrory is Co-Chair of the Advisory Council, a Gulf War Veteran and Jericho Board Member. He served in the military from 1985-1993 with tours of duty in Germany and the Persian Gulf War.
- Lt. Col. Craig Osborne is a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will serve as the Department of Defense Liaison to the Veterans Advisory Council. Assigned to the Pentagon, he personally leads the Chairman's Warrior and Survivor Care Task Force and focuses on issues related to wounded, ill, and injured Service members, their families, and families of the fallen.
- Christopher Page is a U.S. Army veteran and the Chair of the Junior Committee of the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Airmen's and Coast Guard (SSMAC) Club, Inc.
- Senator Larry Pressler is a former U.S. Senator (R-SD) who served as a member of Congress for 22 years, as Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and on the Foreign Relations Committee as Chairman of the European and Asian Subcommittees. Senator Pressler is a decorated Vietnam Combat Veteran (U.S. Army) and Foreign Service Officer, and recipient of Vietnam Service Medals.
- Paul Rieckhoff is Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan non-profit founded in 2004 with tens of thousands of members in all 50 US states. Mr. Rieckhoff was a First Lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in the Iraq war from 2003-2004.
Perfected over 26 years, the Jericho Model of stable housing, comprehensive counseling services and ongoing aftercare has resulted in independence for 95 percent of its graduates from five residences in Manhattan and the Bronx, New York, and is catalyzing similar programs across the country.
The first Veterans Residence, located at 355 East 194th Street in the Bronx, will provide homes to 56 men and women. The second Veterans Residence, located 2701 Kingsbridge Terrace in the Bronx, will provide homes for an additional 76 veterans.
Learn more at www.jerichoproject.org.
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