"We as a society have overlooked veterans. They have smelled death, lived in hell, come home and everybody said it was all right, but it's not all right. We're asking that the community be more responsive to the problems of veterans." - Victor L. Johnson, Vietnam Veteran & VCOF President, quote taken from newspaper article from the 1980s.
VCOF Operation SOS: Supporting Our Soldiers has a three point strategy:
1. To become a major local resource of information on veterans, especially those who may be "invisible" due to mental illness, poverty or incarceration, at-risk of homelessness.
2. To connect with more veterans and their families, targeting those living in VCOF's immediate community - one of the poorest areas of Gainesville-Hall County.
3. To improve the quality of our veterans services through partnerships and collaborations with other community nonprofits, veterans service organizations and government agencies, including the expert guidance of veterans and their families.
Hall County is home to approximately 12,000 veterans and it takes all of us, working together to provide a full range of services.
We desire to see veterans healed - spiritually, emotionally and physically. We believe all veterans and their families should have a healthy support network and receive the necessary medical attention to thrive as productive members of a vibrant community.