Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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January 26, 2011

Veterans’ guide arrives

JACKSONVILLE — A resource book for veterans is now available at 20 locations throughout the area.

“These are benefits that our service members have earned and deserve and I have a desire for them to know about them,” said co-creater Julianne Sanford, a Family Readiness Group Leader for Alpha Battery 1/133 Field Artillery Unit in Nacogdoches.

Formerly named the Lone Star Military Resource Book, the “Benefits for the Brave — Resources for East Texas Veterans & Their Families” is a guide to help veterans find help with nearly anything, Sanford said.

“There’s over 200 pages,” she said. “There’s also a list of state and national agencies.”

The book includes the names, phone numbers and addresses of places that can help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, provide legal aid and even help veterans save a few bucks at the register.  The book has seven sections: Obtaining Vet Benefits, Info on PTSD, TXMF Crisis Card Info, Discounts for Vets, East TX/TX Resources, TX Vet Services Officers Directory, and National and State Resources.

“Each listing has a summary of the services the agency provides,” Sanford said.

The book can be accessed at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Rusk, HOPE, Sweet Union, Central Baptist Church, First Methodist Church, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, East Texas Behavioral Health in Tyler, the Andrews Center in Tyler, the American Red Cross in Tyler, ACCESS, Lon Morris College, Jacksonville College, the office of attorney Ricky Richards, the Cherokee County Courthouse, Rusk State Hospital, the Disabled American Auxiliary Post in Palestine, the Jacksonville Daily Progress, and libraries in Jacksonville, Alto, and Wells.

“We will also have an online version coming soon,” Sanford said. “We can also send copies through e-mail to people.”

The book was complied by Sanford and Nicole Campbell, a Family Readiness Group Co-Leader for C. Co. (Goldsboro) 230th BSB 30th HBCT North Carolina Army National Guard, with the help of the Lone Star Military Group, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary - Unit 63, the Veterans Historical Education Center, and ACCESS.

“My brother is a veteran. My uncle is a veteran, and my husband is active duty. My cousins are veterans,” Sanford said. “I have a heart for military service members and their families and I had to share this information.”

Sanford has helped her unit find resources for more than 12 years, and the information she’s gathered over the years is what made the book, she said.

To find out how to get an electronic copy of the book or add a business to the list contact Julianne Sanford at cjsan06@aol.com.


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