American Combat Veterans of War

Business Address: 3350 La Jolla Village Drive
(Rm 1580) Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
San Diego, CA 92161-0001
San Diego County

Business Contact: Dino Maiolo
Communications Director
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Veteran Owned Business | Member since April 9th, 2009

Founded in 2001, American Combat Veterans of War (ACVOW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of both veteran and non-veteran personnel (volunteers) within a community. All are committed to assisting veterans in re-adjusting to living productively in a peaceful society.

ACVOW’s signature characteristic is its veteran volunteers who are available to mentor and assist other veterans suffering from post traumatic stress.

ACVOW assists veterans in a number of ways. First, it provides a forum, or safe zone, called the Safe Warrior Outreach Program. Veterans come together and share their combat and post combat experiences with other veterans.

They also exchange dialogue directly with those who share common challenges and can offer assistance in coping with the adjustment to peaceful society. Furthermore, with the encouragement of their peers, combat veterans are assured that it is indeed normal and suitable to seek further counseling if necessary. ACVOW is one of the best tools at helping combat veterans overcome the stigma within the military of seeking help in coping with post traumatic stress.

Second, ACVOW serves as an advocacy organization which draws attention and awareness to combat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. ACVOW not only reaches out to other veterans, but to public officials, government representatives and the public at large.

Thirdly, ACVOW assists veterans in navigating through government bureaucracies such as the Veterans Administration. We expect that our veterans are given top priority, having given so much for our country. But, too often veterans find the help to which they are entitled is difficult and confounding. ACVOW helps them get the services they need.

Some services provided by ACVOW are also provided by the Veterans Administration, but ACVOW is dedicated to easy access and efficient facilitation of its assistance programs as well as empathetic consultation by its volunteers whereas the VA may suffer from longer wait times, bureaucratic minutia and an indifferent culture.

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