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Dryhootch: Veterans using peer support to make sure their comrades get the care they need

Project Overview

5th Funding Cycle Development Award
     Project Start Date: 7/1/2009
     Project End Date: 6/30/2010

Project Goal Statement: Despite significant, often service-related, health problems, returning veterans and their families underuse available healthcare and social resources. We will explore the use of trained peer counselors to facilitate use of these services.

Award Amount: $40,000

Community Partners:
Primary Community Partner: Robert Curry, Dryhootch of America, Inc.
Additional community partner organization: Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center

Academic Partner(s):
Primary Academic Partner: Jeff Whittle, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 7/1/2009 - 12/31/2009
     Project Final Report Summary    

Affiliated Web Pages:
     Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
     Dryhootch.org

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in Shepherd Express – Kaiser L.  Everyday Heroes: These volunteers go beyond the expected to inspire others. Shepherd Express. December 17, 2008.
    • Article in Shepherd Express – Kaiser L. From Warrior to Civilian: Veterans helping veterans transition from war to peace. Shepherd Express. October 15, 2009.
    • Article in the Journal Sentinel Online – Jones M. Veterans seminar to focus on mental-health issues. Journal Sentinel Online. October 19, 2009.
    • Article in the Journal Sentinel Online – Scocos JA. Support for veterans is essential. Journal Sentinel Online. November 10, 2009.
    • Article in the Journal Sentinel – Thomas-Lynn F. Veterans get help surviving the peace – Dryhootch offers counseling to those returning from war. Journal Sentinel Online. July 25, 2010.
    • Article on Fox 6 News - Milwaukee veterans, families, get help surviving the peace. Fox6news.com Now – East Side. August 26, 2010.
  • Media
    • Featured on Fox 6 News – The Dryhootch Boots on Campus Program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. November 2009.
    • Featured in three news segments aired on WISC 12
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Hosted Wisconsin Warrior Summit (October 22, 2009)
    • Posted descriptions/invitations to Wisconsin Warrior Summit on
      • Shepherd Express – Kaiser L. Wisconsin Warrior Summit. Shepherd Express. October 14, 2009.
      • Mental Health America of Wisconsin’s website
      • Milwaukee Art Museum’s website
    • Posted results of the Wisconsin Warrior Summit on
      • The Journal Sentinel Online – Jones M. Veterans art exhibit brings images to Milwaukee for summit. Journal Sentinel Online – Tap Milwaukee. October 22, 2009.
      • The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force website – Wisconsin Warrior Summit a Success! Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force. October 29, 2009.
      • Scribd.  – The Dryhootch Grind. Scribd. November 1, 2009.
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