MOST RECENT DAILY ACTIVITIES…

MAY, 2018

5-17-18  Patty spoke to Admiral Jeff Penfield, Chairman of the USS Wichita Commissioning Committee & Phil Richardson (KPTS) about KPTS filming crew for our EXPO and for KPTS broadcast.

Hutch & Patty:  Huston Center Vet-To-Vet Social Support group, with Larry & Regina from the Wichita VA Regional Office and Shannon Cook & Toni Tucker from Humana in attandence to provide information and answer questions. Great meeting!

Hutch received a call from Kansas Representative Willie Dove, District 38 wanting to have a meeting regarding regarding veterans’ needs.

5-16-18  Patty:  Prep for upcoming V2VSC group meetings and USS Wichita Crew visit planning.

5-15-18  Patty: 

  • Veterans Awareness EXPO planning / prep.  
  • Assisted veteran in need. 

5-14-18  Hutch debriefed airmen in TAPS at McConnell AFB who are transitioning out of the military about VPCSC and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

Patty & Hutch: 

Met with veteran referred to Vet-To-Vet Support Command by Courtney Trear-Rains from the HUD-VASH program at the VA.   Visited U.S. Congressman Ron Estes’ office regarding 2018 Veterans Awareness EXPO. 

5-11-18  Hutch & Patty:  Grasslands Estates’ Vet-To-Vet Support Command group with representatives from the Wichita VA Regional Office – Dan and Jessica; and Shannon Cook & Toni Tucker from Humana to offer advice and answer questions.

5-10-18  Thank you and Certificate of Appreciation presentation to Walmart Manager and Team Members for supporting V2VSC. 

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board Meeting with members:  Hutch, Patty, Dottie Daves, Phil Richardson (KPTS), Sharon Hamric, Neil Fogg & on phone: Chairman James Riley.

5-9-18  Patty & Hutch:  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Greenway Manor in the morning and V2VSC group meeting at McLean in afternoon.

5-8-18  Hutch:   Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door. 

Patty:  Assisted veteran in need.

5-7-18  Patty: 

  • Transported female veteran from Maple Gardens to VSO at AMVETS at the VA to follow up on her claim. 
  • Attended VA Job Fair, coordinated by Robin Madson; visited with James Riley from Workforce Center and other employers / providers. 

5-5-18  (Saturday)  Patty:  USS Wichita Commissioning Committee meeting at the Wichita Chamber of Commerce.  Patty visited with Leigh Bellinger, PAO at McConnell AFB, after the meeting about the possibility of having the Base Commander be a guest speaker for our June 22 VPCSC meeting and will follow up with him.

5-4-18  Hutch & Patty:  Welcomed home the 57th Kansas Honor Flight home, along with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ron Fritzemeier and Lt. Holly Carey as we welcomed home three Vet-To-Vet Support Command members! 

5-3-18  Patty & Hutch:  Reception and dinner with USS Wichita Commissioning Committee members, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ron Fritzemeier and Lt. Holly Carey at AVI Seabar and Chophouse. 

5-2-18  Hutch & Patty:  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Maple Gardens; Patty met with female veteran after meeting regarding her VA claim/paperwork and made arrangements to take her to visit Gene McCreight, VSO at AMVETS next week. 

Hutch & Patty:  Attended American Legion Post 4’s welcome and reception of U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ron Fritzemeier and Lt. Holly Carey who are visiting Wichita as part of a 25-city outreach for the Navy. 

5-1-18  Patty & Hutch: 

Monthly outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office Director Karen Townsend, Tara Cisneros – Outreach Coordinator, representatives from VAMC, Wichita Vet Center, WSU and other veteran entities.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Georgetown Village with Brad Gifford from the Wichita Vet Center and Dan & Regina from the Wichita VA Regional Office attending to offer veterans information about claims and benefits. 

Patty – Helping coordinate logistics for U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Ron Fritzemeier’s visit to Wichita this week.

APRIL, 2018

4-30-18  Hutch & Patty:  Debriefing at TAPS (Transitioning Airmen Program) at McConnell AFB 22nd Air Refueling Wing Family Readiness Center; presenting on VPCSC and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

Patty and Alan, member of Midwest Battle Buddies, along with his service dog, Joker, attended Sharon’s (our Intern) public presentation for her Master’s of Social Work Colloquium about Animal Assisted Therapy. 

4-27-18  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County meeting with guest speaker Colonel (Ret.) Randy Roebuck, Director of IT at WSU Tech (Formerly WATC) who gave an outstanding presentation.  Patty coordinated efforts for James Denison, Chairman of the Wichita Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Pins to give pins to Sedgwick County Commission Chair, David Dennis and his brother, Danny Dennis for their military service during the Vietnam War Era.  Over 60 attendees. 

4-26-18  Hutch & Patty: 

Meeting with V2VSC funder with updates and initiatives. 

Continuum of Care (CoC) Veterans Work Group meeting at United Way, led by Luella Sanders from the United Way, Chairman of CoC. 

Patty: Prep for tomorrow’s VPCSC meeting.

4-25-18  Sharon, our WSU MSW Intern, completes her Practicum experiential learning with Vet-To-Vet Support Command today.  Thank you Sharon for your hard work and dedication to serving veterans.

4-24-18  Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door and visit with Angee Sisco, Director of Homeless Outreach

On-going:  Hutch & Patty: Meetings with local funders / managers of businesses who support V2VSC.

4-20-18  Thanks presentation and Certificate of Appreciation for Sam’s Club Manager and Team Members for supporting Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

Hutch:  Government Affairs meeting at Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA). 

4-19-18  Hutch, Patty & Sharon (Intern):  Huston Center Vet-To-Vet Support Command group meeting and socialization.  Member gave Hutch list of ideas for transportation to address the needs of veterans to give to the Mayor.  Hutch delivered it to Mayor Jeff Longwell’s office right after our meeting.

VPCSC and EXPO planning meeting at Alpha 1 Drop Zone with members: Hutch, Patty, Sharon (Intern), Brad Webster, Jamie Wohlgemuth and Matt Kiddoo.   

4-18-18  Patty:   2018 Veterans Awareness EXPO prep – contacted over 45 veteran service providers who had information tables last year; food truck owners; donated food sponsors for exhibitors; started on building the program; emails/calls. 

Meeting with Vet-To-Vet Support Command funder.

4-17-18  Patty, Hutch & Sharon (Intern):  Hosted Vet-To-Vet Support Command Female Student Veterans lunch event at WSU at the Shockers Grill and Lanes, with 13 students, Sarah Sell – Director of Veteran Student Services at WSU/Vet Center, Shukura Bozart-Camari Director of Veterans Upward Bound, Stacia Lyday and Sherrie McDaniel from VUB and Regina from the Wichita VA Regional Office attending to offer support and resources.  Everyone had a great time getting to know one another!   

4-16-18  Hutch & Patty: 

Debriefing at TAPS (Transitioning Airmen Program) at McConnell AFB 22nd Air Refueling Wing Family Readiness Center; presenting on VPCSC and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

Meeting with VFW Post 112 Commander Danny Fryman and Vice Commander Bob Hernandez, re: collaboration, use of their facility and highlights/tour of VFW Post 112.

Patty – Prep for tomorrow’s V2VSC Female Veterans event at WSU. 

4-14-18  (Saturday) Patty & Sharon (Intern):  Hosted an information table for Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command at all day Via Christi Medical Mission at Home event, with our table set up in the veteran services area which was coordinated by Jody Gragg, veteran liaison for Ascension Health Systems in this region. 

Hutch attended “The Kids in Crisis” Awareness event at WSU Metroplex with special guest speaker Judge Kevin Smith

4-13-18  Hutch:   Veterans Coming Home planning meeting at KPTS for 2018 event, while Patty & Sharon facilitated Social Support Group at Grasslands Estates, with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives Jeff and Jessica who offered information about veteran benefits and claims.

Patty:  Prep for tomorrow’s Via Christi Medical Mission at home all day event. 

4-11-18  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Greenway Manor Social Support Group meeting in morning and McLean Manor’s meeting in afternoon. 

4-10-18  Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door. 

Hutch, Patty & Sharon (Intern):  Greater Wichita Area Veterans Advocacy Board meeting at VA, led by Co-Chair Sarah Sell

Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at St. Francis Community Services, led by Luella Sanders from United Way.

4-8-18  Hutch & Patty:  Meeting with members of the Punishers Motorcycle Club who are organizing a Poker Run fundraiser for Midwest Battle Buddies and Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine on May 19. 

4-7-18  (Saturday) Patty & Hutch:  USS Wichita Commissioning Committee meeting with Chairman Jeff Penfield (Ret. U.S. Navy Admiral)

4-5-18  Hutch & Patty:  Thank you presentation and certificate of appreciation to Walmart Manager and Team members for supporting Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

4-4-18  United Way Volunteer Manager’s Meeting, led by Becky Springer, Volunteer Coordinator at United Way, attended by volunteer managers from non-profits to share and exchange ideas and event information.

Maple Gardens Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group – great meeting! 

4-3-18  Patty & Sharon (Intern):  Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door. 

Patty & Hutch:  Monthly outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office Director Karen Townsend, Debbie Fleet, Tara Cisneros and representatives from VAMC, Wichita Vet Center, WSU and other veteran entities.

Georgetown Village Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group meeting, with special guest – Vet-To-Vet Support Command funder, to see one of our groups first hand and meet veterans in our program.  Representatives from Wichita VA Regional Office, Dan and Regina attended with information about veteran benefits and claims.

4-2-18  Hutch & Patty:  Debriefing at TAPS (Transitioning Airmen Program) at McConnell AFB 22nd Air Refueling Wing Family Readiness Center. 

Meeting with Stacia Lyday from Veterans Upward Bound, re:  Veterans Awareness EXPO flier design for event on August 4, 2018. 

MARCH, 2018

3-30-18  Hutch & Patty attended VFW Post 112’s Operation S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Awareness event, coordinated by Post Commander Danny Fryman and Vice Commander Bob Hernandez, with promotion by Greg Zurcher.  An outstanding presentation was given by Esther Granados, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center.  Mayor Jeff Longwell was also in attendance.

3-29-18  Patty & Sharon (WSU Intern):  Semester’s mid-term site visit for Sharon’s Practicum with Vet-To-Vet Support Command; meeting and evaluation with Breann, Instructor with WSU MSW Dept. – met and toured Vet Center on WSU Campus.

Hutch & Patty:  Continuum of Care (CoC) Veterans Work Group meeting at United Way, led by Luella Sanders.

Patty & Hutch attended Vietnam War Veterans Day Memorial Service at Wichita’s Veteran Memorial Park with Sedgwick County Manager, Mike Scholes (Ret. Brigadier General) as guest speaker. 

Hutch & Patty:  Attended American Legion’s Post 4’s Vietnam War Veterans Day gathering. 

3-28-18  Patty & Sharon (WSU Intern) – Site visit / tour of Episcopal Social Services with Kathleen Webb.

Thank you presentation to Walmart Manager and Team Members for supporting Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

3-27-18  Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door. 

3-23-18   Many VPCSC members attended retirement party for Steve Gonzales, VP of Marketing and Community Relations at Alpha 1 Drop Zone.  Hutch and Patty presented Steve with a very nice trophy from Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command, recognizing and thanking Steve for all he has done for both organizations.  Steve served on the VPCSC planning committee and was an Advisory Member for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.       

3-22-18  Planning and prep for Steve Gonzales’ retirement party at Alpha 1 Drop Zone on 3-23-18.    

3-20-18  Patty & Hutch – Guest speakers at Sedgwick Plaza, invited Wichita VA Regional Office representatives to attend, speak and visit with veteran residents.

SCBRC planning meeting. 

3-16-18  Women Veterans Meet & Greet at the Robert J. Dole VA, hosted and organized by Alpha 1 Drop Zone/Steve Gonzales and Wichita VA Regional Office/Tara Cisneros.

3-15-18  Hutch & Patty – Meeting with T.J. at U.S. Logo, re: Website development.

Meeting with Shannon Cook from Humana, re: Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

SCRP meeting.

3-14-18   Hutch & Patty – Meeting with funder with updates, outcomes and new initiatives. 

3-13-18  Hutch and Chip Neumann, Midwest Battle Buddies Executive Director paid a visit to Hartman Arena regarding possible collaboration for special event.  

Patty, Sharon & Hutch:  Outreach to homeless veterans at United Methodist Open Door (UMOD).  So glad that Angee Sisco, Director of Homeless Services at UMOD  is back from her training!  

3-12-18  Hutch and Patty: 

  • TAPS Debriefing to Airmen being discharged from the military at McConnell AFB, giving information about VPCSC, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and community resources. 
  • Veteran Work Group with CoC (Continuum of Care) at United Way, led by Luella Sanders. 

3-9-18  Hutch & Patty:  Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting at COMCARE.  Program development / strategic planning. 

3-8-18  Patty:  Mid-term evaluation for Sharon, WSU MSW Intern for Vet-To-Vet and VPCSC.  Worked with Sharon on her resume.

Patty & Sharon:  Attended Job Fair at the Wichita Workforce Center, connecting Sharon with St. Francis Community Services, Department of Children & Families (DCF) and Hutchinson Correctional Facility representatives.  Also introduced her to Ben Price, Kansas Army National Guard representative and Vet-To-Vet Advisory Board Member. 

3-7-18  Volunteer Managers’ Meeting at United WAy, led by Becky Springer.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command special event at the Museum of World Treasures with 30 veterans from various groups.  Thank you Dan and Brandi from the Wichita VA Regional Office and Brad Gifford from the Wichita Vet Center for providing information about your services to veteran attendees. 

3-6-18  Employers’ Round Table at the VA, led by Robin Madson.

3-3-18  (Sat.)  Hutch & Patty: USS Wichita Comminssioning Committee Conference Call / monthly meeting. 

3-2-18  Patty & Hutch met with Veteran Engagement Team Members at JCI regarding starting Vet-To-Vet Support Command on-site group and VPCSC events. 

3-1-18  Hutch & Patty were guest speakers at the Butler County Aging Networking meeting in Augusta, coordinated by Brenda Louthan.  Several attendees spoke to us following our presentation or contacted us afterwards to learn more and get connected with VPCSC providers. 

FEBRUARY, 2018

2-28-18  Program planning. 

2-27-18  Hutch, Patty & Sharon:  Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at InterFaith Ministries.  

2-26-18  Hutch:  Debriefed at the Sr. TAPS, McConnell AFB for Airmen transitioning out of the military.  Gave information about VPCSC, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and community resources. 

2-23-18  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County monthly meeting with guest speakers Brad Webster, Program Specialist for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) and Sarah Sell, Director of Military and Veteran Services at WSU.  Ciaban Peterson, P.A.V.E. Team Leader at WSU also gave a presentation. 

2-22-18  Finalized grant proposal. 

2-21-18  Prep for VPCSC meeting on Friday.

2-20-18  Hutch & Patty:  Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) Mixer at Title Boxing Club West. 

2-16-18 / 2-17-18   Hutch & Patty:  KS GOP Annual State Convention at the Hyatt in Wichita, KS.  Visited with many local, steate and national elected officials, including U.S. Congressman Ron Estes and those running for office.  

2-15-18   Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board Member meeting. 

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Groups at Huston Center. 

2-14-18  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Groups at Greenway Manor and McLean Manor.

2-13-18  Patty & Sharon:

Greater Wichita Advocacy Veterans Board meeting at the VA.  Brief Outreach meeting with Tara Cisneros from VA Regional Office. 

Continumm of Care (CoC) at Children’s Home.  Discussion included Veteran Work Group that will start soon. 

Hutch & Patty:  VIP guests at TRIO Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) awards banquet at WSU with Brad Webster, Shukura Bakari-Cozart and Stacia Lyday. 

2-9-18  Patty & Hutch met with funders for V2VSC. 

2-8-18  Hutch & Patty attended Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) Annual meeting at the Aloft, which was very well attended by independent business owners and community leaders.

2-7-18  Hutch:  Greater Wichita Area Veterans Advocacy Board Sub-Committee meeting for veteran employment with Chair, John Buckley, Military Relations Manager at Koch Industries. 

2-6-18  Patty and Sharon Hamric, Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board Member and volunteer, attended WIBA’s Women’s Leadership Association Luncheon (WIBA – Wichita Independent Business Association), featuring guest speaker Bonnie Bing who Sharon worked with at the Wichita Eagle for many years as reporters and columnists. 

2-5-18  Hutch & Patty:  Briefing to TAPS class members at McConnell AFB Family Readiness Center, giving information about VPCSC, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and community resources.  Over 35 in attendance. 

2-3-18 (Sat.)  Patty & Hutch:  As members of the USS Wichita Commissioning Committee, attended meeting with Chairman Jeff Penfield, Ward Cook, Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis, Sharon Hamric and fellow committee members.  Commissioning is expected in Spring, 2019. 

2-2-18  Hutch & Patty: Luncheon meeting with Veteran Engagement Team members at Johnson Controls (JCI) to get Vet-To-Vet Support Command monthly social groups started at JCI, who is a member of VPCSC.  Hutch and Patty familiarized them with V2VSC and VPCSC and learned about their Business Resource Group (BRG).  They are interested in monthly luncheons, beginning with “Lunch & Learn” meetings. 

2-1-18  Patty – Grantwriting workday. 

JANUARY, 2018

1-31-18  Patty attended Mental Health First Aid at COMCARE, coordinated by Chip Neumann, Executive Director of Midwest Battle Buddies. 

Hutch & Patty attended SCBRC meeting – planning for upcoming KS GOP Convention in Wichita Feb. 16-17.

1-30-18  Patty – Admin Duties. 

1-29-18  Meeting with funder.  Community Outreach to veterans. 

1-26-18  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County luncheon meeting with Retired Rear Admiral Jeffrey Penfield, Chairman of the USS Wichita Commissioning Committee.  Over 70 in attendance, including Mayor Jeff Longwell, Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes, County Commissioner Chairman David Dennis, County Commissioner Dave Unruh, County Commissioner Jim Howell, City Councilman Brandon Johnson, Director of Wichita VA Regional Office Karen Townsend, VA PAO Akeem_______, and over 50 veteran service providers and community supporters. 

1-25-18  Patty – Administrative duties.  

1-24-18  Assisted veteran at VA hospital. 

1-23-18  Patty and Sharon T. – United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans. 

1-22-18  Patty, Hutch, Chip Neumann (MWBB) and Jamie Wohlgemuth (Cloud 9) met with Wichita Punishers Motorcycle Club (First Responders & Veteras) leader Guad Gonzales and members.

1-21-18 (Sun.) Hutch and Patty gave presentation about the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command to MIlitary Officers of America Association (MOAA) members at the Rolling Hills Country Club.  Wichita MOAA is a VPCSC member. 

1-19-18  Patty – Prep for presentation to Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) on Sunday, 1-21-18. 

1-18-18  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Huston Center with Dan & Jeff from the Wichita VA Regional Office and Brad Gifford from the Wichita Vet Center, who all provided information on services, claims and benefits. 

1-17-18  Hutch, Patty & Sharon:

  • United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans. 
  • Hutch & Patty fielded call about elderly veteran in need of additional care and how to access VA services.  
  • EXPO – (Sharon) research on VFW, American Legion and veteran related organizations in Kansas, south of Topeka.  Patty & Sharon spoke to James Denison for additional info, then called Debbie Q. from State of Kansas VFW in Topeka.
  • Contacted Kristen at Museum of World Treasures, re: planning for March 7th V2VSC event. 
  • Met with Susan Bursch at Amedysis Home Health & Hospice – VPCSC meeting, veteran outreach to their clients, 
  • Call regarding V2VSC veteran at homeless shelter who is moving into the community. 
  • Followed up with veteran in need in El Dorado who is receiving help from the Salvation ARmy SSVF after our referral.  The American Legion Post 81 is also providing assistance for veteran and veteran father to get to and from VA appointments, thank you Post Commander Steve Seymour.

1-16-18  Patty:

  • Followed up with veteran at homeless shelter. 
  • Administrative / Planning / Ooutlined projects for Sharon , WSU MSW Intern. 

Hutch & Patty – Website Development and Administrative.  Spoke to Ward Cook from the USS Wichita Commissioning Committee about possible ideas for 2018 Veterans Awareness EXPO.  

1-15-18 

  • Patty – Received call from veteran in St. Francis Via Christi hospital who was referred to us by their Social Worker.  Veteran has nowhere to go when discharged.  Referred him to VA HUD-VASH, placed calls to VA. Followed up with veteran who was placed in homeless shelter for veterans. 
  • Conference call with Hutch, Patty, Chip Neumann (Midwest Battle Buddies), Jamie Wohlgemuth (Cloud 9) and Guad Gonzales and Richard from new Wichita Punishers Motorcycle Club (Law Enforcement / First Responders).

1-13-18  (Sat.) Jamie Wohlgemuth, President of Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine, V2VSC Advisory Board Member and VPCSC Planning Committee Member, attended 8-Hour Mental Health First Aid Class, taught by Jason Scheck and Tom Pletcher at the Spiritual Life Center. 

1-12-18  V2VSC / VPCSC WSU Intern, Sharon:  Attended Suicide Prevention Coalition of Sedgwick County Planning Retreat at COMCARE.  

Patty & Hutch:  Hosted Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Grasslands Estates with guests Brad Gifford from the Wichita Vet Center and Dan and Jessica from the Wichita VA Regional Office.  

1-11-18  Patty assisted veteran in need and his terminally ill father who live in El Dorado with referrals to SAlvation Army SSVF, (PG contacted Aaron Lovelady and Director, Brandi Niblett) and spoke to American Legion Post Commander 81 Steve Seymour in El Dorado for any assistance they may be able to help with.  Patty also put veteran in touch with DAV transportation for rides to and from VA for his Father’s VA doctor appointments.  

1-10-18  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Greenway Manor with guests Brad Gifford from the Wichita Vet Center, who shared information about their counseling and outreach services and Jeff and Brandi from the Wichita VA Regional Office, regarding veteran beneits and claims process.  

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at McLean Manor with guests Larry and Regina from the Wichita VA Regional Office, explaining veteran benefits and the claims process.

1-9-18  Patty:  United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans.  

Hutch & Patty:  Took guests Sarah Sell, Director of Veteran Student Services at WSU and Shukura Bakari-Cozart, Director of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at WSU to monthly Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) luncheon.  Guest speakers were Dr. Rick Muma, Interim Provost at WSU and Dr. Sheree Utash, President of Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) with presentation on WATC becoming WSU Tech.  

Hutch, Patty & WSU Intern Sharon, attended Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, led by Chair, Luella Sanders from the United Way of the Plains.  Approximately 35 community leaders and representatives from local organizations working on homelessness.  

1-8-18  Hutch & Patty: CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) meeting at COMCARE. Also in attendance were Esther Granados, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA and Karen Dodson, Justice Outreach Coordinator at the VA. 

1-6-18 (Sat.)  Hutch & Patty – Attended USS Wichita Commissioning Committee meeting as new committee members.  Invited Chairman of the USS Wichita Commissioning Commitee to be our guest speaker at Jan. 26 VPCSC meeting (pending). 

1-4-18  Patty – worked on V2VSC funding proposal. 

1-3-18  Vet-To-Vet Support Command monthly social support group at Maple Gardens. 

1-2-18  United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach and support to homeless veterans. 

Vet-To-Vet Support Command monthly social support group at Georgetown Village.  

DECEMBER, 2017

12-28-17  Assist veteran in need regarding financial independence. 

12-27-17  Non-profit adminstration and community stewardship, highlighting the efforts of the HOT Team.  

12-26-17  Team building / brainstorming and outreach to our veterans.   

12-21-17  Patty & Hutch hosted a Vet-To-Vet SC holiday breakfast at Kelly’s Family Diner for veteran members from Huston Estates.  Everyone had a great time!   

12-20-17  Hutch attended the “Greater Wichita Veterans Advocacy Board” sub-committee for veterans’ employement at Fairmont Coffee Shop, led by John Buckley, Co-Chair of the SWVAB & Military Relations Manager at Koch Industries.  It was well attended by community leaders invested in veterans’ outcomes. 

Patty: 

  • Delivered Christmas cards to many veteran members of Vet-To-Vet SC at several locations, including residents at Greenway Manor, Maple Gardens and Georgetown Village. 
  • Delivered Christmas card to Jeremy Barker, proprietor of Two Brothers BBQ & Culinary Catering, on e of our sponsors.  
  • Called a funder with program updates. 
  • Delivered Christmas cards to employees at First UMC for all of their help throughout the year for our VPCSC meetings. 

12-19-17  Hutch attended WIBA’s mixer at Hotel Old Town and as a member of the Government Affairs Committee tries to attend all WIBA events, representing VPCSC and Vet-To-Vet SC.  

12-18-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command hosted a holiday party for veteran members at McLean Manor who were adopted by members of the “Ages Program” and Via Christi employees through our “Adopt-A-Vet for the Holidays” program.  Everyone had a great time!  Thank you to Susan Bursch, Volunteer Coordinator at Amedysis Hospice and member of VPCSC for coordinating this event for our veterans. 

12-17-17  (Sunday)  Hutch attended Team RWB’s Holiday Party, at Old Chicago with about 20 members, coordinated by leaders Matt Kiddoo and Mike Obermeyer. 

12-15-17   Annual Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County Holiday Luncheon, sponsored this year by Kansas AARP & catered by Jeremy Barker’s Culinary Catering…thank you Kansas AARP Director Ernie Kutzley and guest speakers, veterans and AARP volunteers Dr. John and Judy Bellome.  We had 70 in attendance, with 30 Veterans receiving an AARP Military Recognition Coin.  Additionally, four of our five Sedgwick County Commissioners were in attendance:  Chairman David Unruh, Commissioner Jim Howell, Commissioner Dave Dennis and Commissioner Michael O’Donnell. 

12-14-17  Patty & Hutch hosted monthly Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Group at Maple Gardens, with Dan and Jessica from the Wichita VA Regional Office presenting information about VA benefits and visiting one-on-one with veterans concerning their claims and questions.

Prep for tomorrow’s VPCSC meeting.

12-12-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Wichita Area Veterans Advocacy Board meeting at the VA.
  • Outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office staff members, Director Karen Townsend, Supervisor Debbie Fleet and Coordinator Tara Cisneros about upcoming outreach opportunities to collaborate in helping veterans.
  • Annual Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at Cowtown Museum, led by Chairman Luella Sanders from the United Way.

12-11-17   TAPS class at McConnell – Hutch & Patty debriefing to airmen preparing to separate from the military over the next few months, offering insight and information about veteran related resources, VPCSC & V2VSC. 

12-9-17  (Sat.)  Hutch and Patty were recently invited to be members of the USS Wichita Commissioning Committee for new Naval Ship and participated in their monthly conference call.  Sharon Hamric, U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) Veteran and volunteer for VPCSC & V2VSC is also a member of this Commissioning Committee and organized the crew’s visit to Wichita last summer. 

Patty & Hutch represented and provided information tables for VPCSC & V2VSC at the Suicide Prevention Summit at WATC, coordinated by Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies.  Jamie & Jason Wohlgemuth from Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine, Regina & Brandi from the VA Regional Office and a representative from Comcare also provided information tables.  The event was well attended and presenter Esther Granados, new Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA did a great job. 

Hutch & Patty attended the SCBRC Annual Awards Banquet, led by Veteran Chairman Joseph Elmore and Vice President Kenya Cox.  Hutch has been the SCBRC Parliamentarian for over 8 years and Patty has been their Secretary for 3 years.  

12-8-17  Hutch & Patty attended Suicide Prevention Coalition of Sedgwick County.  Co-briefed with Esther Granados, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA, about tomorrow’s Suicide Prevention Summit being coordinated by Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command hosted monthly Veterans’ Social Support Group at Grasslands Estates with Dan from the Wichita VA Regional Office joining us with information about veteran benefits from the VA.  Members were very appreciative of Dan’s information. 

12-7-17  Patty – Prep for meetings and group tomorrow.  Hutch to VA. 

12-6-17  Maple Gardens veteran members of V2VSC met in the Community Room…regular meeting re-scheduled for next week. 

12-5-17  United Methodist Open Door, Outreach to homeless veterans. 

Hutch & Patty hosted Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Georgetown Village.  Thank you to Lana Wyckoff, Activities Director at Georgetown for all of her support and helpfulness for our monthly V2VSC groups there. 

NOVEMBER, 2017

11-30-17  Patty – Hosted an end of the semester Vet-To-Vet Support Command “Thank You to our Veterans” attending WSU during pre-finals week with donuts at their Vet Center on campus.  Thank you Sarah Sell, Director of Student Veteran & Military Services at WSU for her continued support of V2VSC & VPCSC.  

VPCSC Planning Committee Meeting at Alpha 1 Drop Zone, with new member Matt Kiddoo from Team RWB.  Other members are Hutch, Patty, Steve Gonzales (A1DZ), Jamie Wohlgemuth (Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine) & Brad Webster (Veterans Upward Bound – VUB).   

Hutch & Patty – Banquet planning call with SCBRC. 

11-29-17  Quarterly Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board Meeting with guest Jared Vierens. U.S. Army Combat Veteran & active duty Reserves, who is interested in joining our Board.  

11-28-17  United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans.  Patty conducted final review for the semester with Sharon, WSU Student Intern for V2VSC.

Hutch, Patty & Sharon attended Town Hall meeting at the VA, along with several other VPCSC members. 

Patty – Prep for Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board meeting for tomorrow.

Hutch attended symposium at Friends University. 

11-27-17  Hutch put in 20 years today…awesome day!

11-21-17  Patty & Hutch attended morning WIBA Mixer at K-Lane’s Boutique, representing VPCSC & V2VSC.  Thank you to WIBA President Alicia Holloway, Lisa Marie and Cindy for organizing such great events!

Veteran’s Breakfast at Sedgwick Plaza Apartments.

Hutch & Patty – Scheduled call from David Brodwell, Wounded Warrior Fellow working in Congressman Ron Estes’ office in Washington D.C. as he wanted to learn about the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County.  He was impressed with our mission, model and outreach, saying it should be replicated not only throughout Kansas but the entire country! 

11-18-17  (Sat.)  Hutch & Patty, along with other VPCSC members, attended Alpha 1 Drop Zone’s Veteran Appreciation Concert at the Cotillion, coordinated by Steve Gonzales, VP of Marketing and Community Relations at A1DZ, to support Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine, led by Jason & Jamie Wohlgemuth. 

11-17-17  Monthly VPCSC luncheon meeting with guest speaker Raymond Miller, U.S. Marine Corps Korean War Hero.   Thank you to VPCSC Planning Committee Member Steve Gonzales, VP for Marketing & Community Relations at A1DZ, for organizing our guest speaker.

11-16-17  Hutch & Patty hosted Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Huston Center with WSU Student Intern Sharon co-leading, providing helpful information to veteran members.  Group members suggested we have our group meeting for breakfast at Kelly’s Family Diner in December, which was agreed upon by all. 

Hutch – SCRP meeting downtown.

11-15-17  Hutch represented local veterans and participated in a focus group hosted by Kansas AARP at Botanica, organized and led by Kansas AARP Director Ernie Kutzley.

11-14-17  Patty & Sharon T. –  United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans. 

Hutch & Patty – Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) monthly luncheon with Kansas State Legislatures in attendance at each table.  Hutch, member of WIBA’s Governmental Affairs Committee, was asked to serve as a moderator at his table. 

Patty, Hutch & Sharon T. – Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at the Workforce Center led by Chairman Luella Sanders from United Way.   

11-13-17  Hutch & Patty – Debriefed airmen at McConnell AFB Family Readiness Center in their TAPS class on VPCSC and V2VSC as they will soon be transitioning out of the military.   

11-11-17  (Sat.)  Hutch and Patty:  Veterans Day Parade!  Patty transported veterans to/from parade and drove pick-up truck with new Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command large magnets on the side of the truck while two V2VSC volunteers carried our new banner!  *Also joining VPCSC in the parade were MIDWEST BATTLE BUDDIES, CLOUD 9 THERAPEUTIC EQUINE, VETERANS UPWARD BOUND AND WSU SERVICE VETERAN ORGANIZATION.  Many other VPCSC member organizations also marched in the parade throughout the route. 

11-10-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command hosted monthly Social Support Group at Grasslands Estates.

Prep for Veterans Day Parade tomorrow. 

11-9-17  Patty & Sharon T. – Meeting with veteran and Jared Viernes, newly interested volunteer. 

Hutch & Patty attended KPTS’ Veterans Coming Home Banquet, had information tables for Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County & Vet-To-Vet Support Command.  Thank you KPTS and Phil Richardson, Director of Development at KPTS for giving us the opportunity to fill a guest table sponsored by Carlos O’Kelly’s with veteran friends. 

11-8-17  Greenway Manor Vet-To-Vet Support Command Support Group … growing attendance. 

McLean Manor Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group – great meeting! 

11-7-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Georgetown Village, well attended by senior veterans. 

11-5-17  (Sunday)   Hutch & Patty:  Vet-To-Vet Support Command attended Veteran’s Night at Thunder Hockey Game that highlighted Midwest Battle Buddies.  Patty transported V2VSC Veteran Members to/from the game.  Two of our members had never been to a hockey game or the Intrust Arena … it was fun for all! 

11-2-17  Patty & Hutch provided information table for Vet-To-Vet Support Command at McConnell AFB luncheon / presentation hosted by the library at McConnell featuring “The Big Read” and book about Vietnam War.  We were referred to the library for this event by the Family Readiness Center on base. 

 11-1-17  Patty & Sharon (WSU MSW Practicum Student for V2VSC):

  • United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans.
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Maple Gardens.

10-31-17  Patty & Sharon:  UMOD – Outreach to homeless veterans / networking with UMOD, VA & Salvation Army reps.

Hutch & Patty:  Meeting with Adrian Palmer at U.S. Logo about purchasing a banner and large vehicle magnets for Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County (VPCSC) & Vet-To-Vet Support Command (V2VSC).

10-26-17  Hutch, Patty, Sharon Hamric, April Scott and Phil Richardson – meeting at KPTS for their Veterans Coming Home Banquet, which is on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Hutch & Patty – Attended SCYRP meeting with Candidate for Governor of Kansas and current Secretary of the State of Kansas,  Chris Kobach as guest speaker.  Patty and Chris Kobach has a few minutes to visit about VPCSC & V2VSC prior to the meeting.

10-25-17  Patty & Sharon – Program planning and prep; follow up calls to veterans and V2VSC members; administrative duties. 

10-24-17  Patty & Sharon – UMOD for Outreach to homeless veterans and networking with veteran service providers (VA & Salvation Army).   

Weekly conference call with Nancy Jackson, LFMSW Supervisor for Sharon, WSU MSW Intern for V2VSC. 

Hutch, Sharon & Patty attended Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting, led by Chairman Luella Sanders from United Way, at Salvation Army – Topic: Transportation in Wichita, KS. 

10-23-17  Patty met daughter of a deceased WWII Veteran whose mother needs assistance on beginning a benefits claim at the Robert J. Dole VA and introduced her to David Koopmans, Veteran Service Organization representative who was very informative and helpful. 

10-20-17  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County (VPCSC) luncheon meeting with Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies, veterans and their service dogs giving an excellent presentation.

10-19-17  SCRP meeting / networking with elected officials.

Prep for VPCSC meeting.

10-18-17  United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans. 

Contact with V2VSC members / visits.

10-17-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Attended fundraiser breakfast at Botanica for Episcopal Social Services (ESS) / Breakthrough Club as a guest of Phil Richardson, Development Director at KPTS and Board Member of ESS.
  • Attended monthly veterans’ gathering at Sedgwick Plaza, networked with activities coordinator to partner with V2VSC in the future.
  • Visited the Mayor Jeff Longwell’s Office, City Council Office and County Manager and Commissioners’ Office with KPTS’ Veterans Coming Home and VPCSC meeting invitations.

10-13-17 

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Grasslands Estates, with presentation by Larry & Deena Ruse, volunteers from Kansas Honor Flight. 
  • Hutch & Patty met with V2VSC Advisory Board Chairman James Riley to discuss V2VSC projects and VPCSC. 

10-12-17 

Hutch, Steve Gonzales, VP Marketing and Community Relations of Alpha 1 Drop Zone (A1DZ) met with Ernest Kutzley, Director of Kansas AARP in Topeka, KS to discuss his interest in Kansas AARP sponsoring a VPCSC luncheon.  Meeting was held at A1DZ and resulted in the proposition that Kansas AARP consider sponsoring our VPCSC December 15 Holiday Luncheon and providing guest speakers.

OCTOBER, 2017

10-11-17  Patty & Sharon – UMOD Outreach to homeless veterans.  

Picked up rental van – Patty picked up V2VSC members to go to Vet-To-Vet Support Command Bowling and Pizza Party event at West Acres Alley.  

10-10-17  Patty & Sharon:

  • United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) Outreach to homeless veterans.  
  • Monthly Outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives Tara Cisneros, Debbie Fleet and Director Karen Townsend to brief about upcoming events / activities to serve veterans. 

Hutch & Patty:

  • Attended VA Benefits presentation by Ray Hahn from the Wichita VA Regioanl Office at The Regents on N. Webb, as did several members of Kansas Honor Flight, VPCSC members. 
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting, led by Chairman Luella Sanders at United Way of the Plains. 

10-7-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command members were transported by Patty & Sharon and met Hutch at Cloud 9’s PTSD Awareness and Veteran’s Appreciation/Open House event at their ranch in Milton, KS.  Entertainment included a wonderful performance by Dr. Robert Bean from the VA, featuring his outstanding guitar and singing talents.

10-6-17  Patty: 

  • Attended “Kansas Honor Flight Heros’ Welcome Home” flight at Wichita Eisenhower Airport.  
  • Preparation and calls to V2VSC members for tomorrow’s Cloud 9’s PTSD Awareness and Veterans’ Appreciation/Open House event. 

10-5-17  Patty & Sharon transported V2VSC female Vietnam War veteran from Maple Gardens to the Wichita VA Regional Office to follow up on pending claim.  

10-4-17  Patty & Sharon: 

  • United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) Outreach to homeless veterans.  
  • Mid-term meeting with Sharon’s MSW Supervisor, Nancy Jackson and Briann, WSU MSW Coordinator, at Mead’s Coffee Shop. 

10-3-17  Patty & Sharon – United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) Outreach to homeless veterans / networking with Connie Jarvais from HUD-VASH at the VA and Aaron Lovelady from Salvation SSVF.  

Home visits to V2VSC members at McLean Manor and Greenway Manor.  

Patty – Meeting with Phil Richardson, Director of Development at KPTS.  

10-2-17  Patty made home visits to Maple Gardens V2VSC members. 

Planning for support groups.

SEPTEMBER, 2017

9-27-17   Patty & Sharon:

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.
  • Conference call with Nancy Jackson, LMSW Practicum Supervisor.

9-26-17  Hutch, Patty & Sharon: 

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.
  • Suicide Prevention Grand Rounds at St. Joseph Via Christi, hosted by KU School of Medicine.

9-25-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • TAPS Debriefing at McConnell AFB Airmen & Family Readiness Center to educate airmen on community resources, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County. 
  • VPCSC Planning Committee Meeting with Hutch, Patty, Steve Gonzales (A1DZ) and Brad Webster (VUB).

9-24-17  (Sun.) Hutch & Patty:  Special guests at American Legion Post 408 in Derby for the American Legion’s new National Commander visit and sat with friend Jim Howell, Sedgwick County Commissioner. 

9-23-17  (Sat.) Patty & Tara from VA Regional Office attended “Iron Vet Ride” send off from Robert J. Dole VAMC at 6:30 a.m.

9-22-17  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County (VPCSC) monthly meeting at First United Methodist Church.  Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael George as guest speaker with Jr. ROTC members. 

9-21-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Huston Center with representatives from the Wichita VA Regional Office as guest speakers, providing information about veterans’ benefits.

9-20-17     United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans. 

Hutch & Patty:  Guest speakers at the Kansas Register of Deeds Annual State Conference at the Doubletree Hilton, invited by Tonya Buckingham, Sedgwick County Register of Deeds – Presentation about the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County (VPCSC) and Vet-To-Vet Support Command and this year’s Veterans Awareness EXPO with slide show.

9-19-17  Patty & Sharon: 

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.
  • Conference call with Nancy Jackson, LMSW Practicum Supervisor.

9-13-17  Hutch, Patty, Chip Neumann (President of Midwest Battle Buddies), Jamie & Jason Wohlgemuth (Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine Foundation) met with veteran Cody Hutson, Assistant golf pro at Crestview Country Club for presentation of donated checks from their 1st Annual Charity Classic to benefit local veterans. 

Hutch, Patty & Sharon:

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at McLean Manor with representatives from the Wichita VA Regional Office as guest speakers, providing information about veterans’ benefits.
  • Attended retirement party for Marilyn Cook, CEO of COMCARE in Sedgwick County.  Networked with Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes; County Commissioner David Dennis and other community leaders. 

9-12-17  Patty & Sharon:

  • Visit to Grasslands Estates, re: new V2VSC group forming and upcoming events.
  • WIBA monthly luncheon meeting at Botanica / networking.
  • Quarterly Town Hall meeting at the VA.
  • Outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office: Karen Townsend, Director and Tara Cisneros, Outreach Coordinator.
  • Project Independence – Outreach.  

9-11-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • TAPS Debriefing at McConnell AFB Airmen & Family Readiness Center to educate airmen on community resources, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County.
  • Attended KPTS screening of “The Vietnam War” Ken Burns documentary at the Wichita Public Library downtown.

9-8-17  Patty: 

Patty transported spouse of a Vet-To-Vet Support Command WWII Veteran from Maple Gardens to the Wichita Eisenhower airport to welcome and meet Kansas Honor Flight Home from Washington D.C.   It was with great pride and joy to also greet their son home as he accompanied his father on the flight as his companion.  Thank you Kansas Honor Flight, a committed member of the VPCSC. 

9-7-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • EXPO Follow-up meeting with April Scott, Executive Director of the Mid-America All Indian Center and made plans for our 3rd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO which will be on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
  • SCBRC meeting.

9-6-17  Patty & Sharon: 

  • Attended Sedgwick County Commissioner’s meeting for Suicide Prevention Coalition Proclamation.
  • United Way Volunteer Managers’ Meeting, led by Becky Springer, Volunteer Coordinator at United Way
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Maple Gardens.

9-5-17  Patty & Sharon:

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.
  • Conference call with Nancy Jackson, LMSW Practicum Supervisor.
  • WIBA’s Wichita Women’s Leadership Luncheon at the Boathouse

Hutch, Patty & Sharon:

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Georgetown Village with guest speaker Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies.

9-1-17  Hutch & Patty:  Special guests at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center for their new Primary Care building. 

AUGUST, 2017 

8-31-17  Patty, Hutch & Sharon – Meeting with new Vet-To-Vet Support Command member. 

8-30-17  Patty, Hutch & Sharon: 

  • Attended pizza party at WSU Student Vet Center on campus. 
  • Visited veterans at Passageways, homeless transitional living home. 

8-29-17  United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans. 

Patty & Sharon – Conference call with Nancy Jackson, LMSW Supervisor for Sharon, practicum student for Vet-To-Vet.  

8-25-17   Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County meeting. 

8-24-17  Meeting with Francie, Activities Coordinator at Grasslands Estates to establish starting a new Vet-To-Vet Social Support group there.

8-23-27  Patty & Sharon:  UMOD – Homeless Veteran Outreach.

Hutch & Patty:  Meeting with Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies and Jason Mueller to discuss options for Jason to get involved with MWBB as a volunteer. 

Hutch, Patty & Sharon:  WIBA event – Jump Start your WIBA membership gathering / networking.

8-22-17  United Methodist Open Door – Homeless Veteran Outreach.

8-21-17  Prep for upcoming groups / events.

8-18-17   Hutch & Patty:  Thank you lunch meeting with Stacia Lyday, Veterans Upward Bound, for her awesome help with creating the 2017 Veterans Awareness EXPO flier. 

8-17-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Huston Center. 

Meeting with Joseph Elmore, Chairman of SCBRC, community leader and veteran.

Patty – Guest speaker at American Legion Post 422 at Grasslands Estates.  Post 422 Commander: Fred Reed.

8-16-17  United Methodist Open Door – Homeless Veteran Outreach. 

Patty & Sharon:  Transported and hosted ladies’ Vet-To-Vet Support Command special event to attend the Music Theater with tickets donated by KPTS. 

8-15-17  Patty & Sharon:  Round Table meeting at the VA, led by Robin Madson, for employers and veteran supporters to discuss and share employment opportunities for veterans. 

United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.

8-14-17   Hutch, Patty & Sharon:   TAPS Debriefing at McConnell AFB Airmen & Family Readiness Center to educate airmen on community resources, Vet-To-Vet Support Command and the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County.

8-11-17  Hutch & Patty:  Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting. 

8-10-17  Hutch, Patty and Chip Neumann (President of Midwest Battle Buddies) – meeting with Jason Moeller to connect him with MWBB as a volunteer and learn about our missions, special events, etc.

Patty, Hutch, Sharon, Brad Webster (VUB), Jamie Wohlgemuth (Cloud 9) and Steve Gonzales (A1DZ) – EXPO wrap-up & VPCSC planning committee meeting at A1DZ. 

Patty, Sharon & Hutch – meeting with veteran interested in V2VSC. 

8-9-17  United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Greenway Manor.  

Hutch, Patty & Sharon:  Meeting with Deborah Sanders & associate, re: Fall Fiesta by La Familia.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at McLean Manor. 

8-8-17  United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to Homeless Veterans.

Hutch & Patty:  Outreach meeting with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives Tara Cisneros and Debbie Fleet  at the VA. 

WIBA monthly luncheon.

Patty – Progressive Hospice meeting.

Patty – Networking at Waddell & Reed event at the Boathouse.

Project Independence – Outreach and support. 

8-5-17  3rd ANNUAL VETERANS AWARENESS EXPO!!! 

  • 48 Service Providers with information booths.
  • 153 Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pins given to veterans
  • 1,000 in attendance at the Mid-America All Indian Center
  • General (Ret.) Michael Scholes, Sedgwick County Manager introduced his father as our guest speaker, Major General (Ret.) Ed Scholes who served in the Vietnam War. Compelling speeches about their military experiences. 

8-4-17  Prep for EXPO

8-3-17  Patty:  Brief presentation about the EXPO to American Legion Post 4 Riders. 

8-2-17  United Way Volunteer Managers’ Meeting.

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Maple Gardens with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives as guest speakers.

8-1-17  Hutch & Patty:  Lunch with Vet-To-Vet Support Command Funder. 

Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Support Group at Georgetown Village.

JULY, 2017:

7-31-17  

  • KSN TV live show at Noon to promote 2nd Annual Veterans EXPO on Sat. August 5 at the Mid-America All-Indian Center.  
  • Attended Job Fair at the VA – visited with two veterans we know and made arrangements for them to send us their resumes which Patty forwarded on to John Buckley, Military Relations Manager at Koch Industries.  
  • EXPO planning and tasks.  (On-going)

7-28-17   Hutch & Patty: 

  • Delivered V2VSC t-shirt to veteran at Emporia House who volunteered through the United Way to help out with EXPO. 
  • VPCSC Meeting – Nearly 60 in attendance.  Guest Speaker – Ricky Ament, Director of Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
  • EXPO fliers given to VA Regional Office to distribute at the Damm Music Festival in El Dorado over the weekend. 

7-27-17  Hutch & Chip Neumann, Executive Director of Midwest Battle Buddies – Live interview on KFDI News Radio to promote our 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO.  

Hutch, Patty & Steve Gonzales (Alpha 1 Drop Zone) – Meeting with Steve Smith, General Manager of KSN Channel 3 News about EXPO.  

Hutch & Patty – SCBRC meeting.  

7-26-17  Patty & Chip Neumann, Midwest Battle Buddies – Interviews on T-95, 104.5 the FOX & KFDI to promote our 2nd Annual Veterans EXPO on Saturday, Aug. 5. 

EXPO Planning…on-going! 

Armed Forces Night at NBC game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium…Patty picked up and shuttled Vet-To-Vet Members to and from the game; all wore their T-Shirts and sat behind home plate.  Mayor Jeff Longwell came by our seats to specifically meet and say hello to our veterans.  Thank you Steve Gonzales, Alpha 1 Drop Zone, for planning and coordinating an OUTSTANDING pre-game program to honor all of our veterans!  

7-25-17  Patty & Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies, – live interview on KAKE-TV to promote our 2nd Annual Veterans EXPO.  

Patty – Prep for VPCSC meeting on Friday, July 28 – (new Director of the VA, Ricky Ament will be guest speaker.)

Hutch – Annual meeting at Project Independence. 

7-24-17  Hutch & Patty:  

  • Debriefing at TAPS class at McConnell AFB to airmen preparing to separate from the military.  
  • Meeting with Tony Armstrong, Chaplain at Kindred Hospice, re: “We Honor Veterans” program. 
  • Visit to WPD, Mayor Jeff Longwell’s office, and City Council Members office to invite them to our Coalition meeting and EXPO.  

Meeting with Steve Gonzales, Alpha 1 Drop Zone.  

7-23-17  Patty & Chip Neumann, President of Midwest Battle Buddies, live interview on KAKE-TV for 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO.  

7-21-17  Veterans Awareness EXPO fliers given to VA Regional Office to distribute at Kansas Veterans Family Reunion Weekend in El Dorado.  

7-20-17  Vet-To-Vet Support Command Outreach – Social Support Group at Huston Center.  

Patty – Attended event in KC and visited with V2VSC funder. 

7-19-17  Patty – Meeting with Wichita Prairie Pilot Club members, re:  helping with calls to Vietnam War Era Veterans about getting their pins at the 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO.

7-18-17  

  • Hutch – United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans. 
  • Spoke at VFW Post 112 meeting to promote 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5, 2017.
  • Spoke at VFW Post 3115 Riders’ meeting to promote 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5, 2017.

7-17-17   FIRST ANNUAL CRESTVIEW COUNTRY CLUB CHARITY CLASSIC to benefit veteran organizations, including Vet-To-Vet Support Command, Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine Foundation and Midwest Battle Buddies.  THANK YOU CRESTVIEW COUNTRY CLUB and Veteran Cody Hutson, Assistant Golf Pro at CCC!

7-14-17  

  • Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting at COMCARE.  
  • Meeting with Sharon Troutman, our new WSU Master’s of Social Work Practicum student for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.

7-13-17  

  • Patty – Meeting with April Scott, Executive Director of the Mid-America All-Indian Center regarding 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO plans.  
  • Patty & Steve Gonzales – VPCSC & EXPO planning meeting at Alpha 1 Drop Zone. 

7-12-17  

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Greenway Manor with pizza party!
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at McLean Manor with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives attending to provide Outreach to our veterans.

7-11-17 

  • United Methodist Open Door (UMOD) – Outreach to homeless veterans. 
  • Wichita Independent Business Association (WIBA) monthly luncheon at Botanica. 
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Social Group at Georgetown Village with Wichita VA Regional Office representatives attending to provide Outreach to our veterans.
  • Patty –  Spoke at VFW Post 3115 meeting to promote 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5, 2017.

7-10-17  

  • TAPS Debriefing at McConnell AFB presentation to transitioning airmen.
  • Spoke at VFW Post 7253 meeting in Derby to promote 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5, 2017.

7-7-17  Patty – 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO planning and prep.  

7-6-17  

  • Outreach meeting with Tara Cisneros and Debbie Fleet at the Wichita VA Regional Office. 
  • Mayor’s office to pick up anonymous Vet-To-Vet Support Command donation from community member. 
  • EXPO plans / calls. 

7-5-17  NEW Vet-To-Vet Support Command monthly Social Group started at Maple Gardens Village with a great attendance.  

JUNE, 2017:

6-30-17  

  • Thank you presentation to Management and Team Members at Walmart in Derby for Community Grant for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.   
  • Welcomed home the 50th Kansas Honor Flight from Washington D.C.!  Visited with Kansas Senator Jerry Moran.  Handed out 2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO fliers to all attendees as they exited the airport.  

6-28-17  

  • Hutch & Patty: Walking tour with Mayor Jeff Longwell and Commander and crew members of USS Wichita from City Hall, through Veterans’ Memorial Park and Keeper of the Plains.  Kansas Honor Flight and local VFW and American Legion Posts greeted crew members at the Veterans’ Memorial Park with Flag Line and Ceremony. 
  • Call from Steve Gonzales regarding Armed Forces Night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on July 26. 

6-27-17

  • Patty – Fielded calls and offered support for 3 veterans in need. 
  • Delivered / hung EXPO fliers in Delano and Mort’s in Old Town. 
  • Hutch – Project Independence Board Meeting.

6-26-17  Hutch – Attended welcome reception dinner at Larkspur for the USS Wichita crew.  

6-23-17  

  • VPCSC meeting with Karen Townsend, Director of Wichita VA Regional Office as guest speaker; had nearly 60 in attendance.  

6-22-17  Patty – EXPO planning / contacts / deliveries and hanging of EXPO fliers at many locations. 

6-21-17

  • Patty – Went to send off one of our Georgetown Vet-To-Vet Support Command members and his brother on the Kansas Honor Flight at the airport.  
  • VPCSC meeting prep & planning. 

6-20-17

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans.  
  • Patty – WIBA (Wichita Independent Business Association) Luncheon at Botanica with Mayor Jeff Longwell as guest speaker.   
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command presentation for funding to TEXTRON Empoyee Giving Board.  

6-19-17  

  • Thank you presentation to Management and Team Members at Sam’s on N. Rock Rd. for Community Grant for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.
  • Wichita Rotary Lunch as guests of presenter, the Rear Admiral Jeff Penfield who is the Chairman of the USS Wichita Commission. (Crew of the USS Wichita will be in Wichita next week.)  
  • EXPO planning calls with:  
    • Brad Gifford at the Wichita Vet Center
    • Herb Duncan, Kansas Honor Flight 
    • Chip Neumann, Midwest Battle Buddies 
    • Tara Cisneros, Wichita VA Regional Office
  • Phil Richardson, KPTS 
  • Kenny White, VFW Post 4 Commander

6-16-17  

  • Personal visits with VPCSC Invitations & EXPO fliers to:  
    • Catholic Charities 
    • Salvation Army 
    • Starbucks (Rock Rd. – Amanda Lawrence, Military and Veteran Representative, will distribute EXPO fliers to all locations. 
    • McConnell AFB – Family Readiness Center and Base Commander, Col. Al Miller
    • Amedysis Hospice 

6-15-17  

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Huston Center. 
  • Town Hall meeting at Robert J. Dole VAMC – networked after meeting. 
  • Paid visit to Passageways.

6-14-17  

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at McLean Manor. 
  • EXPO planning calls with Chip Neumann, Director of Midwest Battle Buddies and Steve Gonzales from Alpha 1 Drop Zone.  
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Greenway Manor. 

6-13-17  

  • Thank you presentation to Walmart on E. Kellogg for Community Grant to Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Wichita Greater Area Veterans Advocacy Board (Formerly MyVA) meeting.  
    • Spoke to John Buckley, Military Relations Manager at Koch Industries about funding proposal from Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Spoke to Brad Gifford, Wichita Vet Center and Steve Seymour, American Legion Post Commander in El Dorado about EXPO.
  • Meeting with Tara Cisneros, Wichita Regional VA Benefits Office regarding Outreach to veterans.  
  • Volunteer orientation with new Vet-To-Vet Support Command veteran.  

6-12-17  

  • TAPS Debriefing at McConnell AFB presentation to transitioning airmen.  
  • Meeting with Jim Denison, VFW, regarding 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commenorative Pinning at the Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5.  
  • Call with U.S.S. WICHITA Commissioning Committee, Executive Director, Ward Cook to help coordinate their crew visit to Wichita June 27 – 29.  Plans under way to take them to visit Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine with Midwest Battle Buddies one afternoon and tour WSU Veteran Center another day.   

6-10-17  (Sat.) Vet-To-Vet Support Command hosted a special event at Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine Ranch with 16 participants in attendance.  (Transportation provided as needed.)  Everyone enjoyed riding horses (those that wanted to), fishing and spending time on the ranch.  

6-9-17  

  • Suicide Prevention Coalition meeting at COMCARE. 
  • Accompanied Cloud 9 at meeting with Sumner County. 

6-8-17  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County (VPCSC) Planning Committee meeting at Alpha 1 Drop Zone with commitee members Howard Hutchison (leader), Steve Gonzales, Jamie Wohlgemuth, Brad Webster and Patty Gnefkow.    

6-7-17  

  • NEW Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Maple Gardens with 12 veterans in attendance.  We will host monthly meetings at Maple Gardens.  
  • Patty – Assisted veteran in need with transportation to/from appointment. 

6-6-17  

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Veterans’ Social Support Group at Georgetown Village with 10 veterans in attendance.  Tara Cisneros from Wichita VA Regional Office was our guest and she presented 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration Pins to Vietnam War era veterans.   
  • Patty – WIBA (Wichita Independent Business Association) Ladies’ Leadership Alliance (WWLA) Luncheon at the Boathouse – networking.  Program – Marketing small businesses. 
  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans. 

6-5-17   Meeting with Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes regarding being a guest speaker at Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5.  (Pending)  

6-2-17  EXPO event planning. 

6-1-17  

  • Meeting with Ron Miller, HALO Advertising regarding promotional items.  
  • Michael Kinard’s Campaign Launch Event for Wichita City Council.
  • SCRP meeting.  

MAY, 2017:

5-26-17  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County meeting and Memorial Day program. 

5-25-17 

  • Meeting with Neil Fogg, V2VSC Board MEmber.
  • Prep for VPCSC meeting.

5-24-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Thank you and presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Managers and Team Members at Walmart at 21st & Amidon for their Community Grant donation to Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Meeting with Tara Cisneros, VA Regional Office, regarding collaborating for upcoming events including “2nd Annual Veterans Awareness EXPO” on Saturday, August 5. 
  • Meeting and intake paperwork with veteran interested in having a veteran peer friend. 

5-23-17  Patty: 

  • Worked with TJ Smith, owner of U.S. Logo, on website development.
  • Scheduled a meeting with Sedgwick County Manager Mike Scholes for June 5 regarding Veterans Awareness EXPO on August 5.

               Hutch & Patty:  

  • Met with Vet-To-Vet Support Command funder with updates and delivered a picture book of 9 collages that were designed by Neil Fogg, V2VSC Board Member.  

5-22-17  Patty & Hutch: 

  • Received donation from Walmart Foundation from E. Kellogg Store for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.
  • Attended a gathering hosted by Passageways, Jennifer, Sean & Susan, to honor Whiskey from Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine who passed away recently with a framed poem and blue ribbon presented by Passageways.  Matt Kiddo from Wichita Team RWB also attended. 

5-19-17:  Hutch & Patty:

  • Thank you and presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Managers and Team Members at Walmart at Pawnee & Broadway for their Community Grant donation to Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Took V2VSC Veteran from McClean Group to welcome home a V2VSC Veteran from Georgetown Group from his Kansas Honor Flight trip to D.C. and welcome back all the other veterans too!
  • Delivered information to U.S. Logo for website.

5-18-17:  Patty: 

  • Led Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group at Huston Center – Discussed Special Event we are hosting at Cloud 9 on June 10 and met with new V2VSC Member who we have been working with on housing.  

Hutch & Patty: 

  • Hosted Quarterly Vet-To-Vet Support Command Thank You / Social Event at Vatterott College for Veteran Students and their faculty. 
  • Presented Vatterott Campus Director, Mike Harris with a Certificate of Appreciation.

5-17-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • Thank you and presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to Managers and Team Members at Walmart at 21st & Maize for their Community Grant donation to Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Fielded calls from 2 veterans in need.

5-16-17  Patty: 

  • Veterans Awareness EXPO planning.
  • Prepared pictures for collages.
  • Delivered fliers for NEW Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group at Maple Gardens, starting June 7.

Hutch & Patty: 

  • WIBA Mixer at Botanica 
    • Visited with Mayor Jeff Longwell

5-15-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • TAPS at McConnell AFB – Debriefing of transitioning military personnel. 
  • UMOD Grand Opening of new Food Distribution Center

5-13-17 (Sat.)  Patty:

  • Game Warden Appreciation Day at Alpha 1 Drop Zone – Networking

5-12-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • Suicide Prevention Council meeting at Comcare (8 a.m.)
  • Meeting with Jennifer Garrison and Susan Moellinger from Passageways.

5-11-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Advisory Board Meeting (6 p.m.)
  • Meeting with Jason & Jamie Wohlgemuth, Cloud 9, about upcoming special events. 

5-10-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group at Greenway Manor.  (10:30 a.m.)
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group and Memorial Recognition of veteran at McLean Manor. (2 p.m.)
  • SCBRC leadership meeting. 

5-9-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans. (9 a.m. – Noon)
  • MyVA South Kansas Community meeting at the VA (11:00 a.m.)
  • CoC (Continuum of Care) Meeting at United Way (3 p.m.)
  • Calls to 4 community supporters and 9 veterans who participate in our groups. 
  • Contacted Manager of Walmart at 21st & Maize & scheduled thank you presentation for their Community Grant. 

5-8-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Meeting at Comcare.  (9 a.m.)
  • Hutch:  WIBA’s Governmental Affairs meeting. 

5-5-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Thank you presentation to Walmart on W. Kellogg for supporting Vet-To-Vet Support Command with a Community Grant. 
  • Call with Vet-To-Vet Support Command potential funder. 

5-4-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • V2VSC Board meeting prep.  
  • Assisted veteran in need. 
  • Went by Passageways to visit veteran residents…then spoke to Jennifer Garrison, President of Passageways and scheduled a meeting for May 12. 

5-3-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • Made a presentation to Walmart team members at 53rd & Amidon about Vet-To-Vet Support Command as they consider our Community Grant proposal. 
  • Met with Ron Miller, HALO Advertising.  Also spoke to Adrian Palmer at U.S. Logo. 
  • United Way Volunteer Managers’ Meeting

5-2-17  Patty:

  • Made V2VSC Member I.D. Cards for Georgetown veterans.
  • Call from McLean veteran with idea about Memorial table for fellow veteran. 
  • Called and visited Jim Denison from VFW to pick up a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative pin for McLean veteran who passed away for his Memorial table at our next group meeting.  
  • Delivered above pin to veteran at McLean who is working on Memorial table. 
  • Called Ron Miller from HALO Advertising & scheduled meeting. 
  • United Methodist Open Door – Delivered signed 2017-2019 MOU to Angee Sisco, Director of Homeless Services for providing outreach to homeless veterans and using their office space. 
  • Call to activities director, Angela at Oxford Villa, to schedule a meeting to discuss hosting V2VSC groups there.

Hutch & Patty:  

  • Follow up visits to Walmart and Sam’s Clubs regarding pending Community Grants for Vet-To-Vet Support Command
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group at Georgetown, with veterans 12 in attendance. 
  • Board Meeting at Project Independence & meeting with Rene Strunk, President of PI about “Friends Through Recovery” Group which is hosted by Patty & Hutch.

5-1-17  Patty: 

  • TAPS at McConnell AFB – Debriefing of transitioning military personnel. 
  • Fielded call from Brad Gifford, Wichita Vet Center & emails from Jeremy at St. Francis Community Services – re: Veteran in need.  
  • Call from veteran about his veteran son who is seeking housing assistance.  Referred him to Passageways. 
  • Scheduled thanks presentation with Walmart (Pawnee) for V2VSC Community Grant donation. 
  • Visited Walmart in Derby (on K-15) about Community Grant application submitted for V2VSC. 
  • Visited veteran in Vet-To-Vet Support Command (V2VSC) program at his home (Derby). 
  • Called V2VSC participants. 
  • Visited Walmart at 21st & Amidon about Community Grant application submitted for V2VSC. 
  • Spoke to McLean veteran about upcoming Memorial Table for veteran who passed away. 
  • Visit McLean veterans, delivered Kansas Honor Flight bracelets  and met with Gay Quisenberry, Activities Director.  
  • Reminder calls to 15 veterans at Georgetown Village, re: V2VSC group on May 2.  
  • Spoke to Steve Gonzales, (Alpha 1 Drop Zone) & VPCSC Board Member, re: guest speaker & program for June VPCSC meeting. 

APRIL, 2017:

4-28-17   VPCSC Meeting:

Guest speakers:  Steve Peeples, Owner of Peeples Prosthetics and Orthodics & Matt Amos, Iraq Veteran / Double Amputee.  Outstanding presentation and incredible stories of sacrifice and overcoming barriers.

Patty & Hutch: 

  • Attended retirement party for Sandy Swank, Director of Case Management for many, many years at Inter-Faith Ministries. 
  • Went by the car show at Central & West, hoping to see Jim Denison conducting 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemorative Pinning Ceremony…however, a little too late

4-27-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command hosted their semi-annual “Thank you and Congratulations event for WSU Veteran Students” at the Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Center on WSU Campus with 2 Brothers BBQ lunch and presentation.  Thank you Sarah Sell, Director of Veteran Student Services at WSU
  • Follow up visits to several Walmart stores regarding pending Vet-To-Vet Support Command Community grants. 
  • Planning meeting with Jamie & Jason Wohlgemuth, Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine Foundation, Inc. – growth of our non-profits, financial stability, continued partnering and upcoming events, including Vet-To-Vet Support Command event on June 10.

4-26-17  Patty: 

  • Worked on the 2017 Veteran Awareness EXPO, Vet-To-Vet Support Command contact with veterans and prepared for April 28th VPCSC meeting.

4-25-17 

  • Patty – United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans.
  • Visited two veterans, one who is recuperating from injuries; picked up shower chair that Vet-To-Vet Support Command secured / borrowed for minimal fee from the Medical Loan Closet to return it so someone else to benefit from using now that our veteran is on the mend and does not need it anymore.
  • Hutch & Patty:
  • Continuum of Care (CoC) meeting at United Way – Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Luella Sanders, Director of Community Impact at the United Way of the Plains from the Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.  Pat Hanrahan, Executive Director of the United Way and approximately 30 non-profits were in attendance.  Thank you Howard Hutchison for heading this outstanding recognition for Luella, which is well deserved.

4-24-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • Thank you presentation and framed Certificate of Appreciation given to Sam’s Club, Store # 6275 on N. Maize road for their donation to Vet-To-Vet Support Command and supporting our local veterans!
  • Meeting with I-Heart Radio about the August 5, 2017 Veteran Awareness EXPO regarding options for PSA’s and possibly having a live remote station broadcasting at the event at the Mid-America All Indian Center. 

4-23-17  (Sunday)  Hutch & Patty:

Attended Wichita Team RWB veteran event at Cloud 9 Therapeutic Equine – GREAT DAY!

4-21-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Thank you presentation and “Big Check” received from Walmart Market, Store #5855 for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.
  • Meeting with Jeremy Barker, Owner of “2 Brothers BBQ” on W. Central to purchase catering for Vet-To-Vet Support Command “Thank you and Congratulations lunch event for WSU Veteran Students” at the Leroy Pitts Military and Veteran Center on WSU Campus.  Thank you Sarah Sell, Director of Veteran Student Services at WSU. 

4-20-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • Huston Center Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group with veteran guests from McLean Manor Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group
  • Patty – Veteran Awareness EXPO calls / planning

4-19-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • UMB Bank Donation presentation to Vet-To-Vet Support Command.  hank you UMB for supporting our veterans!
  • Lunch meeting with Cody Hutson, Assistant Golf Pro, James – General Manager and Brian – Golf Pro at Crestview Country Club regarding their first Crestview Charity Golf Tournament on July 17, with proceeds designated for Vet-To-Vet Support Command, Inc.!

4-18-17  Patty: 

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans.
  • Veteran Awareness EXPO calls / planning

4-17-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • TAPS at McConnell AFB – Debriefing of transitioning military personnel. 

4-13-17  Hutch, Steve Gonzales, Brad Webster, Jamie Wohlgemuth:

  • VPCSC Planning Committee Meeting at Alpha 1 Drop Zone 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

4-12-17  Hutch:

  • McLean Vet-To-Vet Support Command Group

4-11-17  Hutch:

  • CoC at United Way 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

4-6-17  Hutch:

  • Hosted an information table for Veteran Providers’ Coalition and Vet-To-Vet Support Command for AMVETS “WE CARE DAY,” coordinatred by VSO Gene McCreight in VA Auditorium from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

4-5-17  Hutch:

  • United Way Volunteer Managers’ Meeting – Noon-1 p.m., led by Becky Springer and Mark Stump.

4-3-17  Hutch:

  • TAPS at McConnell AFB – Debriefing of transitioning military personnel. 
  • WIBA’s Government Affairs Meeting 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

MARCH, 2017:

3-31-17:  Hutch:

  • Women Veterans’ Meet & Greet at VA Auditorium: 6 p.m. organized by Steve Gonzales from Alpha 1 Drop Zone.

3-30-17  Hutch:

  • Town Hall – VA Auditorium 1:00 – 3:00 (Benefits clinic goes til 4)

3-24-17  Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County meeting: 

·        Aaron Plume, State of Kansas Registered Apprenticeship Coordinator

State of Kansas JVSG (Jobs for Veterans State Grant) Coordinator

·        John Buckley, Military Relations Manager, Koch Industries & Co-Chair of MyVA South Kansas Community

3-23-17  Patty: 

  • VPCSC prep and planning/volunteer coordination. 
  • V2VSC business and contact with participants.

Hutch:  SCRP meeting with Congressional Candidate Ron Estes speaking. 

3-22-17  Patty & Hutch:

  • Met with Newman University student, Alison Despard, who will be working with us on this year’s EXPO. 
  • Special Vet-To-Vet Support Command meeting at McLean Manor with new Lead Mentor volunteer, Scott.

3-21-17  Patty: 

  • United Methodist Open Door – Outreach to homeless veterans.
  • VPCSC meeting planning.

Hutch & Patty:

  • Met with V2VSC funder. 
  • Attended WIBA (Wichita Independent Business Association) mixer at Boys & Girls Club. 
    • Spoke to Angie Thompson from Vatterott College regarding plans for our next quarterly V2VSC Veteran Gathering there. 

3-20-17  Patty prepared and sent information to funder on V2VSC and called local funders.

3-17-17  Patty met with V2VSC Treasurer

  • Hutch & Patty met with April Scott, Executive Director of Mid-American All Indian Center regarding August 5th Veteran Awareness EXPO

3-16-17  Hutch & Patty:

  • COMBINED VET-TO-VET SUPPORT COMMAND GROUPS:  Huston Center & McLean Manor (at Huston)
  • Promoted upcoming VPCSC meeting

3-15-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • Received call from UMB with grant funding notification for Vet-To-Vet Support Command. 
  • Patty contacted Sarah Sell, Director of Veteran Services at WSU regarding V2VSC event for veteran students the end of April.
  • Assisted WWII Veteran seeking information about VA benefits and Kansas Honor Flight information.   
  • Attended SCBRC meeting. 

3-14-17  Patty:

  • United Methodist Open Door.
  • Scheduled formal thank you presentation with Sam’s Club on N. Maize Road for March 22.
  • Plans for Newman University Master’s student to assist with 2017 Veteran Awareness EXPO (August 5).

Hutch & Patty: 

  • MyVA Communities South Kansas Board meeting at VA; Patty served as interim secretary.  Presentations made by VA about veteran unemployment and homelessness (community providers regarding homelessness also in attendance).
  • Patty confirmed 2017 Veteran Awareness EXPO participants:  VA Regional Office – Tara Cisneros; AMVETS – Gene McCreight; WSU Student Veterans Organization – Sarah Sell; American Legion – David Koopmans / Tim Gaynor; VFW / VSO – Dave Kennedy; PVA – Mark & Dianna Stever. 
  • Visited with Barbara Hardyway, VA Regional Office.  
  • Continuum of Care meeting at United Way – Patty distributed VA Town Hall (March 30) large posters to: Aaron Lovelady – Salvation Army SSVF; Stephanie Cline – MHA; Angee Cisco – UMOD & Luella Sanders – United Way to post.
  • Received call from UMB regarding V2VSC funding proposal update.
  • Received call from American Legion Post 81 in El Dorado – Post 81 Commander Steve Seymour regarding possibly assisting Midwest Battle Buddies to help veterans needing PTSD service dogs.  Also visited about 2017 Veteran Awareness EXPO, other upcoming events and other ways to partner.

Patty: 

  • Project Independence – “Friends Through Recovery” group. 
  • Visited a veteran in the hospital and assisted his family members.

3-13-17  Hutch:  Debriefed airmen in TAPS class at McConnell AFB, Airmen & Family Readiness Center as the;y transition into civilian life.  Presentation on Veteran Providers’ Coalition of Sedgwick County & Vet-To-Vet Support Command, staying connected to fellow veterans and seek veteran services if/when needed for themselves or others.  

Patty & Hutch:  

  • Visited Jeremy Knodel at Salvation Army with the SSVF program about hosting an information booth at our annual Veteran Awareness EXPO on August 5 and the upcoming VPCSC meeting. 
  • Visited Nancy Wiebe and Garland, Executive Director at InterFaith Ministries about hosting an information booth at our annual Veteran Awareness EXPO on August 5 and the upcoming VPCSC meeting. 
  • Received/deposited donation from Sam’s Club/Walmart Foundation for Vet-To-Vet Support Command.
  • Contacted V2VSC funder.

Hutch:  Attended WIBA’s (Wichita Independent Business Association) Government Affairs meeting.  

3-11-17  Hutch:  Rode with Sedgwick County Commisioner Dave Dennis, veteran, in his Corvette with “Vettes 4 Vets” in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  

  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command women veterans Amber, Ivy & Angela marched with the Alpha 1 Drop Zone military trucks in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  
  • Gene McCreight, VPCSC member with AMVETS, rode his motorcycle with fellow veterans in parade.  
  • MSgt Tammy Pederson marched in the parade with Team McConnell representing the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.  

3-9-17  Patty: 

  • Sent VPCSC March meeting invitation out.
  • Sent Women Veterans Meet & Greet event (March 31) info out.
  • Contacted V2VSC members.

3-8-17  Patty:

  • Greenway Manor V2VSC group – Larry and Deena Ruse, Kansas Honor Flight presentation to WWII veteran who will complete the application and get it back to Patty to submit to Kansas Honor Flight.
  • Delivered Kansas Honor Flight applications and brochures to veteran at Georgetown Village for him and his brother.

Hutch & Patty:

  • Spoke to Steve Gonzales, re: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & VPCSC planning.
  • McLean Manor V2VSC group meeting.  (Patty delivered Kansas Honor Flight bracelets to veteran who requested them and made donation.)

Patty – Assisted veteran at an appointment.

3-7-17  Patty:  Assisted veteran in need.

Hutch & Patty:

  • Georgetown Village Vet-To-Vet Support Command group meeting.

Patty – Project Independence “Friends through Recovery” group.

3-6-17  Patty: 

  • St. Patrick’s Day entry plans.
  • Prep for this week’s V2VSC groups; contact volunteer.
  • Assisted veteran at an appointment.

3-3-17  Patty:  

  • Sent information to Jody Gragg, Senior Director of Outreach Services and Veteran Navigator at Via Christi Health, Inc. VPCSC, V2VSC & CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) information.  
  • Spoke to Candy Mitchell from “Vettes for Vets” – Corvette Club in Wichita regarding Howard Hutchison riding in one of their Corvettes in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sat., March 11.
  • Contacted VPCSC & V2VSC participants for St. Patrick’s Day parade

3-2-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • Hosted two events at Vatterott College for student veterans and staff members, including sandwich, chips & cookies buffet.  Brad Webster, Program Specialist from Veterans Upward Bound attended and shared information at the lunch meeting.  Presentation by Hutch & Patty included information about VPCSC veteran service providers and Vet-To-Vet Support Command.  We will host quarterly events at Vatterott College to get to know their student veterans and staff to acquaint them with our services.  THANK YOU ANGIE THOMPSON, Career Services and MIKE HARRIS, Campus Director for this wonderful opportunity! 
  • Meeting with Jody Gragg, Senior Director of Outreach Services and Veteran Navigator at Via Christi Health, Inc. regarding VPCSC & Vet-To-Vet Support Command. Provided new fliers which he will pass on to all Via Christi Health, Inc. discharge teams to give to veterans being released from their care.  Also discussed Via Christi being represented at Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) meetings which Howard and Patty are members.  
  • Contact with Chip Neumann, Midwest Battle Buddies – re: St. Patrick’s Day Parade entry

3-1-17  Patty:

  • Contacted V2VSC volunteers and members. 
  • Prep for Vatterott College group visits/presentations to their student veterans and staff on 3-2-17.
  • Referral call from Wichita Vet Center – Veteran seeking pro-bono legal assistance.
  • Patty & Hutch: Finalized Dillons request for support proposal. 

2-28-17  Hutch & Patty: 

  • UMOD – Outreach to homeless veterans. 
  • Meeting with Vet-To-Vet Support Command funder 
  • Continuum of Care meeting at United Way 
  • Mental Health Association Open House  
  • Project Independence – Board Meeting 

2-27-17  Hutch & Patty:  

  • TAPS at McConnell AFB – Debriefing of transitioning military personnel. 
  • Referral call from Brad Webster at Veterans Upward Bound – Referral made to Aaron Plume at Kansas WorkForce to assist veteran. 
  • Calls to/from VPCSC & V2VSC members regarding participating in St. Patrick’s Day parade with Alpha 1 Drop Zone as walkers  
  • Contacted Jody Bragg, Via Christi Veteran Navigator 
  • Contacted John Buckley, Military Relations Manager at Koch Industries 
  • Vet-To-Vet Support Command: Group plans