As Hurricane Harvey battered and drenched the coast of Texas, thousands of US Veterans sprang into action. They grabbed their boats and waded through rushing flood waters to rescue stranded civilians. Now that flood waters are beginning to subside, these same veterans are coordinating to “muck out” flooded homes, deliver food and supplies, clean up debris, and even patrol neighborhoods threatened by looters.
Below is a listing of wonderful veteran organizations that are helping our Houston area communities recover from Hurricane Harvey. This information comes courtesy of Combined Arms. Together, Combined Arms and its partner organizations have made the following impact on the relief effort to date:
Total: 185 Volunteers
Total: 41 Relief Events
Here is a listing of veteran organizations that would benefit from your donations, and that are making a huge impact in the greater Houston area:
- In the spirit of “If Not Me, Then Who?” – Travis Manion Foundation is managing and staffing the Operations Center in the Combined Arms Boardroom. They are identifying inbound shipments of relief items and personnel from outside of Houston. They find targets for the shipments. They find volunteers with identified needs in the community.
- Lone Star Veterans Association is managing and staffing the Call Center in Combined Arms. They are taking inbound calls from the constituency and identifying volunteers and veterans that have needs in the community.
- Our mental health partners Easter Seals, Mental Health America, Give-An-Hour and Headstrong have been physically in shelters around Houston and available by phone to counsel veteran (and non-veteran) flood victims.
- Lone Star Legal Aid and Beacon Law has been at GRB, NRG and other area relief centers providing legal advice regarding FEMA applications to those affected by the floods.
- Career Gear opened its doors as a basic needs relief center where displaced persons can go to get basic needs items after leaving the shelter.
- Combined Arms Staff has made significant changes to the website and back-end Salesforce.com technology with help from our amazing partners at Azimuth DS. By using our website, you may identify yourself as a volunteer, sign up for specific volunteer opportunities, or identify yourself as a veteran in need.
- The VA Office of Emergency Management and Veterans Health Administration(VHA) has a mobile clinic and mobile pharmacy at Combined Arms, 2929 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77003. The mobile clinics are open from 8AM to 5PM starting on Monday, September 4th.
- The Houston Vet Center has a mobile mental health clinic at Combined Arms starting at 9AM on Monday, 4 September.
- Team Rubicon is staffing its Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on the 2nd Floor of Combined Arms. The Area EOC will provide management of Team Rubicon activity along the Texas Gulf Coast from Rockport to Beaumont. They have had 5 boat crews and support personnel along the Texas Gulf Coast performing rescue operations. Now they are ramping up for relief operations along the gulf coast and will be asking Houston veterans to continue serving.
- Travis Manion Foundation and Energy Institute High School are co-hosting a Blood Drive at Combined Arms out of a mobile blood donation center on Tuesday, September 5, from 10AM to 3PM. Please come by!
- Vet Connect Day will be on Wednesday, September 6, at Combined Arms. In addition to have VHA Enrollment and VBA representatives onsite, we will also be helping veterans with their FEMA Claims. We are currently working to have FEMA representatives onsite.
- The Mission Continues has executed nine Service Projects in Independence Heights, Oak Forest, Kashmere Gardens, East End, Sunnyside, and area shelters such as George R. Brown Convention Center and NRG Center. #CharlieMike
- Volunteers from Impact A Hero responded quickly to the flood, procured boats for rescue, and headed out into the waters.
- Travis Manion Foundation planned and executed a service project for a home in League City that needed to be “mucked” out.