When your work is your passion and you have found your purpose, the rewards are great! The Arms Forces is honored to be welcomed into the lives of our military veterans, their families, service providers, other organizations, government entities and communities around our country!
The written and spoken word is very powerful. Some of these testimonials came by way of print, others by way of voice. All of them came from the heart!! We are truly honored and look forward to many years of building trusted, sustainable, empowered relationships that will help us reach out and serve even more!!
Walk along the path of gratitude with us and read what a few friends of The Arms Forces have to say!
IN THEIR WORDS
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
FEDERAL DEFENDERS ORGANIZATION
Carlos A. Williams
June 29, 2012
Assistant Federal Defender
Fred W. Tiemann
Research & Writing Attorney
Elsie Mae Miller
PO Box 981
Maumee, OH 43537
Dear Ms Hays,
Many Thanks for your invaluable assistance to the indigent veterans we represent. Through you, the Arms Forces provides many resources we either have no knowledge of or cannot provide.
I have requested your assistance on a particular case in our office. We have relied heavily on your expertise in preparing this veteran’s case for court. I can truthfully say we would be in a much poorer position without your help. We are grateful you will attend his hearing and make his personal situation real for the Court. You have also contacted other resources that will help him long into the future.
However, it’s not just this particular case. Your knowledge of the VA system and other public and private resources will greatly help us help our veterans. As a fellow veteran and advocate, I am grateful for the existence of your organization.
With great respect,
Carole Lewis, SFC Army MOM
I am writing this letter of appreciation to you because of the amazing difference you have made in our lives. You have jumped in with both feet from the moment we first communicated. From the very first phone call you listened, understood and related to everything I said and confided in you about my son with PTSD after returning from his second tour of war in Iraq. Most importantly is when my son was at his very lowest, you placed the phone call to him and he knew somebody finally “got him” or finally understood! I believe he started hoping again at that very moment. During your devoted work with me and my son you have encouraged, educated, energized and rejuvenated our hope. Your calls and letters caused better decisions to be made regarding my son. You are an awesome Life Navigation Coach. You offer planning and coaching, but above all, you offer yourself, your devotion, your understanding and your love. Thank you for being a part of our lives. We can’t imagine going through this without you. You are now our friend. You are now our family. We love you!Becky Hall Corporal USMC Mom My son suffered a devastating wound during an IED explosion in Iraq in 2005. While the military doctors were able to heal his visible wounds, the wounds that would haunt the next 2 ½ years of his life and eventually lead to his death were the invisible wounds of war. Our story in not unlike many other families. Time made me realize that not only did my son suffer from PTSD; he also had an undiagnosed traumatic brain injury. My son had no one reach out to him and stay focused on him to get him through what he was dealing with. Being a parent, he would only allow his dad and me a limited amount of insight into his inner conflict. This was an attempt to protect us. There was no one to talk with to help make sense of his feelings and to point him to the resources that could help him. The Arms Forces’ concept of Life Navigation Coaches reaching out directly to our veterans or active duty military personnel who are in need, is the very thing that would have saved my son from his tragic death. Your program has the potential to nationally reach many more of our suffering and troubled veterans and service members at a grass roots level. Victor Medina Veteran U.S. Army TBI Warrior.com Pam demonstates the ability to overcome adversities by developing and executing a mission to help so many service members and veterans like myself. Not only is she a great Patriot,but she is a wonderful human being. The Arms Forces’ mission can be summarized in its last paragraph “The Arms Forces is commited to being a leader in serving veterans with TBI or PTSD by addressing their unique needs and providing program sand services that are customized to make the most of their deficits while highlighting their abilities.” Pam brings a brighter future and hope to TBI survivors like me. She is the epitome of what a true Patriot and Public Servant should be . She is an example for so many to follow. Robert A. Huettner Army Retired Office of Public Affairs, ICE I am a veteran with 24 years, three combat tours and retired in 2005. Like many other veterans, I found the adjustment to civilian life difficult, especially when it came to dealing with the physical and mental wounds that we have sustained in the service to our country. Pam was recommended to me by a close friend, Colonel Keith Landry. She and her organization have done much to assist the soldiers who have returned from combat. Even though she has not been in combat, she has an innate ability to understand what we are going through and what services we need. She has travelled around the country educating on our behalf; she is one of the few who champions of the wounded. The bottom line is that Pam and her organization truly care about our wounded. She actively provides us with the best possible care and chance to become productive members of a society that does not want to understand what we have gone through. Pam and her organization are more than deserving of any and all support that can be provided. Stephen Honan U. S. Navy Retired US Naval Academy Non profits worthy of supporting need highly engaged, proactive leadership~ Pam Hays is highly recommended as the Founder/President of ‘The Arms Forces!’