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The Peter Makris Memorial Run benefits the Laconia Fire Department Life Saving Fund and Water Rescue Teams and the Easter Seals NH "Veterans Count" Program.
Veterans Count was developed in partnership with ESNH, the NH National Guard, and the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services. The program provides a safety net to service members and families before, during and after deployment through a model that integrates the civilian social service system, local philanthropic funds, and Department of Defense funding, administered through the NH Department of Health and Human Services. Easter Seals manages an inter-agency network of Care Coordinators who serve more than 600 individual cases. Since ESNH launched the program, more than 1,800 military families have been served. Care Coordinators are central to this program, providing comprehensive support, including a detailed assessment of service member/family needs, and a care planning process that builds self-sufficiency by anticipating problems, supporting for strategic whole-family pre-deployment planning, and planning for services, including healthcare/mental health services, employment services, financial assistance and counseling, child-related services, other services based on individual needs. The Care Coordinator coordinates services with military, VA, and social service organizations. Philanthropic dollars directly provide financial support that may include food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills, and child care.
Click here for a video from the Easter Seals to learn more about the NH "Veteran's Count" Program.
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