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Name in the News: Darryl Vincent, Chief Operating Officer, U.S.VETS
sees it every day in the faces of the homeless veterans who come through the doors of the shelters run by the U.S. Veterans Initiative.
They need both professional help and moral support, and the ones best equipped to give them the latter are other veterans.
Vincent, 44, is a single dad who has to dart around Ewa to be a part of his two sons' schooling, athletics and other activities, but it's clear that heading the Hawaii office of the initiative, better known as U.S. VETS, is a consuming occupation.
He has been with the agency for a decade, but last year was named chief operating officer of the three Oahu shelters.
years with the Marine Corps did not include combat duty, but the military experience gives him an affinity for some of what the clients are going through, if not the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The newest addition in the U.S. VETS operation is the women's shelter that opened in conjunction with the Fernhurst YWCA.
The organization works with the Veterans
Administration on treatment, delivers other counseling, referral and job-training services to veterans, and partners with agencies that manage the housing.
For example, three former Navy barracks in Kalaeloa, where Vincent
office, were converted to apartments and are run by the realty firm Cloudbreak Hawaii.
At Waianae Community Center
is a shelter accommodating families - most of them civilian - but that facility also provides employment to Vincent's vets.
is pleased to see other steps being taken to support war veterans.
Some of his
clients are also benefiting from the state's creation of a new veterans treatment court for those convicted of lesser crimes.
The court pairs the vet with that moral support they need, he
"They're getting not a social worker, not somebody at the VA, or myself," he