After leaving the military, Tim started having difficulties with many issues that he needed to resolve, but he couldn’t easily find the support he needed from either the VA or civilian institutions, so he moved forward with a God-inspired vision to form the CVC.
The CVC provides several services, including its primary service, the veteran-only peer support groups that meet every Thursday evening in FBCW’s building A, rooms 260, 261, and 263. These groups offer support for post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) issues due to military service as well as everyday life issues that sometimes prevent a person from moving forward. These groups are for male and female veterans, and they meet separately because each group’s needs are unique.
The CVC also partners with other organizations that serve veterans and their families. Some of those partnerships include Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program (CCHVP), Vet Life Community, and United Military Care. All these groups have one mission and purpose: to serve and help veterans and their families.
Additionally, the CVC partners with organizations that physically assist veterans who, for whatever reason, are having difficulty with the upkeep of their homes. The CVC partners with local churches and civic organizations to complete necessary repairs, which allows several non-veteran groups to give back to those who have served their country.
CVC Director David Snyder said, “Because of the name (of the ministry), some people think the ministry is only for veterans.” Snyder desperately wants the community to understand that this is not the case. He said, “As with any ministry, volunteers are needed to provide a wide array of services, and the only thing needed to get involved is a heart for service to our veterans.”
Snyder also added, “Cherokee Veterans Community is making a difference in the lives of our veterans because I see them come in closed and protective, and within a few weeks, they start engaging and sharing their stories that help other veterans. That’s proof positive.”
The CVC has a two-part motto: “We are standing strong shoulder to shoulder and we are stronger standing together than when we are standing alone.” The veterans in CVC say that the motto is not just words to them — it’s their purpose.”