Welcome to SOUTHERN UTAH VET’S AID, a program designed by veterans to serve veterans living not only in Southern Utah but elsewhere around the globe. My name is Pat Lisi, and I live in Washington County, Utah. My wife and I moved here in 2006 and we love Southern Utah and the St. George area. I am a former United States Marine and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, wounded in action on May 15, 1969. I have been involved with veteran issues ever since leaving the Corps, but especially in the last few years. There are thousands of veterans living right here in Southern Utah (appr. 7,000 as of summer 2011) and millions (appr. 30M) living in the United States. 15% of our American veterans are women.
My observation in the St. George, Utah area is that many veterans do not know where to start when it comes to what benefits are available or how to apply for them. Local veterans I’ve talked to have filled out paperwork for the VA, but some of these warriors have had limited success in winning their claims to the degree (percentage) they deserve, especially in the APPEALS process when a veteran does not agree with the VA’s decision. Some veterans are laid up in hospital beds or living out their lives in solitude at a nursing facility and could use a visitor once in awhile. Other veterans may want to tell their “story” on a web site where other people, veterans and non-veterans, will read about them. Most of us just want a little respect, honor and recognition for what we’ve done; and we certainly don’t want to be forgotten. SOUTHERN UTAH VET’S AID is here now, and we want to hear from you! This is what we can do for you or your veteran:
- Provide visitation services to veterans in nursing homes and hospitals
- Publish your military experiences on the ‘Veteran’s Corner’ blog of this web site
- Refer veterans to other good sources for help
- Suggest a Veteran’s Advocate for appealing VA decisions
“SUVA” is not funded by any source, so we cannot provide financial assistance to veterans. We do, however, have a division called the Homeless Veterans of Washington County Utah, and this program is funded by private donors who can take a tax deduction under SUVA’s 501 (c) (3) status.
SOUTHERN UTAH VET’S AID is a FREE program and so is this web site. Steve Barone, a veteran of the US Navy, has donated his time, talent and labor to putting this site together and keeping it afloat. It is through this type of selfless volunteerism that we intend to help fellow veterans. Please, give me a call @ 435-215-3090 and let me hear how you are doing. Or, fill out a contact form that you will find at the bottom of every page in the Veterans Corner portion of this site, and send it to me electronically. If I cannot provide the help you need I will certainly know which direction to refer you. If you need to talk to someone about a claim or a problem, or if you want to post something on the blog, call me at SOUTHERN UTAH VET’S AID. Thank you so much for your sacrifices in the service of your country. And, WELCOME HOME!
Pat Lisi – Ivins, Utah/ Southern Utah Vets Aid 435-215-3090.
*I cannot give legal advice, nor am I a licensed counselor of any kind. I do not represent the Veteran’s Administration.