Ask The Questions

TWO QUESTIONS CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!


To provide the highest quality of care to our service members, veterans, and their families, we must first identify them

Ask The Questions: To Better Serve  Orange County Veterans  &  Their Families

WHAT is the ASK THE QUESTIONS Campaign?Less

​The Ask the Questions campaign is an initiative aimed at recruiting ALL services, facilities, organizations, providers, and the like, to Ask:

1. “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” So that anyone who has ever served in the military (regardless of their discharge status, era or age) and their family members can be identified and connected to services.

2. “Do you have any children?” So that children of anyone who has served in the military can get connected to specific services for them. Children of veterans are a highly underserved population.

By the end of 2021, we want all service providers in Orange County to confirm these two questions are included in their intake forms.

WHO should we Ask?Less

Everyone! Men, Women, Children, the Elderly, those with disabilities, everyone! Even if you have been serving or treating the person for a long time, it is never too late to ask. You may be surprised at how many people say “Yes!” Let them know that you have recently learned that this information can sometimes be important to the delivery of your care or service, therefore you have made a commitment to ask these questions.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

WE NEED YOUR HELP. 

Does your current intake form ask the questions: HAVE YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY? DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN?

·      If your agency DOES HAVE the box on the form, please email: mhuff@cgcinc.com so we can include your organization in our medal of honors listing.

·      If an agency DOES NOT HAVE the box on the form and they would like to learn more about the initiative, please visit ocvmfc.info.

·      If an agency ADDED THE TWO QUESTIONS to their intake form, please email: mhuff@cgcinc.com so OCVMFC can include the organization in our honorable mention of honors listing.


The survey only takes about 5 minutes of your time to complete and will make a big difference.

As nonprofit organizations and health and human service agencies on a mission to strengthen veteran families and through identification, this survey will provide real data to veteran and civilian decision-makers to improve access to resources and services.

You have the power to drive real change.

Click Here To Take the Survey

Resources & Flyers

CLICK HERE      for The  Ask The Questions Press Release.


Downloadable handouts organized by service sectors to use with agencies that do not yet   have the questions on their intake form

Additional Information
FAQ's

Additional Information

Orange County Community Foundation and Orange County Veteran and Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC) , and  211OC have partnered together to launch the Ask the Questions campaign to encourage healthcare agencies, social service organizations, and other groups, organizations, and agencies to ask the questions:​

1. “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” so that anyone who has ever served in the military (regardless of their discharge status, era or age) and their family members can be identified and connected to services.

​2. “Do you have any children?” So that children of anyone who has served in the military can get connected to specific services for them. Children of veterans are a highly underserved population.​

Of the over 130,000 veterans residing in Orange County, only a fraction receives their healthcare from the VA. Not all veterans are eligible for care through the Veterans Administration and some veterans choose not to seek their care.

The Ask the Questions campaign provides an opportunity to educate and engage the civilian sector in understanding our military and their families better serving this population. Today, these questions are not included on the vast majority of health history forms in Orange County, nor is it routinely included when people access other community programs and services.​​

This campaign will not only Ask the Questions, but it will also educate providers about referral pathways and identify resources when a veteran answers "yes" the questions. The initiative can help lead to more accurate diagnoses and also identify whether a veteran is eligible for VA healthcare services and benefits. ASK THE QUESTIONS strives to improve access to care for veterans and their families through identification, improved access to care and verification of veterans, their families and their children receiving services. Asking the Questions campaign is a simple step that can open the door to greater care, treatment, and understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need to identify everyone who has ever served in the military and their families?

Military service comes with many unique experiences and exposures, most of which civilians will never have. Understanding the culture from which the individual may be operating, knowing about possible variables in their health, and in their family situation, including their children, will allow you to deliver more effective, comprehensive, and culturally competent care or services. You might even connect them with benefits or services they didn’t know they were entitled to! Additionally, knowing about one’s service allows us to show our appreciation for the sacrifices they have made.

Why do we need to ask the questions in this way?Less

​Do not ask “Are you a Veteran?” It is paramount that the Question be asked in a manner that allows all whom have worn the uniform to feel included in the inquiry. Not everyone whom has served identifies as a “veteran” either because they do not feel comfortable with the term, their discharge status prohibits it, or because their service involved work with the National Guard or Reserves and they were never activated. This specific question also allows family members to respond in the affirmative if their loved one is actively serving or if he/she falls into one of the above categories.