West Seattle benefit for veterans-helping-veterans One Less Mountain

“I’m not a veteran, but I value their contribution and want to do something that helps them out,” local entrepreneur PJ Glassey explained, when we asked him about an upcoming benefit he’s promoting for a new veterans-assistance group. “Veterans are the reason we are still a free country. While we all may not agree with all the various wars we get involved with, we can all agree that our soldiers are serving us to the point of risking their lives and that means a lot to me.”

The show Glassey – son of a Vietnam veteran as well as owner of X-Gym on Harbor Avenue- is promoting is coming up June 16th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge, a “hypnosis/comedy” performance by Joe Black. Glassey says, “This event is kind of a ‘kickoff’ for the brand-new organization One Less Mountain, which helps veterans when they get home so they can cope, make the transition to civilian life and find the resources needed to make that switch.”

There’s no website for OLM yet, but board member Mark Pollek, a Vietnam veteran, explains that OLM is inspired by Hope for Heroism, a veterans’ peer-helping-peer group based in Israel. Pollek and others including Governor Gregoire’s husband Mike visited Israel to see how it works, and have since been talking with veterans’ and military groups to “see how we could best benefit vets recently discharged from the military.”

Pollek says OLM is starting with a “veteran-transition case-management program” and a “veteran connect program” involving activities “to bring vets together to tell their stories, hear what each other may be going through, validate each other’s concerns, and share methods of success.” The organization also is developing an education program to help corporate human resources people deal with “fear, concern, cultural differences” that may keep them from hiring veterans.

You can find out more at the June 16th comedy/hypnosis show. Tickets are $20, available through Brown Paper Tickets; the show is at 6:45 pm.

6 Replies to "West Seattle benefit for veterans-helping-veterans One Less Mountain"

  • RG June 6, 2012 (7:52 pm)

    Is OLM for WS specifically, or is it city-wide? Any ETA on the website?

    • WSB June 6, 2012 (10:42 pm)

      RG – definitely not just WS; just happens that the fundraiser is happening here. In my e-mail exchange with the board member this afternoon, he said they’d be working posthaste on a website, since they already have a dedicated domain, but that till they get something up, there just simply wasn’t anything at all I could point to, not even a Facebook page … whenever there is an online resource, we’ll add a note about it (including on the calendar listing for the event) … TR

  • clark5080 June 6, 2012 (11:50 pm)

    Wonder what they are going to do differently than other orig’s already do?

  • JoAnne June 7, 2012 (9:29 am)

    This seems odd to me. If someone wants to help our vets, there are already a number of existing 501c3s doing similar work.

    Regardless, people should be very careful about supporting veteran’s charities, as they are often exploited:


  • JoB June 7, 2012 (10:44 pm)

    the need far outstrips the ability of current agencies
    even if they did the same thing other agencies are doing
    it would help keep our vets off the streets…

  • U.S. Army Veteran June 16, 2012 (9:32 am)

    Being a veteran, let me tell you that there are NOT enough organizations and businesses out there that truly support veterans at face value. Veterans need more than just a handshake, pat on the shoulder and pamphlets handed to them. They need someone who HAS been down that road, been in that environment, can speak the language and can help them connect the dots. I SUPPORT ALL VETERAN STARTED, RUN AND DRIVEN help groups, organizations and charities be THEY GET IT.

    Please do not get this message wrong, I do believe many people and organizations ARE trying to help and are succeeding, BUT there is another side needed to help those that are missed and with all the Veterans currently among us and all the NEW ones coming home- is there such a thing as TOO MANY support and help organizations?

    Please also remember that some organizations only offer literature, phone support, interview assistance, etc. Not all are face to face, vet to vet, discussion and get together groups/format. This is just as important because we lived in a very close family environment through some tough times and when we come home that structure, support, close feeling is almost instantly GONE. Its a strange and uncomfortable feeling when you are alone with no perceived and actual protection. I have been down that road too!

    Today I can say that I made it and have a wonderful family and will give as many moments as I can to help other veterans any way I can.

    Please think about these things and next time you are with a newly returning or prior service vet, maybe offer to have a coffee with them or just ask how they are doing today? It means more than you think!

    You don’t have to serve to serve.

    God Bless America, its troops, Veterans and families.

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