Valor’s foundation and dedication to helping Law Enforcement and Veterans stem from many years of military service by founder Greg Londo. As a US Army Veteran, Greg wanted to continue serving his community and found a way to help fellow Veterans and their families in times of need.
There is an unprecedented number of Law Enforcement and Veteran suicides in the United States, but Colorado experiences an explicitly higher number than the national average. We recognize a need to get involved and have taken steps to partner with local law enforcement agencies, businesses, and organizations in our community.
Pro Bono Services for all Uninsured Veteran and Law Enforcement suicides in the markets we service.
Whether an individual has spent one year, five years, or even longer in the service or overseas or in the police force, the transition to civilian life can be challenging. When in the line of duty, most individuals feel like they serve a purpose. They know what they are doing, what has to be done, and there is an underlying meaning behind it. But unfortunately, after returning home from a deployment, or active duty, a service member may transition into the civilian workforce and struggle to find that purpose. Greg explains, “It can be and is very jarring for folks.” The structure of military operations and day-to-day life is suddenly gone, and it can be hard to find your footing in a society where that regime and routine are no longer there.
Greg speaks from personal experience on this, “What we saw and lived, and you know, experienced while we were overseas was our normal. So reemerging back into civilian life is a difficult task that folks face when they get back into what we deem as normal society.” The transition can be overwhelming for some and that is why Greg and the Valor team want to help by offering pro-bono services to families and those who find themselves in an unfortunate circumstance where an individual has taken their own life.
We are aware that a Technical Cleaning Service and a podcast might not go hand in hand. However, with Valor Voice, we hope to bring to light important community voices that provide hands-on support to those in need. Our recent guests are dedicated experts in mental health, victim assistance, and family advocacy. The organizations they work for, such as Mental Health Colorado, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Rose Andom Center, and the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office, are directly involved in the day-to-day efforts to combat public health issues.
In addition to highlighting the hard work of Colorado organizations, we also focus on the importance of self-care in Valor Voice. Londo approaches each episode with compassion and the understanding that taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. He explains, “One of the things that is prudent of Valor Voice is self-care and trying to help folks educate on the importance of self-care.” We believe your mind and body are not whole unless both are healthy and strong.
Partnerships & Outreach Support
Trauma looks and feels different to everyone. So while Valor is there to provide support in the wake of a loss, we also work hard to partner with organizations and non-profits for prevention and outreach. We are continually impressed with the collaborative efforts of small businesses, non-profits, and state agencies looking to lend a hand across the state of Colorado.
One organization that we are proud to partner with is Hope for Heroes. The founder and former K9 law enforcement officer, Mitch Serlin, began the organization to help fellow Veterans, police officers, EMTs, and firefighters struggling with mental or physical impairments. We appreciate Mitch and his organization’s work and are proud to join and support his incredible efforts within the community.
Greg spends a lot of time with Veterans outside of his work at Valor and describes that Veterans often say, “I didn’t do a bunch of firefights” or “I wasn’t in the worst of the worst, so I don’t have any trauma.” He explains that they don’t acknowledge or accept that maybe they have some level of traumatic stress disorder or trauma causing an unknown response. He adds, “A good portion of our soldiers who served overseas may not have been in direct contact, but it’s still there.” As a Veteran himself, Greg is aware of the struggles and emphasizes prevention and outreach as a pillar of Valor’s efforts.
While there is still plenty of work to be done in prevention and outreach, our efforts have been well received by the families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers and Veterans. We find it rewarding to offer our services to alleviate family members’ stress and pain during these circumstances. Our desire to serve the communities around us is what drives us. When an accident or unfortunate event occurs, Valor will be there to provide the support you need.