Veterans and Family Suicide Prevention Fund
Veterans Counseling Veterans, Inc., (VCV) is a veteran-led nonprofit providing training, education, advocacy, mentorship and service (TEAMS) to veterans and their families in the mental health profession.
VCV’s guiding principle is “Taking Care of Our Own”.
While we value the contributions that all individuals and groups play in supporting veterans and their families, VCV believes veterans and family members are obligated to help each other.
VCV will become a nationally recognized veteran organization providing a place for military veterans and spouses of military veterans serving in the behavioral health profession to collaborate, share and grow in the field of behavioral health; and help to bridge the gap of understanding between the civilian population and military veterans.
- Providing supervision for students and registered interns
- Connecting military veteran behavioral health professionals with veterans and family members
- Providing education and training on military culture
- Assisting federal, state and local, community based organizations, community advocacy agencies, and military personnel on military technical issues
- Advocating for military veteran counselors and military veteran spouses in the behavioral health profession
Providing mentorship and peer-to-peer support for military veterans and spouses of military veterans in the behavioral health profession, including undergraduate and graduate students.
Ellsworth “Tony” Williams (President/CEO for Veterans Counseling Veterans INC), FMHCA Military Service Chair
Tony was born in Fort Hood Texas, and was a dependent of a career Vietnam Army Combat Veteran. He spent over 44 years of his 53 years in a military environment. He is a Combat Army Veteran, having faithfully and honorably served on active duty in the Army for over 24 years (8 enlisted and 16 Commissioned), including service during Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He received numerous military awards including a Bronze Star and 3 Meritorious Service Medals (MSM). After he retired in 2007 at the rank of MAJOR, he still wanted to continue to serve his fellow veterans, so he rebranded himself by getting a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. Upon graduation he founded and is the current President/CEO for Veterans Counseling Veterans Inc. Tony is married to Thelma William who is a retired Police Detective from Plainfield, NJ.
VCV is a nonprofit organization lead by Veterans from all branches of service in the behavioral health profession. VCV primary mission is to provide emotional support to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists and Veterans and their family. VCV’s second mission is to provide Professional and Career Development for Veterans in the Behavioral Health Profession.
Tony has received numerous mental health counseling awards including a 2014 National Award “Social Service” from American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) and won Florida Mental Health Counselor Association (FMHCA) 2015 Poster Board Award, depicting the “Military Dependent and War”
Tony serves on many Veteran Boards and Council including:
- Hillsborough Veterans Council
- Florida Mental Health Counselor Association Military Affairs Committee Chair
- Suncoast Mental Health Counselor Association’s Military Interest Committees,
- Florida American Legion District 15 Veterans Affairs’ And Rehab (VA&R) Chair
- Florida American Legion Central Area Command Veterans Affairs’ And Rehab Chair
- Veteran affairs Veterans Engagement Council (VEC) member