Advocacy- Ruck-Up's Advocacy efforts work in three ways, focusing on local advocacy, and limited federal advocacy on behalf of the Veterans. Local advocacy comes with helping Veterans get needed services with local and state agencies, to include Cheshire Housing, Keene Housing, and assistance in accessing the Veteran's Choice System in using Cheshire Medical Center. At the federal level, all of our staff have been trained the help Veterans with the VA claims process, and the Social Security claims process as well. Our staff includes Federally Accredited VVA and United Spinal accredited VSO's, so if we need to go to "the next level" in claims assistance process, and help the Veteran address issues with the local VA Regional Office. Also, as a further part of our advocacy and care work, we coordinate rides amongst Vets to and from local VA Medical Centers if needed. We also coordinate with programs like "The Warrior Project" and "Soldier On" for shelter or additional counseling. The idea being, similar to Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs, helping our fellow Vets obtain the needed benefits they are entitled to and the resources they need to live healthy and comfortable lives.