Patriot Connect is a SMECO program designed to help veterans and active military personnel who may be having a difficult time transitioning back into the community.
As reports in the media indicate, the high incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military personnel has been at the root of an increased number of suicides. Nationally, as many as 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
For vets who may be unable to cope, dealing with a termination notice from SMECO could be the last straw. So we are reaching out to the men and women who have served our country in an effort to help prevent an unnecessary tragedy.
What is SMECO doing?
For new customers, SMECO’s customer service personnel are empowered to waive the service application fee and the customer deposit for eligible veterans and military personnel.
For existing customers, customer service personnel may grant an extension for eligible veterans or active military personnel in need of assistance.
Working with local agencies:
SMECO is working with local agencies that provide services to veterans and military personnel, as well as organizations that provide funds to support veterans, because these agencies can help promote this program to the people who need it.
What is SMECO’s goal?
Our goal is to help someone who is suffering from a stress disorder get one step closer to a normal life. By making it easier for people with PTSD, combat stress, or related trauma to accomplish everyday tasks, we hope to help customer-members—people who have risked their lives in service to our country—with reintegrating into the community.
For Bill Payment Assistance:
Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs
Southern Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee
301-274-4474, 301-475-5574, 301-870-3770, or 410-535-1010
Prince George’s County Department of Social Services
For Financial Assistance:
Semper Fi Fund (Post-9/11 wounded)
Three Oaks Homeless Shelter
Veterans Trust Fund, Maryland Dept. of Veterans Affairs (Veterans only)
VFW/American Legion Posts (Veterans only)
301-638-9532 (Call for an appointment)
Lifestyles of Maryland
Interfaith Community Connection
Calvert County Department of Social Services
Charles County Department of Social Services
St. Mary’s County Department of Social Services
240-895-7000 or 240-725-5700
For Other Assistance:
Maryland Commitment to Veterans
(Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
Southern Maryland JobSource
Prince Frederick - 443-550-6750
Waldorf - 301-645-8712
Leonardtown - 301-880-2800