White House Author
Volunteer, Jefferson Parrish Association of Concerned Citizens (JPACC)
Army Major (Ret.) Frances A. Roberts, from Loranger, LA, became an AmeriCorps VISTA in February of 2014 in Gretna, LA, with the Jefferson Parish Alliance of Concerned Citizens Coalition (JPACC) as the CADCA VetCorps Prevention Coordinator. As a VISTA, she worked with the community and universities on Youth Alcohol, Drug and Tobacco Prevention, and Youth Suicide Prevention. She also worked closely with the Louisiana Army National Guard to raise awareness on the unique challenges faced by military members such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), reintegration, unemployment, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and issues concerning military children and families. In addition, her VISTA service supported efforts to end veteran homelessness in the New Orleans metro area. Frances is now an Army Career Employment Specialist for the Department of the Army assisting military members of the Army Reserves in their quest for full-time employment.