New Group Intends to Serve as Forum for Existing Veterans Providers

A new membership organization intended to serve as a resource for existing veterans groups through information-sharing and increased collaboration formally launched last month.

According to the executive director of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO), Chris Ford, the group will serve four primary missions — connecting many of the nation’s 40,000-plus veterans groups, promoting collaboration, enhancing coordination among service providers to eliminate overlap and maximizing the collective impact of the organizations.

NAVSO will “have a unique perch to look across the entire country” at who is succeeding and who is failing on different fronts, Ford told the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Ford retired from the Air Force last year as lieutenant colonel after working for warrior and family support in the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. While helping communities improve assistance for military families, he saw firsthand the need to help organizations learn from each other and coordinate their efforts.

“Our dream is about connecting the full spectrum of providers,” Ford said. “From the husband and wife helping 10 vets a year from their garage to massive organizations helping thousands of veterans a year in multiple cities,” he said.

The need for a coalition to coordinate veterans-focused groups has been broached in the past, and several veterans resource portals previously have failed to catch on, according to the story.

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