• Successful Transition Requires Community Support, Veterans Group CEO Says0

    Citing research showing that one-third of newly separated service members opt to remain in the last community where they served, Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last month that transitioning personnel need strong community support to be successful. “With the collective leadership of communities throughout the nation, I know that we can have a strong and vital national veteran network that not only strengthens its communities, but can also improve our military for tomorrow …

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  • Louisville Initiative Adopts Comprehensive Approach to Assist Transitioning Veterans0

    A regional initiative spearheaded by a consortium of businesses, veterans advocacy groups, local governments and chambers of commerce in Greater Louisville is aiming to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs by 2017. The Where Opportunity Knox campaign is intended to market job opportunities and deliver schools, housing and other quality-of-life assets to transitioning soldiers and their families in north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana, reported Military Times. The effort benefits from its close proximity to Fort Knox, where the Army’s Transition Assistance Program is headquartered, but its services are not limited to soldiers who were stationed at the post …

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  • Service Providers Strive to End Veteran Homelessness in Chattanooga0

    Nearly a dozen social service agencies supporting the Chattanooga, Tenn., region met last week to coordinate their efforts to end veteran homelessness by next year. Chattanooga is among 75 cities striving to end homelessness among veterans as part of the Zero: 2016 initiative. “We’re going to get veterans housed,” said Donna Maddox, director of Joe Johnson Mental Health Center, reported the Times Free Press. Chattanooga has 80 homeless veterans according to the most recent annual point-in-time count. The city has housed 37 veterans in the past six months …

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  • ‘Greater Collective Purpose’ Needed to Leverage Contributions of Veterans Groups, Report Says0

    A new study points to a “lack of collaboration, coordination and collective purpose” among public, private, and nonprofit organizations serving veterans and military families as a significant factor in the nation’s failure to ensure veterans receive needed medical, social and financial assistance. “Notwithstanding the combined goodwill and determination across all sectors of our economy, collective efforts remain largely fragmented in addressing veteran and military family challenges,” states the report from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Researchers found that nearly 45,000 nongovernmental, nonprofit groups nationwide focus on veterans and military issues, with many “largely going it alone in their efforts” to provide services …

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  • New Group Intends to Serve as Forum for Existing Veterans Providers0

    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, 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 …

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  • Persistence Needed in Battle against Veteran Homelessness0

    The federal government has made significant strides in tackling veteran homelessness, but reaching President Obama’s goal of completely eradicating the problem is still years away, according to testimony last week by veterans service providers. Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.),chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, questioned the rationale for having more than 20 programs designed to take homeless veterans off the streets and provide them with housing, health care and employment assistance, reported Stars and Stripes. The programs are not duplicative in many cases since homeless veterans have diverse needs, said Baylee Crone, executive director for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans …

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