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  • Best for Vets: Employers 2017

    Type of content: News

    Benny Kinsey retired from the Army in 2010 thinking his experience as a command sergeant major with two bachelor’s degrees and an MBA would make it easy to land a job in the civilian workforce. 

    It didn’t. 

    “My transition was absolutely horrible,” said Kinsey, 48, who struggled to get interviews – even to stock shelves at a grocery store. “It was to the point that I was having problems paying my bills.” 

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  • Gov. Ricketts Signs Major Veterans' Legislative Package

    Type of content: News

    Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB340e to merge the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) and the Division of Veterans’ Homes (DVH) from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The Governor launched this initiative with Senator John Murante of Gretna as a way to provider a higher level of service to Nebraska’s veterans by creating a one-stop shop to for all veterans served by the State of Nebraska.  This legislation was one of the Governor’s top priorities for the 2017 legislative session, and was passed with unanimous support from the Legislature.

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  • Veterans Administration, CVS Test Program to Reduce Wait Times

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS “MinuteClinics” to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    The new program, currently limited to the Phoenix area, comes three years after the VA faced allegations of chronically long wait times at its centers, including its Phoenix VA medical center, which treats about 120,000 veterans.

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  • Howard and Sheri Schultz Launch Veteran Support Network in Washington State

    Type of content: News

    The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University today announced the launch of WAServes, an innovative network that makes it easier for service members, veterans and their family members to find and access services they need. Supported by the Schultz Family Foundation, which was co-founded by Sheri Schultz and her husband Howard Schultz, the program will serve King, Snohomish, Island, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Lewis counties.

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  • What's in the VA secretary's 10-point plan to reform his department?

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — In appearances before veterans groups this week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin is outlining his 10-point plan for reforming department operations and offerings, with a heavy emphasis on VA medical improvements.

    The plan is separate from the 10-point VA plan President Trump unveiled on the campaign trail last summer, but includes some of the same themes of accountability and a more customer-service focus for department employees. 

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 1: The Good, The Not-So-Good and More

    Type of content: News

    What a remarkable journey.
    In just two years, our agile team learned so much through our work with nonprofit organizations, government leaders, funders, employers and researchers. It’s been a humbling but exciting journey as we continue to pursue transformation in the veteran services marketplace. Thank you to everyone who joined us on our mission to best serve those who serve veterans and military families.
     
    The Good
    Our nation is fortunate to have millions of people working to support veterans and military families. Through thousands of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, philanthropic foundations, businesses and research institutions, millions of Americans make it their mission to serve this remarkable community, fund their support, study their needs or employ them. While some complain about so-called market saturation, imagine if we only had 300 nonprofit organizations focused on the needs of military families and veterans instead of thousands? Where would they go when they really needed help?

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 2: What's Next?

    Type of content: News

    With all this knowledge in hand from our early work, what’s next?
    At NAVSO, we’re squarely focused on improving the lives of veterans and military families by transforming the veteran services marketplace. For our nonprofit members, we’re continually improving our existing tools and adding new resources to help them work more effectively and efficiently in meeting their client’s needs and in running their organizations well. Similarly, we’re working with existing and prospective funders who want to get more out of their grantmaking. We find many of these organizations actively seek additional insights outside the grantmaking cycle and we’re honored to serve as that sounding board for many of them. In one specific example, we’re sitting on a gold mine of information relating to veteran employment and we’ll be working with businesses (and nonprofits) to improve veteran employment outcomes across the country.

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  • NAVSO 2-Year Anniversary Part 3: Meet our Amazing Team

    Type of content: News

    Since day 1, NAVSO has never been about one person. Sure, as the CEO, I get most of the coverage online and have the most opportunities to speak at summits or conferences. But as my LinkedIn profile clearly states, I work for veterans and military families but serve at the pleasure of our board of directors. We’re an inclusive team focused on the clients served downstream (veterans and military families).
     
    Meet the newest members of our team...

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  • Police Partner With Veterans Resource Center To Help Homeless Vets

    Type of content: News

    SANTA CRUZ, CA — More homeless veterans sleep outside in Santa Cruz County than almost anywhere else in the country, a major issue that Santa Cruz police are working to address by partnering with the Veterans Resource Center. Police announced the new pilot project this morning, saying that the program intends to keep homeless veterans out of jail by diverting them to services and shelters.

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  • SHRM Foundation and NAVSO Launch Project to Support Hiring and Retention of Veterans

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    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The SHRM Foundation, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) launched the Integrating and Engaging Veterans in the Workforce project at a summit today.

    The event, held at SHRM's Alexandria, Va. headquarters and sponsored by United States Automobile Association (USAA), kicks off efforts to support veteran hiring and retention at national and local levels.

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