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  • Making Military Veterans a Solution to Workforce Struggles

    Type of content: News

    At the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, the estimator from Portsmouth, Va., rubbed elbows with Richard Petty. He met 2016 Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year Chase Elliott. And, he rode in a pace car for two laps prior to the AAA Texas 500, as it ripped around the track at nearly 100 mph. 

    The U.S. Naval veteran, who grew up around rabid racing fans, was elated that day, as he was one of 10 veterans currently working in the collision repair industry to be honored by 3M’s automotive aftermarket division. 

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  • Research: You Should Attend Transition Assistance More than Once

    Type of content: News

    According to research, post 9-11 veterans that attended government-sponsored TAP programs more than once are 57% more likely to indicate that the program was ‘extremely’ or ‘very helpful’ compared to those who attended only once.

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  • The Best Employers For Veterans

    Type of content: News

    Coming out of a life in the military, many former soldiers turn their attention to how they’ll support themselves and their families in the private sector. It’s an exciting and sometimes stressful prospect.

    Making the transition to civilian life and work comes with several factors worthy of consideration: to what extent does military service matter to a prospective employer? Is there a culture of veteran hiring, or a military workforce within the organization? What kind of pay does military experience bring in?

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  • There's a Plan in Congress to Start Charging Troops For Their GI Bill Benefits

    Type of content: News

    WASHINGTON — A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups on Tuesday, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans. 

    “This new tax on troops is absurd,” said Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy in a statement. “Ensuring veterans are able to successfully transition back to civilian life after military service is a cost of war, and not a fee that Congress can just pass along to our troops.

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    Benefits
    Education
    Financial Assistance
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  • The 5 Best Financing Options for Veterans

    Type of content: News

    When you ask successful entrepreneurs what it takes to run a successful business, they'll usually answer with a personal character trait, not a specific skill.

    Tenacity. Determination. Passion. Adaptability. A willingness to take calculated risks.

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    Financial Assistance
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  • Veterans Affairs budget is in line to grow by 6 percent

    Type of content: News

    The Department of Veterans Affairs, the second-largest federal agency with 313,000 civilian employees and a far-flung hospital system, is one of the few corners of the government that would see its budget grow in the next fiscal year — by 6 percent.

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    Benefits
    Homelessness
    Mental Health
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    VA
  • Facilitating Reentry: A Look at a Campus Give to Support Female Veterans

    Type of content: News

    The Walmart Foundation's $500,000 grant to Boston University to launch the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN), represents a confluence of two timely trends across the modern philanthropy space. First, the robust efforts from corporate funders to reintegrate veterans into society, and two, the emergence of the college campus as the epicenter for such efforts.

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    Family
    Mental Health
    Peer Support
    Physical Well-Being
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  • How can the White House better focus on veterans needs?

    Type of content: News

    More than 21 million of our fellow citizens now carry the title of “veteran.” Since 2001, almost 3 million of those veterans have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, and more than a million have deployed more than once.

    Most of them will transition smoothly into civilian life. Yet too many veterans and military families face challenges finding meaningful employment, earning a college degree, securing housing, and receiving treatment for physical and mental health problems.

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    Caregivers
    Family
    Mental Health
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    VA
  • 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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    Collaboration
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    Employment
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    Physical Well-Being
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    VA
  • 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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    Collaboration
    DoD
    Employment
    Homelessness
    Mental Health
    Physical Well-Being
    Transition
    VA

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