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  • 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
    Transition
    Women Veterans
  • 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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    Transition
    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
    DoD
    Employment
    Homelessness
    Mental Health
    Physical Well-Being
    Transition
    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
  • 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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    Collaboration
    Employment
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  • After combat, veterans need help getting back to ‘normal’

    Type of content: News

    Public understanding of the needs of military veterans has focused largely post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, suicide rates, and poor conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    But the great majority of the veterans of post-9/11 wars need social services that will help them transition back to civilian life.

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    VA
  • Volunteering Can Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

    Type of content: News

    A new study shows that veterans could better transition to civilian life by volunteering with civic service programs in their communities.

    “When veterans complete their military service, they go through a transition like all of us when we change jobs, move to a new town or retire. It is a transition that takes focus, deep reflection, and new information to discover the next challenge they will pursue along their journey in life,” said Monica Matthieu, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and assistant professor of social work at Saint Louis University.

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    Mental Health
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    Volunteer Service
  • 5 Ways To Boost Veteran Enrollment At Top Colleges

    Type of content: News

    A lot of veterans sell themselves short when applying to college. It’s time to change that.
     

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    Education
    Transition
  • New in 2017: Huge changes ahead for military retirement

    Type of content: News

    The year ahead will prompt many of today’s 1.3 million active-duty service members to make a big decision about their retirement benefits: whether to preserve their place in the traditional military pension system or opt into a new "blended" benefits package. 

    Troops can start doing their research this year, but those who are eligible to make a choice have a full year before they can opt in to the new plan. That window will last from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. Everyone who joins the military on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will be automatically enrolled in the new plan. 

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    Benefits
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  • DoD issues new guidance for veterans seeking discharge upgrades, military record corrections

    Type of content: News

    The Defense Department announced Friday a renewed effort to ensure veterans know how to request a review of their service records. 

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    Mental Health
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    VA

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