It is with regret that we announce that the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has come to an end. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donor, the Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund and the California Community Foundation for recognizing the needs of military, veterans, families and survivors. The CIAV served as a clearinghouse for over 50 agencies working in areas as diverse as the impact of deployment on small children, direct emergency financial aid, state-of-the-art PTSD and TBI treatment, and access to education, employment, housing and earned benefits. Groups also continue to deliver indispensible peer support for trauma survivors and families whose loved ones will never return.

We wish to acknowledge the members of the CIAV and all the individuals and organizations who have come together during this critical time to ensure that the needs of those directly impacted by the wars receive the support they have earned. We understand that no one entity or agency cannot and should not do all that is needed to support our military and veteran community. It requires the commitment of government at all levels, national and community-based non-profit service agencies, the private sector and our individual communities to serve those who have served.

By working together with our CIAV partners and others, we have better used our areas of expertise to recognize and respond to the men and women returning from deployment. But there is much work to be done. Even though the Coalition is coming to a close, the services for veterans and dedication to supporting veterans and their families will continue. We have forged strong relationships and learned so much from working together.

For more information on agencies whose tremendous work touches the lives of those impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for reports developed by our partners and staff, click here.

Sincerely,
Amy Fairweather, JD
Director


House Panel Votes to Fix GI Bill Payment Rules

A House panel has passed a plan to improve the accuracy of Post-9/11 GI Bill payments to schools, after modifying the bill in response to concerns from veterans groups about unintended consequences — including the possibility that a student could be barred from attending school while payments are being calculated.

The bill, HR 2301, is an attempt to cut down on situations in which a student ends up owing money to the Veterans Affairs Department because of an overpayment.

As passed Thursday by the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s economic opportunity panel, the bill READ MORE »

VA Launches Childcare Pilot

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the launch of free, drop-in childcare service centers at three VA medical centers to an audience of more than 700 participants attending the Fifth National Summit on Women Veterans’ Issues July 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

“We know that many Veterans, particularly women Veterans, are the primary care takers of young children,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We want these Veterans to have the opportunity to access the high-quality health care that VA offers, and we believe that these childcare centers will make it easier for Veteran caregivers to visit VA.” READ MORE »

Veteran Access to Housing Summit

Historic event on July 27 in San Antonio

The Home Depot Foundation and National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs, are conducting a historic “Veteran Access to Housing Summit” in San Antonio on July 27. This intense full-day strategic work session is designed to explore and identify opportunities, and challenges, to increase permanent housing opportunities for low-income and formerly homeless veterans graduating from assistance programs.

As part of its Plan to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015, the VA has estimated there is a critical need READ MORE »

Warrior Gateway Blog On Craigconnects

In today’s world, we use high tech solutions and the power of other people’s opinions, insights and experiences to make decisions. The same way we look to Yelp to help us find where to go to dinner, Rotten Tomatoes to help us decide what movie to see or Trip Advisor on where to vacation and what hotel to stay in. And yet our veterans don’t have access to those same tools when deciding on where to go for healthcare, job opportunities, family assistance or education and training?

After returning home from active duty, our servicemen and women often face a new battle at home. And while the treatments for their injuries are sometimes READ MORE »

OPPORTUNITIES GROW FOR VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES

By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore SunJuly 3, 2011

Wading through swamps and running up mountains taught Patrick McCormack more than how to survive punishing conditions without much food or sleep. His grueling Army Ranger training, along with several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, taught the Ellicott City native important business lessons as well.

“It takes a lot of discipline to run your own company,” said McCormack, 29, who owns custom drum maker MapleWorks Drum Co. in Millersville. “You don’t make it through [Ranger] school unless you have the drive and READ MORE »

OPERATION HOMEFRONT LAUNCHES THE “ARMY HOMEFRONT FUND” TO FOCUS ON CARE AND TRANSITION OF WOUNDED SOLDIERS

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 –

Also announced formalized linkages with 10 other nonprofits “joining forces” to support the military.

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Operation Homefront (OH) and the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) today announced the creation of the Army Homefront Fund. A Memorandum of Understanding between OH and the WTC recognizes the new READ MORE »

LAWMAKER: FIND 400K JOBS FOR VETS IN TWO YEARS

The chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee announced an ambitious goal Wednesday of finding jobs for 400,000 veterans within two years, a move that would reduce the unemployment rate for veterans of all generations from 7.7 percent today to about 4.5 percent.

To do this, Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said he doesn’t want to create new programs or spend additional money. Instead, he wants to concentrate on making sure existing public and private programs are working efficiently.

“Good jobs are out there. We just need to retool our programs so veterans can compete for them,” Miller said. READ MORE »

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