Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
This grant will be a competitive Vet Corps grant, which will deploy 50 Vet Corps members (veterans and spouses) across the state of Washington, program starting September 1st, 2012 until June 30th, 2013. The program will continue to serve veterans, Active Duty members, and families of both. Under the auspices and continued support of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs the Vet Corps program has provided thousands of veterans and family members relevant services and referrals over the last three years. In following with that tradition, this proposal would expand both the scope of services and the number of veterans and Active Duty members served next year.
The Vet Corps members will make a positive contribution in their communities, improve the quality of their own lives as civilians, and be an asset to their fellow veterans. They will serve as college veteran navigators, at the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and in the community as transition and employment assistance specialists. All of these Vet Corps members will assist other veterans with transition compatibility, either from the military to Higher Education or other training, to employment, to entrepreneurship, or to an avocation if their disability does not allow for employment. We look towards a minimum of 80% of all veterans or Active Duty members and spouses who receive Vet Corps services being helped with transition into education, training, employment, or avocation through this project. In addition we have leveraged thousands of hours of volunteer work from veterans and family members in past years, and look towards an increase in this metric as well.