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Veterans and Military Families

Serving those who served us, as well as engaging the talents of our veterans and military families is a strategic priority for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Across the country, we regularly commit millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to this mission. 

CNCS prioritizes investments in organizations that provide serves in the following interest areas:

  • Services and Support to Military Families: Promote community-based efforts to meet the unique needs of military families while a family member is deployed and upon that family member’s return home.
  • Volunteer Opportunities for Veterans: Recruit Veterans, particularly returning Veterans, into service opportunities, including opportunities that utilize their military experience.
  • Education and Certifications: Assist Veterans in developing their educational opportunities (including opportunities for professional certification, licensure, or credentials), coordinating activities with and assisting state and local agencies administering Veterans’ education benefits.
  • Employment: Coordinate activities with and assist entities administering Veterans’ programs with internships and fellowships that could lead to employment in the private and public sectors.
  • Access to Benefits: Promote efforts within a community to serve the needs of Veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including helping Veterans file benefits claims, and assisting federal agencies in providing services to Veterans.
  • Military Children: Provide mentoring to military children, and assist Veterans to develop mentoring relationships with economically disadvantaged students.
  • Wounded Warriors: Develop projects to assist Veterans with disabilities, unemployed Veterans, older Veterans, and Veterans in rural communities, including assisting them with transportation.
  • Wellness and Other Support Services: Assist Veterans and their family members through establishing or augmenting programs that assist them with access to legal assistance, health care (including mental health care), employment counseling or training, education counseling or training, affordable housing, and other support services.
Through our efforts AmeriCorps funded more than 1.2 million volunteer hours in support of veterans and military families. CNCS has awarded national service grants to hundreds of organizations in more than 400 communities across the country to serve the veteran 
and military family community.
 

Examples of Our Impact

  • Recruited more than 27,000 veterans to serve as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members across 200 American communities helping other veterans and military families access benefits and services; obtain job training and conduct job searches; provide safe and affordable housing; and mentor and tutor children of service members. 
  • More than 500 Senior Corps projects and 8,000 Senior Corps volunteers serve at Veterans Affairs facilities each year.
  • AmeriCorps NCCC provided service to over 76,000 veterans through more than 101,000 hours of project service contributing to energy conservation, environmental stewardship and conservation, urban and rural development, infrastructure improvement, and responding to natural and other disasters. 
As a part of our Strategic Plan, CNCS has committed to increasing its focus and efforts for our veterans and military families. In addition, we are increasing our investment and partnerships with other federal, state, local, and nonprofits from coast to coast.
 
Wounded warriors, veterans, or military spouses can learn more about benefits of national service at our Serve Your Community pages. Nonprofit or state entities can learn more about our competitive grants in our Build Your Capacity section. And, if you are looking for community service opportunities to help veterans and military families in your neighborhood, please visit Serve.gov.
 

Research and Reports

Report on Veterans and Military Families and the Corporation for National and Community Service (2015)

Announcements

AmeriCorps Funding Workshop for Organizations Serving Veterans and Military Families

Additional Resources

Veterans and Military Families Updates

GovDelivery Email

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jul 5, 2016
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