National Veteran Corps
In 2009, the Serve America Act established six priority areas for CNCS and its programs, including increasing engagement of veterans and service to veterans and military families. Since that time, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have engaged and served tens of thousands of veterans and military families. Building on the success of these efforts, and looking to further highlight our support for the military community, CNCS CEO Wendy Spencer set out to establish a consolidated National Veteran Corps and created special pins for veterans serving in national service programs and for AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers who serve veterans and military families.
On Veterans Day 2015, we will honor and recognize AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers who are military veterans and those who are serving veterans and the veteran community by presenting them with a specially designed National Veteran Corps pin. The pins will play a central role in ceremonies that celebrate the service of and to veterans across all CNCS programs.
AmeriCorps and Senior Corps grantees around the country will host or participate in ceremonies to present the commemorative pins to honor veterans and those serving veterans and their families for their continued service in the community. The events should raise awareness of the contributions of the National Veteran Corps members, whether through standalone ceremonies or as part of other community celebrations.
State Offices and State Commissions are encouraged to promote this ceremony to programs in their states that serve and engage veterans, encourage grantees to order pins and plan an event, support local grantees engagement efforts, and attend events in their local community.
The Office of External Affairs has prepared a toolkit to help you plan an excellent event.
National Veteran Corps Pins
The National Veteran Corps pin honors veterans who continue to serve in their communities after leaving the military as well as volunteers and members who serve with organizations dedicated to providing services and support for veterans and their families.
There are four different National Veteran Corps pins available: two for AmeriCorps members and two for Senior Corps volunteers. Veterans serving in national service programs will receive a pin that reads Veteran. Organizations that provide services and support for veterans and their families will be awarded pins that will read Serving Veterans. The pins will be the centerpiece of the Veteran Corps pin ceremony, and will be awarded to:
- Veterans currently serving as AmeriCorps members.
- Veterans currently serving as Senior Corps volunteers
- AmeriCorps members in programs that serve veterans or veteran communities
- Senior Corps volunteers in programs that serve veterans or veteran communities
Please note: Organizations are only authorized to order one pin per veteran or person serving the veteran community. We will review each order for compliance.