Serving and engaging the talents of veterans and military families is a priority of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). We commit millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to programs across the country that support this mission.
CNCS prioritizes investments in organizations that provide:
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 those who are transitioning from military to civilian life, into service opportunities, including those that utilize military experience.
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The Corporation for National and Community Service joins the Department of Veterans Affairs and the federal family during the commemoration of National Veterans and Military Families Month and Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 11 – a fitting tribute as we enter this season of thanks.
AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serve to support:
Assist veterans in developing their educational opportunities (including professional certification, licensure, and/or credentials), coordinating activities with and assisting state and local agencies administering veterans’ education benefits.
Coordinate activities with and assist entities administering veterans’ programs with internships and fellowships that can lead to employment in the private and pulic sectors.
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.
Provide mentoring to military children, and assist veterans to develop mentoring relationships with economically disadvantaged students.
Develop projects to assist veterans with disabilities, unemployed veterans, elderly veterans, and veterans in rural communities.
Wellness and 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.
AmeriCorps and Senior Corps engage more than 23,5000 veterans in service and assist 750,000 veterans and military families each year.
Number of veterans serving in Senior Corps: 21,446
Number of veterans served by Senior Corps: 327,516
- Recruited more than 23,500 veterans to serve as AmeriCorps and Senior Corpsmembers, 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 100 Senior Corps projects and 1,900 Senior Corps volunteers serve at Veterans Affairs facilities each year.
- AmeriCorps NCCC provided service to over 84,000 veterans, contributing to energy conservation, environmental stewardship and conservation, urban and rural development, infrastructure improvement, and responding to natural and other disasters.
Veterans and Military Families Updates
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, check out our new Find Volunteer Opportunities app.