Teaming Up to Serve Veterans and Military Families

A Resource for State Service Commissions

Americans serve in the Armed Forces to serve their country and to fight for freedoms and liberties that all Americans enjoy. As an AmeriCorps member, you work directly with the community. You have a direct influence on the lives of those you serve. In my experience, I’ve learned that it takes good people to make the communities we live in worth living in. I’ve fought the good fight for my country by serving in the Marine Corps. Now I’m fighting the good fight to give young people the motivation they need to excel in this world.”—Jeff Philakham, AmeriCorps Member

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS or the Corporation) has placed a high priority on utilizing service to meet the needs of veterans and military families. We also seek to engage veterans themselves in service to others. This goal has taken on added importance with President Barack Obama’s United We Serve initiative and with the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.

AmeriCorps is uniquely situated to work with and for our nation’s current and former servicemen, servicewomen and their families. This toolkit is designed to help State Commissions tap into the time, talents, and energies of veterans and to partner with organizations that serve veterans and military families. In the toolkit, you’ll find the following information and materials:

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