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STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IN GEORGIA Clare S. Richie DeClare Consulting LLC February 24, 2013.

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1 STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS FOR VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS IN GEORGIA Clare S. Richie DeClare Consulting LLC February 24, 2013

2 Who is a Veteran? No standardized legal definition of a U.S. "military veteran” Each veteran benefit includes eligibility requirements for that particular benefit For this study – a veteran is defined as a person no longer in active service

3 Veterans in Georgia Estimated 776,000 veterans in Georgia One-seventh served in Iraq/Afghanistan These “new veterans” differ from previous veterans: Older career service-members who have families Multiple deployments with less down-time More women More blast injuries and less fatalities

4 Veterans in Metro Atlanta

5 Project Purpose In the areas of education, employment and health: Identify state and federal funds for veterans and their dependents in Georgia Highlight veterans initiatives in Georgia

6 Overall Data Findings All veterans benefits must be applied for – not automatic Multiple federal and state agencies involved Many ways for federal and state funds to reach veterans Limited services for dependents A number of federal grants that Georgia is not receiving Georgia has two state-only funded programs

7 Education Data Findings 12 programs from 4 agencies (VA, DOD, DOE, DOL)

8 VA Education Beneficiaries in GA Education ProgramBeneficiaries FFY 2012 Post-9/11 GI Bill23,931 Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty4,568 Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve2,603 Dependent’s Educational Assistance3,842 Reserve Educational Asst. Program420 Veterans Retraining Assistance Program897 Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educ Asst. Program2 TOTAL36,263

9 Non-VA Education Programs Troops to Teachers (DOD) Veterans Upward Bound (DOE)

10 Employment Data Findings 13 programs from five federal agencies (VA, DOL, SBA, OPM, DOJ) Grants to state agencies, state/local WIBs, municipalities or nonprofits Focus on veterans with barriers to employment (disabled, educationally disadvantaged, homeless, unemployed) Services include vocational rehabilitation, outreach, assessments, job search, job training, and entrepreneurship. Georgia opportunity to access more federal employment grants (e.g., DOL Veteran’s Employment Program, Transition Assistance Program, Disability Employment Initiative, and Green Jobs Innovation Grant)

11 Health Data Findings Program Group# of Programs Federal Agencies Services Health Care Services 15VA, HHS, CNCSPhysical & mental health, advocacy, jail diversion Long-Term Care5VACommunity Living Centers, Nursing Homes, and Home & Community Based Care Dependent Care3VAReimbursement for most medical expenses and services for veteran caregivers

12 Georgia FY 2012 Health Data Numbers ServedService Received 171,715 veteransOutpatient care 75,481 veteransProsthetics and Sensory Aids Service 7,542 veteransLong-term care (at home or in community) 740 veteransCommunity Nursing Home 560 veteransState Nursing Home 319 caregiversMonthly stipend, health care insurance, mental health services, training and respite care

13 Georgia State Agencies 14 publicly funded programs in 8 state agencies (GDVS, GDOL, GOWD, GDDS, GSFC, TCSG, DBHDD, Judicial Council of Georgia) Primarily funded by federal funds Two programs funded entirely by state funds Hero Scholarships GDVS 49 field offices Many agencies involved in exciting veteran initiatives

14 Returning Veterans Task Force Created by state law effective July 1, 2013 to investigate state services provided to veterans returned within the most recent 3 years” Members include state agencies that serve veterans (e.g., GDVS, DOL, DBHDD, etc.) Meet at least quarterly - open to the public Provide recommendations to Georgia policymakers each November 1

15 Education Initiatives Gwinnett Technical College – Office of Veterans Affairs Public/Private funding Dedicated staff and office space Serves veterans, spouses and dependents D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Veterans Scholarship Fund Emergency Assistance for eligible veterans, spouses, dependents Award amount vary based on need

16 Employment Initiatives Employment Initiative for Unemployment Compensation for ex-Military (UCX) Claimants Ga DOL & Governor’s Office of Workforce Development $750,000 federal funds for 2 years (ends June 30, 2014) Efforts include Operation Workforce online portal, “Hire a Georgia Veteran” pledge, and Troops to Truckers. Veterans Licensure Bill – Troops to Trade

17 Mental & Behavioral Health Initiatives Mental Health Summits OEF/OIF Veterans State Action Plan Veteran Treatment Courts Medicaid Expansion

18 Opportunities Collaborate Returning Veteran Task Force Local VA medical centers, GDVS field offices, DOL career centers UCX Initiative, contact Steve Jennings Mental Health gap analysis in metro Atlanta Mr. Von Wrighten with DBHDD Advocate Veteran Treatment Court Legislation Medicaid Expansion Reference & Refer Detailed data tables identify programs in Georgia Clients may benefit from initiatives – like Gwinnett Tech Office of Veterans Affairs

19 Questions? Clare S. Richie DeClare Consulting LLC


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