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1 Panhandle Warrior Connection PanhandleWarriorConnection.com Under Construction

2 Panhandle Warrior Connection CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Mission Statement To ensure that every citizen has the opportunity and skills necessary to engage in meaningful employment throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and that every business has access to educated, trained, and prepared employees that meet their needs.

3 Panhandle Warrior Connection The One Stop delivery system provides universal access to an integrated array of labor exchange services so that workers, job seekers and businesses can find the services they need in one stop and frequently under one roof in easy-to-find locations. What is the One-Stop Delivery System ?

4 Panhandle Warrior Connection PANHANDLE WARRIOR CONNECTION MISSION STATEMENT To ensure every Warrior throughout Florida’s 1 st Congressional District has greater access to benefits and housing; use of the G.I. Bill for education; and the opportunity and skills necessary to engage in meaningful employment.

5 Panhandle Warrior Connection The grant funding will not duplicate any existing Veteran programs, but enhance the Veteran outreach by connecting Warriors with services in the 1st Congressional District. The PWC Community Integration will link Warriors to community resources by networking with local agencies; educating the community as a whole about the needs of our Warriors; advocating for greater awareness in the community for Warriors and their families; and, creating solutions to gaps in care for Warriors.

6 Panhandle Warrior Connection Panhandle Warrior Connection (PWC) Logo Symbolism  Circular logo represents holistic approach; inner circle is Warrior made whole  Six stars represent the six counties served and also symbolize binding the community, our services, and the Warrior together  Oversized “W” puts emphasis on the Warrior

7 Panhandle Warrior Connection Implementation of PWC Program with existing CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Services The grant funding will not duplicate any existing Veteran programs, but enhance Veteran outreach by connecting Warriors with services in the 1 st Congressional district. To ensure that every citizen has the opportunity and skills necessary to engage in meaningful employment throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties, and that every business has access to educated, trained, and prepared employees that meet their needs. To ensure every Warrior throughout Florida’s 1 st Congressional District has greater access to benefits and housing; use of the G.I. Bill for education; and the opportunity and skills necessary to engage in meaningful employment.

8 Panhandle Warrior Connection Connect, Educate, Advocate, Collaborate Community Integration presented by Augusta Warrior Project in collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project® PWC Community Integration

9 Panhandle Warrior Connection Outreach services to Florida Panhandle Warriors will be conducted through multiple avenues including, but not limited to, enrolling eligible Warriors in education through the G.I. Bill; reducing Warrior unemployment in the designated communities; and developing a community analysis (i.e. mapping out) of the community to identify gaps in available services for Warriors.

10 Panhandle Warrior Connection Deliverables Make contact with minimum of 80% of Post 9/11 Warriors13,458 Achieve 50% usage of G.I. Bill for eligible Post 9/11 Warriors6,729 Of those identified Warriors utilizing the G.I. Bill, 90% will be on track to graduate from course work (Post 9/11 Warriors)6,056 Reduce Warrior homelessness by 70% for Warriors seeking housing in the designated communities295

11 Panhandle Warrior Connection. Reduce Warrior unemployment in the designated communities by three percentage points below the community average or below 6% ("fractional full employment") for those employable 538 Enroll 100% of eligible Warriors in Veterans Affairs, specifically eBenefits and healthcare 4,441 Enroll 100% of eligible Post 9/11 Warriors; service connected disability in Wounded Warrior Project Alumni & Warrior Care Caregiver Support 4,441 Develop a community analysis (i.e. mapping out) of community mental & behavioral health services and physical health services to identify gaps in availability or services4,441 Deliverables Cont’d

12 Panhandle Warrior Connection THE FOUR STEP PLAN CONNECT Find and Link Warriors to the PWC network of resources EDUCATE Inform Warriors of services and opportunities available to them ADVOCATE Ensure Warriors receive the support they earned COLLABORATE Work with partners on all levels to facilitate total warrior care

13 Panhandle Warrior Connection CONNECT Veterans in finding meaningful work Employers to develop jobs and job training Outreach to local Veteran Service Organizations to promote the employment and welfare of veterans Panhandle Warrior Connection… Serves Military,Veterans and their families

14 Panhandle Warrior Connection Warriors and their families on VA Benefits Direct Warriors to Educational Institutions to use G.I. Bill The Local, State communities of the importance of serving Veterans EDUCATE

15 Panhandle Warrior Connection Ensure Active Duty Military, Veterans and their families receive the support they need. Link Warriors to the VA and Wounded Warrior and ensure inquiries are resolved. A DVOCATE

16 Panhandle Warrior Connection Partner with community partners and resources on all levels to facilitate total warrior care. Example: School systems, Childcare, Colleges, Recreational facilities. COLLABORATE

17 Panhandle Warrior Connection NATIONAL PARTNERS 1 St Congressional District Leadership, Congressman Jeff Miller Wounded Warrior Project Augusta Warrior Project Gulf Coast Healthcare System (VA Hospital) Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD/VASH) Department of Defense Eglin Air Force Base Hurlburt Air Force Base Naval Air Station Company B 146 th Signal BDN Duke Field Florida National Guard (Chipley) Florida National Guard (Santa Rosa) 7 th Special Forces Group

18 Panhandle Warrior Connection STATE PARTNERS Florida Department of Economic Opportunity VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Department of Children and Families State Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Department of Education University of West Florida Northwest Florida State College Over 60 Local Community Service Organizations

19 Panhandle Warrior Connection Contact US Walton County 842 Highway 20 E Freeport Phone: Advocate : Wade Wilmoth Ft. Walton Beach 409 NE Racetrack Rd. Ft. Walton Beach Phone: Advocate: Jerry Goodman Crestview 212 N. Wilson St. · Crestview Phone: Fax: Advocate: Eddie Carrasquillo Mobile One-Stop Advocate Operator: Randy Hunter


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