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1 Virginia Wounded Warrior Program & Virginia Veterans Corps Brandi Jancaitis Executive Director September 12,

2 Veterans In Virginia Veteran/Family QOL  Virginia has approximately 837,051 veterans  1 in every 10 citizens is a veteran, 1 in 5 in Hampton Roads  By 2015 Virginia is projected to have the 5 th largest veteran population in the nation  Virginia ranks seventh among the states in total veteran population and fourth in younger veterans (age 20 – 49)  Virginia has the second largest ratio of women veterans to total veterans, 16% (Nationally, females are 10% of the vet pop)  VDOE: nearly 230,000 children in Virginia have military ties; 75,000 school-age  Governor’s goal is to become the most military & veteran-friendly state 2

3 Virginia Wounded Warrior Program  In response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation’s veterans and service members, the Commonwealth of Virginia established the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) in  Operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. 3

4 Mission The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP), monitors and coordinates behavioral health, rehabilitative, and supportive services through an integrated, comprehensive, and responsive system of public and private partnerships. 4

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7 Who We Serve The statewide program serves Veterans of any service era, with any military discharge status, and their families.  Any Virginia Veteran in need of behavioral health support  Members of the Virginia National Guard not on active federal service  Virginia residents in the Armed Forces Reserves not on active federal service  Family members of these Veterans and service members 7

8 Addressing the Needs Addressing the Needs  Military Transition  Post combat  Post military  Invisible Wounds & Stress-related Injuries  Timely access to care & supportive services  Impact on the Family Unit  Education, support, and services 8

9 Service Provision Comprehensive Needs Assessment Care Coordination Mental/Behavioral Health Care Info & Referral Financial Assistance Employment Referral Family Services Mission: Healthy Relationships Mission: Healthy Families Family Support Specialists Virginia Military and Veterans Coordinating Committee Homeless Services Outreach & Linkage Prevention Rapid Re-housing Assistance Support Groups 24 Groups across State Combat Groups Peer Groups Family Groups Social Networking Criminal Justice & Re-Entry Capacity Building to Expand use of Veteran Dockets/Courts Re-Entry Councils Jail/Prison Visits Resource Connections for Incarcerated Outreach & Community Education Crisis Intervention Team Training Criminal Justice Training PTSD/TBI Training Suicide Intervention Training V3 Employer Training VAMC Mental Health Summits 9

10 VWWP Goal: A Well Coordinated System of Care and Support for Our Veterans and Their Families through Partnerships Behavioral Healthcare Behavioral Healthcare Financial Assistance Financial Assistance Housing Transportation Care Coordination Care Coordination Crisis intervention Crisis intervention Employment Vocational Rehab Vocational Rehab Outreach Education 10

11 Engaging Volunteers in Service to Military Service Members and Veterans 11

12 The Virginia Veterans Corps an AmeriCorps Program Through community outreach and service, VWWP Virginia Veterans Corps (VVC) has enhanced the work of VWWP, provided new skills and experiences to Navigators, strengthened local communities, and increased civic engagement through national/local service VWWP has benefited directly by having reached underserved veteran populations (rural, college students, unemployed, etc.); strengthened and added community partnerships; and increased opportunities to educate individuals and organizations about VWWP and the services we provide The VVC has operated successfully for 3 years and has been awarded a 3 year grant for Services in the next grant year will include (6) Navigators who will assist in serving the needs of veterans who need transitional and permanent supporting housing services in the Hampton Roads and Richmond/Petersburg areas 12

13 Virginia Veterans Corps Service Sites Armed Services YMCA – Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach) Community Service Boards (Hampton-Newport News; Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck; and Eastern Shore) Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (Norfolk, Oceana & Little Creek) Operation Homefront (Newport News) United Way of Greater Williamsburg (Williamsburg) Goodwill Industries New Service Sites for Service Year Lincoln Military Housing Old Dominion University USO of Hampton Roads and Central VA Regent University 13

14 Virginia Veterans Corps Since its inception the Virginia Veterans Corps has directly impacted the lives of individuals from the active duty and veteran community by directing them to resources to address the following needs: – Treatment for behavioral and physical health needs – Housing – Employment – Financial counseling and assistance – Registering veterans for military related benefits – Support group opportunities 14

15 Veterans Coffee Hour: a monthly program that presents veterans with information regarding community services which can improve their overall quality of life. Family Wellness Services: members are helping to implement programs such as Budget for Baby Classes, Restoration of Rights Clinic, Employment Services and Family Readiness Groups. CSB Eastern Shores Member: assisted with developing a van program to transport Veterans to the Hampton VAMC serving 20 to 40 veterans each month Member Recognition: April 2014 Member of the Month Fare Sloan 2012 Robert E. Wone awarded to VVC Service Member Rodney Walker 15 Virginia Veterans Corps Accomplishments

16 Virginia Veterans Corps Best Practices  Recruitment  Start early  Immediately process criminal background check paperwork  Training  Offer interesting monthly trainings that enhance service member’s skills  Member Engagement  Listen, support and recognize member’s accomplishments 16

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18 Brandi Jancaitis, MPH Executive Director, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Virginia Department of Veterans Services Work:


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