Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.
The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Are unemployed on the date of application
- Received an other than dishonorable discharge
- Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
- Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
For more information regarding application, visit: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
"A Step Forward" with Carol Freeman Interviewing Donnie McGuire, VOTM Founder
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National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Facts & Media
The Los Angeles County Superior Court system has established a Veterans Court to handle certain cases involving military veterans. For more information visit the KABC7 link.
Homeless Veteran Arrested For Collecting Bottles
Los Angeles Police arrest homeless veteran for collecting bottles from trash receptacle. Read full story by visiting Veterans Today
Casting Call – Stand By Them. Help a Veteran In Crisis.
Can you help a fellow Vet?
The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to reach Veterans and their families who may be in emotional distress or a suicidal crisis so we can encourage them to seek the support they need. We know Veterans listen to fellow Vets. That’s why we’re asking Veterans who have called the Veterans Crisis Line (formerly the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline) or used VA or other mental health services to share their stories in writing, video, or photographs.
Your personal story can serve as the catalyst for a Veteran, or a Veteran’s concerned family member or friend, to make that crucial call for help—and potentially save a life.
We’re looking for Veterans—and their spouses and family members—of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and service eras to share their stories. We are particularly hoping to include Native American, Latino, and Asian American Veterans whose experiences will resonate most strongly with Veterans of similar backgrounds. These testimonials and photographs will encourage Veterans in crisis to get the help they have earned. If you or anyone you know would be willing to share their story or participate in a photo shoot and allow their image to be incorporated into our campaign, please send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction stating your name, location, age, gender, ethnicity, service era, and how you would like to contribute.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Know A Veteran In Need Of Assistance?
Vets On The Move Foundation Founder and President, Donnie McGuire is greeted by the City of Carson Honorable Mayor Jim Dear at the Non-Profit Organizations Reception held at the Home Depot Center. After the reception the Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in the Major League Soccer (MLS) match. Also shown in photograph is Minister Frank Stokes.
Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Nationwide Public Awareness
Media Campaign To End Veteran Homeless By 2015
Seeks involvement of community partners
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will launch a nationwide media and awareness plan, directly supporting Secretary Shinseki’s intent to eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in 28 select U.S. cities and rural communities. A coordinated federal, state and local community effort is key to the launch as well as continuing efforts to dramatically increase awareness of supportive services available to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness and their families. As a result, a critical component of this outreach strategy involves leveraging VA’s relationship with community partners to engage or re-engage veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with VA services through increased awareness and outreach.
Through those valued partnerships, VA will recruit those who routinely encounter homeless veterans and at-risk veterans to serve as the initiative’s messengers while also developing locations where homeless and at-risk veterans congregate as direct communication channels. For homeless veterans, this includes locations such as: Veteran Service-, Non-Government- and Faith-Based-Organizations; soup kitchens; homeless shelters; libraries; and emergency rooms. Among those singled out for message delivery will be local community program and service providers along with first responders. In support of this strategy, VA will work collaboratively with communities to direct these outreach partners and veterans to three primary channels for help: 1) the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838), 2) VA’s Homeless Veterans website at www.va.gov/homeless, and 3) local VA medical centers.
Targeted outreach will occur at the 28 locations (21 urban and seven rural) listed below. These sites were identified by U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report, and by VA staff as key areas for increasing awareness.
Atlanta, GA Harrisburg, PA New York, NY
Boston, MA Houston, TX Phoenix, AZ
Chicago, IL Las Vegas, NV San Diego, CA
Cleveland, OH Los Angeles, CA San Francisco, CA
Dallas, TX Memphis, TN Seattle, WA
Denver, CO Miami, FL St. Louis, MO
Detroit, MI New Orleans, LA Washington, D.C.
Ft. Harrison, MT
Sioux Falls, SD
In addition to targeted outreach, VA’s ongoing outreach will consist of meetings with community stakeholders throughout the year. VA will continue street outreach in areas frequented by homeless veterans and will air Public Service Announcements (PSAs) throughout the year on radio and TV. VA aims to further its efforts through continued outreach across the United States, including rural outreach and solidifying relationships with community partners.
The second phase of the initiative involves the development and distribution of PSAs to 3,000 radio stations, 1,200 broadcast TV stations, and 500 cable outlets. In addition, a paid media strategy will be undertaken to purchase outdoor and print advertising in areas with the highest concentration of veterans who are homeless. Outdoor advertising (posters, bus wraps, billboards, bus wraps, and taxi shelters) will be primarily used as they are likely the strongest vehicles for reaching veterans who are homeless, since many do not have access to other forms of advertising. To reach first responders, mental health providers, and social workers who have direct contact with struggling or homeless veterans, targeted ads will be developed for these audiences and placed in niche magazines, newspapers and other periodicals.
Compensation Available for Vietnam Veterans
Benefits for those suffering from one of 16 ailments
Nearly 2.6 million Americans who served in Vietnam are eligible for compensation if they suffer from one of 16 ailments. Some are fairly common, like Type II diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and prostate cancer. The Agent Orange law, passed in 1991, states that a military person who was in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, and has been diagnosed with one of the named conditions qualifies for disability benefits. These payments can range up to $2,673 a month for 100 percent disability. There is no need for proof of actual exposure to Agent Orange or other poisons. For more information, visit VA's Agent Orange webpage
, or contact your local or state office of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Media And News Releases
Volunteers from Vets On The Move participated with hundreds of other agencies and organizations in the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 2011 Homeless Count, in support of the initiative to end homelessness in Los Angeles County Service Planning Area Six (SPA6).