The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is promoting this summer as a “Summer of Service” to help veterans in the local community. The summer initiative seeks to build upon the VA’s momentum to improve service to veterans, both at the department and local levels.
To kick off the summer, VA facilities across the U.S. will hold open houses during the week of June 28 to increase local engagement and bring together community leaders interested in veterans’ affairs. During the open houses, the VA will introduce the goals of the initiative, which they seek to achieve by Labor Day (September 7).
- Increase the number of volunteers to at least 100,000 nationwide to support care and benefits programs for veterans.
- Increase the number of community partners with agreements to provide services and support to a larger number of veterans.
- Recruit more clinicians and clinical support staff at VA care centers to further expand access to care at local VA centers.
- Host Congressional Members and Staffs at VA facilities across the country to increase awareness of veteran needs.
The VA’s existing volunteer program will be highlighted within this new initiative as the VA seeks to add to its more than 350,000 employees and 76,000 volunteers nationwide. While the VA’s staffing improvements and increase in resources has had a significant impact over the past year, there is still a long way to go to reach optimal service and support for veterans.
Even veterans can volunteer to help other veterans; visit www.volunteer.va.gov to learn about veteran-related volunteer opportunities or check out the Summer of Service website to learn about this specific opportunity.
Community support and services are critical to helping best serve veterans across the nation. Remember that Veterans Help Group® is here for you no matter where you call home. For help with a veterans disability claim, call today – 1-855-855-8992.