Economic Impact Statement.
From: Courtney Smythe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:50 PM
Subject: Join Us on Friday, August 21, 2020 for the Military/Veteran Resource Navigation Training
Military/Veteran Resource Navigation Training Webinar
ONLINE – August 21, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Arizona is home to over 500,000 service members, veterans & their families.
You can help them to Be Connected by learning about Military/Veteran Resource Navigation!
Everyone can have a role in connecting service members, veterans & their families to information, support & resources. In the same way that CPR or First Aid training prepares you to help someone who is injured, Resource Navigation training prepares you to help someone who needs resources. This training covers:
· The available tools to help someone connect to resources, including a support line and Resource Connection Guide
· How to help a person or family find the right door
· Key factors that may affect a person or family’s access to resources
· Navigation strategies
· How to link into the military/veteran community to find resources to address a range of issues and needs
Comments from Resource Navigation training participants:
“The Resource Connection Guide is the best tool I have ever seen for helping service members, veterans & families.”
“This training is exactly what we need for our community.”
“I’ve worked in this field for a long time, and I learned so many new things today.”
Join the 4,800+ Arizonans who are an open door for Arizona’s service members, veterans & their families!
Upcoming training date & location:
August 21, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
ONLINE via Zoom Webinar.
There is no cost for the training but please register in advance.
Register online: https://2020acmfnavigationtraining.eventbrite.com
Interested in becoming an Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer (AVSE)?
Learn best practices for the recruitment, hiring and retention of service members, veterans and their families by checking out the no-cost AVSE training webinar on September 8, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Register online: https://2020acmfavsetraining.eventbrite.com
Arizona’s Be Connected Support Line: 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
National Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Option 1
From: NADCP <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2020 2:05 PM
To: president javc.org <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Congress Passes Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act
|Congress Passes Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act|
|On July 20, Congress passed the Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019. The bill, expected to be signed into law by President Trump, ensures the Department of Justice and its Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) continues its outstanding leadership in advancing the veterans treatment court field and makes no changes to the existing veterans treatment court program at BJA. Since the inception of the veterans treatment court movement, NADCP has led the effort on Capitol Hill to secure federal funding and congressional authorization for the program. As a result, the Veterans Treatment Court Program was congressionally authorized in 2016. In the years since, NADCP and the veterans treatment court field have fought to increase funding. The current $23 million authorization from Congress is a testament to bipartisan support this effort has achieved. “NADCP is grateful for the strong support Congress has shown for veterans treatment courts,” said NADCP CEO Carson Fox. “Since the first veterans treatment court launched in 2008, it has been our privilege to lead this movement.”For over a decade, BJA has provided funding for communities to start and enhance a veterans treatment court, including supporting NADCP’s Justice For Vets in providing research-driven training and technical assistance. The Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act demonstrates the widespread congressional support for this program and its importance to the veterans treatment court field. “The Department of Justice has been an incredible leader in supporting and sustaining veterans treatment courts,” said Justice For Vets Director Scott Tirocchi. “Justice For Vets is honored to assist their critical work by providing comprehensive, research-driven training and technical assistance to the veterans treatment court field.”Together, NADCP and Justice For Vets will continue to meet the needs of veterans treatment courts across the nation.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 24, 2020
Contact: Hannah Hurley
Sinema to VA: Develop Strategy to Support Veterans Experiencing Homelessness in Arizona
Sinema’s bipartisan letter urges the VA to work with community partners and help guide local efforts supporting veterans experiencing homelessness in Arizona
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a coordinated strategy that helps guide local efforts supporting veterans experiencing homelessness in Arizona.
“The VA must work hand-in-hand with community partners in Arizona to ensure veterans experiencing homelessness are safe and protected from COVID-19,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
In her bipartisan letter, Sinema asked the VA what steps it is taking to work with community partners and ensure a coordinated and collaborative response to support the homeless veteran community. Sinema underlines that this coordinated partnership with local partners must focus on infection control and prevention, comprehensive testing, proactive care for veterans testing positive for COVID-19, and proper access to PPE, testing, and training resources for staff.
Sinema recently introduced the Homeless Veterans Coronavirus Response Act of 2020—legislation bringing relief and resources to the VA’s Homeless Program Office by expanding its authorities to provide food, transportation, and communications technologies to homeless veterans and easing requirements that are especially onerous during the coronavirus pandemic. Sinema also recently introduced legislation providing a new $75 billion Housing Assistance Fund to help everyday Arizona families afford rent and mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last year, Sinema cosponsored the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act that expands upon existing programs that help homeless veterans and provides greater resources to prevent veteran homelessness.
Sinema has also added a resources page to her website, www.sinema.senate.gov/corona, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER!
This Wednesday, April 16, 2020 is the deadline to file your 2019 taxes and participate in the State of Arizona Charitable Organization Donation. Only two more days!
Do you pay Arizona State Income Tax?
You can redirect up to $400 for an individual and $800 for a family that will provide support and assistance for our military veterans and their families in Mohave County. Learn more today by calling 928-530-7972 or visiting our website www.javc.org.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to dedicate your participation directly to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council!
The annual Arizona Gives Day is Tuesday April 7th. This is a great opportunity to donate to the JAVC and provides us with the opportunity to raise funding for our facility.
It’s easy- go to azgives.org scroll down toi “Find your cause”and enter JAVC. There are two options, The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, INC and these funds go towards the Operation 6 homeless veterans transition center and the second choice is Smiles For Veterans and the funds are directed toward the dental work of those veterans not able to pay for these services. This is a partner non-profit organization that oversees the need based on funding and amount of damage to the veterans teeth.
You should be receiving the CARES Act rebates soon in your bank accounts. This would be a great opportunity to return some consideration in Mohave County for our military veterans and their families.
Please forward this email to your friends, families and neighbors.
Thank you for your continued support!
Do you pay Arizona State Income Tax?
You can redirect up to $400 for an individual and $800 for a family that will provide support and assistance for our military veterans and their families in Mohave County. Learn more today by calling 928-530-7972 or visiting our website www.javc.org
Dorn Patrick Farrell
Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County, INC
P.O. Box 4463
Kingman, AZ. 86402
The Veterans Service Office will be closed starting Monday, March 16th. As many of the claimants are in the high risk group for Corona Virus COVID-19, it is prudent that we stop the face to face meetings.
April 6th would seem to be the targeted date to reopen but it will be by appointment only. Please call 928-377-1101 to schedule your time. Leave a message if there is no answer.
I will notify you when we reopen.
View this article about the first Veteran’s Resource Fair for 2020 at the Elks Lodge.
12/4/19 FREE HIV TESTING.
5/21/19 IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF ROB CHILCOAT, THE JAVC SECRETARY. WE MISS YOU, ROB!
5/5/19 CASEY AND I VISITED KINGMAN HEALING HOOVES. A VETERAN PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE. PTSD HELP.
FLEECE BLANKET WINNER!!!
4/8/19 PRESENTATION OF PATRIOT SHIRTS TO JAVC
Linda Mautz & Linda Buschardt Past Auxiliary 10386 President and current Treasurer Susan Glaser presented 22 t-shirts to JAVC President Pat Farrell on 8 April 2019. Value of $220.00
4/5/19 GEO GROUP ARTICLE
March 22, 2019
Business is Growing! Havasu Memorial Walkway Brick donations are accelerating into the April 1st Deadline. Several dozen bricks have been ordered on the havasumemorialwalkway.org website in recent days. Get on the Path. Share the news and forward this email to friends.
In the recent two weeks the volunteers of the Havasu Freedom Foundation have:
1. Invited and Received confirmations of the Guest Speakers Dr. Laura Tohe and Zonnie Gorman, both daughters of the original WWII Navajo Code Talkers, for the June 8th 9am Brick-laying ceremonies.
2. Distributed hundreds of the new HMW brochures, thanks mostly to the Marine Corps League Detachment 757 of Lake Havasu City.
3. Received positive recognition on radio stations and newspapers, locally and in Wash DC.
4. Had an excellent Front Page article in The News Herald, Sunday edition, and a soon released mention in the Havasu Magazine.
5. Completed the list of the Original Code Talker names and confirmed ‘work in process’ by the brick engravers.
6. Received the narrative for the History Brick for the Navajo Code Talkers, and confirmed the Walkway design.
7. Updated the MOU with the city, and confirmed property permissions.
8. Displayed attractive Havasu Memorial Walkway sign along the channel. (see attached)
9. Regularly updated the Havasu Memorial Walkway Facebook page and have received THOUSANDS of viewers and “Likes”!
10. Continued with the plans for the June 8th Brick-laying ceremonies with plenty of local publicity and invited dignitaries.
Once again, this is a huge, long term project. Proceeds will benefit Veterans and our students for many, many years.
…And the “76 Moments of Freedom” history bricks will attract visitors to our city for the next few CENTURIES!
Thanks to all of the many volunteers who have worked to further this walkway. Our city, and those you’ve honored, will be forever grateful.
Havasu Freedom Foundation
P.S. Please explore the Havasu Memorial Walkway>>>
1/30/19 Catholic Charities Event
1/7/19 Stranded veteran, Robert Goodell, was donated a Ford pickup truck by Vietnam Navy vet, Duwayne Brood of Kingman. Left to right Duwayne, Robert and Pat Farrell.
1/22/19 PIT SURVEY
ADOH is gearing up for next year’s PIT Count and I wanted to just give you a status on what I know to date:
1. PIT Count will be held the week of January 28, 2020 (January 21st is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is a holiday).
2. January 22nd (Tuesday) is the count night, with surveys going from January 22-26, 2019.
It’s right around the corner and I just wanted to let you know what is known so far. Call if you have any questions!
Rental Assistance Program Supervisor
Mohave County Community Services Department
Mohave County Housing Authority
700 W. Beale Street
P.O. Box 7000
Kingman, AZ 86402-7000
Ph: 928-753-0723, Ext. 4395
1/1/19 KCMINER article re Camp Fire California Relief Effort
12/14/18 DONATION FROM SERENITY MEMORIAL GROUP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
12/14/18 ANDERSON DONATION FOR DISASTER RELIEF. THANK YOU, ANDERSON!
Anderson Auto Group, which is comprised of 5 dealerships in Mohave County. Anderson Ford Lincoln Kingman; Anderson Ford Bullhead City, Anderson Nissan Lake Havasu; Anderson Toyota Lake Havasu and Anderson Chrysler of Lake Havasu was contacted by Nani Chrimes from the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council requested assistance in providing a U Haul truck to take much needed supplies to the Disaster Relief victims in Southern California, with Scott Taylor, the Advertising & Marketing Director for the Auto Group. This was a five-day trip and there were 4 drivers who volunteered to make the trip. In addition, two Kingman residents paid for some of the fuel cost incurred for this trip. Nani and Scott got a truck from the local U Haul company and was to start the journey. In route several stops were made, where other cities had items also to be delivered. A full truck made this trip.
Photo of Rob Smith, General Manager, Anderson Ford Lincoln, Owen Gattis, Sales Manager, Nani Chrimes, as well as several Anderson Ford Lincoln employees presenting Nani a check to cover the expense of the vehicle.
12/8/18 RACE2ERASE22 DONATION
Race2Erase22 is an organization with a mission to reduce Veterans suicides one vet at a time! Casey and Debbie are in this picture.
Tony, Debbie Casey and Pat.
11/27/18 PRESCOTT NATIONAL CEMETERY NEWS.
10/31/18 AND THE BLOODSUCKING PROCESS BEGINS!!
10/28/2018 A pool table was donated for Operation 6. Thanks to the CREW for the Sunday morning pickup. This donation will bring many hours of joy to our veterans when Arnold Plaza opens next year!
9/26/18 A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
PLEASE REVIEW INFORMATION ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY!
Christopher Todd, a Phoenix-headquartered developer of innovative single-family gated rental communities comprised of one- and two-bedroom single-story smart homes, has a 501(c) 3 nonprofit program called A New Lease on Life™. This giveback program is currently focused on providing three-year rent-assistance for eligible Veterans transitioning from the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian life, providing a home rent free, with specific terms, to a selected transitioning Veteran who has met the requirements, completed the application and essay requirements, been vetted by a community panel and ultimately selected after an in-person interview. The company may also elect to offer a helping hand up via some other means as new communities opens, evaluating the needs of each area in which the company develops.
Christopher Todd Communities has partnered with Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) to enhance their direct engagement with the overall Veteran and Military community in Maricopa County. Additionally, VCC will support the selection process and bring in additional community based and Veteran-based organizations from the neighboring areas of selected communities to make the final Veteran selection process decision.
Vets’ Community Connections (VCC) is a Maricopa County initiative connecting veterans, military and their families with local residents willing to share their expertise and knowledge about life in Maricopa County.
VCC empowers community members to do more than say, “thank you for your service” by filling a key need of local veterans, military, and their families: getting answers to a whole range of questions that fall outside the realm of traditional nonprofit and government support. The VCC’s partnership with Maricopa County’s 2-1-1 call center ensures veteran, military, and family callers have an easy way to get connected.
9/26/18 ANNUAL VA REPORT
Subject: Annual VA report shows Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
has improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans
From: “NAVAHCS/PublicAffairs \”PRE Public Affairs Corporate Mailbox\””
Date: Wed, September 26, 2018 11:13 am
To: “Dillinger, Mary E.” <Mary.Dillinger@va.gov>
DEPARMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
For More Information Contact:
Mary Dillinger, Public Affairs Officer
Annual VA report shows Northern Arizona VA Health Care System
has improved over past year in quality of services provided to Veterans
PRESCOTT, AZ (September 25, 2018) — Using an annual web-based report scorecard that measures, evaluates and benchmarks quality and efficiency at its medical centers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released data that showed significant improvements at the majority of its health care facilities.
The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System is one of the facilities that made positive strides in the benchmarks. The Northern Arizona VA Health Care System has made small, but meaningful improvement since last year that is reflected in moving from a one star to a two star rated facility.
“Our improvement has been driven by our frontline staff. Staff have formed small teams to understand the data, and to focus on persistent improvements over time, using best practices from other VA sites. We will continue to focus on improving the care we provide to Veterans, in order to provide the Best Care Anywhere,” said Barbara A. Oemcke, MBA, Medical Center director.
Compared with data from the same period a year ago, the July 2018 release of VA’s Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report showed 103 (71 percent) VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) have improved in overall quality — with the largest gains seen in areas where there were VA-wide improvement initiatives, such as mortality, length of stay and avoidable adverse events. Seven (5 percent) VAMCs had a small decrease in quality.
“This is a major step in the right direction to improving our quality of services for our Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Over the past year, we were able to identify our problems and implement solutions to fixing the issues at 71 percent of our facilities. I’m extremely proud of our employees and the progress they have made to raise VA’s performance for our nation’s heroes.”
Additionally, of the 15 medical centers placed under the Strategic Action for Transformation program (StAT), an initiative that monitors high-risk medical centers and mobilizes resources to assist the facilities, 33 percent (five medical centers) are no longer considered high-risk and 73 percent (11 medical centers) show meaningful improvements since being placed under StAT in January 2018.
The quarterly SAIL report, which has been released publicly since 2015, assesses 25 quality metrics and two efficiency and productivity metrics in areas such as death rate, complications and patient satisfaction, as well as overall efficiency and physician capacity at 146 VAMCs. It is used as an internal learning tool for VA leaders and personnel to pinpoint and study VAMCs with high quality and efficiency scores, both within specific measured areas and overall. The data is also used to identify best practices and develop strategies to help troubled facilities improve
9/26/18 VETERANS SCAM, PLEASE REVIEW.
9/7/18 GEORGE AND RICHARD DISPLAY QUILT FROM SNUGS AND HUGS GROUP – THANKS!!!!
8/29/18 9/11/2001 REDEDICATION CEREMONY
Subject: 9/11/2001 REDEDICATION CEREMONY
From: “Russell M. Mascari” <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, August 28, 2018 5:28 pm
9/11/2001 REDEDICATION CEREMONY
Please mark your calendar join us on 9/11/2018 as we remember
those who lost their lives when terrorists attacked our country on September 11, 2001
…a day we must never forget!
The Airport Director at the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport is seeking to honor WWII veterans at a fly-in from September 4th to the 9th. Tuesday/Friday hours are 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Wednesday/Thursday hours are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Call 928-754-2134 for more information.
Dear VA Beneficiary,
Did you know that you may be eligible for an annual clothing allowance if you use a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance and/or medication for a service connected skin condition that causes permanent damage to your outer garments?
If you’re eligible, and you haven’t yet applied for this year, you need to act fast! If you have already submitted your application, then no further action is required on your part. Your application should be submitted on or before August 1, 2018. To apply, submit (in person, by mail, or fax) VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance, to the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service at your local VA medical center.
Additional information on this benefit is available at https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/Clothing_Allowance.asp.
Thank you for your service!
Veterans Benefits Administration
6/29/18 MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING
The leadership of the Unified Arizona Veterans has received reports that a group calling out of Tucson are fundraising on the supposed behest of the UAV. This is not true. We do not use telephone solicitors to fund raise.
If you receive a call please report it at:
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
Office of the Attorney General
2005 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2926
Fax (602) 542-4085
Area Map (link is external)
400 West Congress
South Building, Suite 315
Tucson, AZ 85701-1367
Fax (520) 628-6530
Area Map (link is external)
1000 Ainsworth Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305-1610
Fax: (928) 778-1298
Area Map (link is external)
Consumer Information and Complaints
Phoenix: (602) 542-5763 Fax: (602) 542-4579
Tucson: (520) 628-6504 Community Outreach / Satellite Offices
Phoenix: (602) 542-2123 Fax: (602) 364-1970
Tucson: (520) 628-6504 Taskforce Against Senior Abuse
(602) 542-2124 Military and Veterans Alert Hotline
(866) 879-5219 Civil Rights
(602) 542-5263 TDD (602) 542-5002
(877) 491-5742 TDD (877) 624-8090
Fax: (602) 542-8885 Office of Victim Services
Phoenix: (602) 542-4911 Fax: (602) 542-8453
Tucson: (520) 628-6456 Fax: (520) 628-6566
Toll-free: (866) 742-4911 Attorney General Information
We cannot report it for you. If you have any questions please contact me.
Unified Arizona Veterans
Bob Dalpe USAF Vet
Horse Rhythm Foundation
Unified Arizona Veterans
Veterans Medical Leadership Council
The following programs have been scheduled for Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.
Kingman- The Vietnam Veterans of America Mohave County Chapter #975 will have a ceremony starting at 9:00 AM in Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Rt 66 and Beale St. Call 928-716-3001 for more information.
Kingman- The American Legion Post 14 will be placing flags at the Cemetery on Stockton Hill Rd. starting at 6:00 AM with a service at 11:00 AM. They are having a BBQ at 1:00 PM and will be removing the flags at 6:00 PM. For more information call 928-753-3555.
Lake Havasu City- VFW Post 9401 is hosting a ceremony at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens, 1698 Deer Run Drive, Monday at 10:00 AM ( bring your own chair) Call 928-855-5374 for more information.
“The right thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct.” Calvin Coolidge
Dorn Patrick Farrell
Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council
P.O. Box 4463
Kingman, AZ. 86402
Member AZ Veterans Hall of Fame 2015
Good Day Marines
How would you like to participate in a little R&R? No not a vacation but a Rifle Raffle. The Kingman Young Marines are holding a Rifle Raffle to raise funds for equipment and projects.. The rifle was donated by a YM Dad and has a EGA engraved in the stock. See the poster for details. Call the numbers listed on the posters and we can get you tickets. Cash/check/MO. Make out to Kingman Young Marines
XO-Kingman Young Marines
Published by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.
Newly released report shows combined economic and social impact of Arizona nonprofits.
• View Report & Marketing Toolkit
• Register Tucson Report Unveiling & Panel Discussion on May 16
• Register for Flagstaff Report Unveiling & Panel Discussion on May 7
If you were to ask anyone in your community whether nonprofit groups are valuable, they would nod in agreement, saying, “Of course they are.”
But if you asked them what the specific impact nonprofits were having, would they know the answer? Probably not.
The Alliance, along with our partners and community stakeholders, decided we needed to show the value of nonprofits — in measurable ways.
To get some hard data, we commissioned a 2016 study that measured the economic impact nonprofits were having in Arizona. The results were eye-opening.
For example, our nonprofit activity contributes to nearly 8% of Arizona’s Gross State Product. And we provide nearly 12% of all paid jobs across the state.
Imagine walking into a decision maker’s office and handing them such concrete data. That’s what I’ve been doing all year, and from business leaders to state officials, they’re standing up and taking notice. – Kristen Merrifield, Alliance CEO
Beyond the Bottom Line: The Economic and Social Impact of Arizona Nonprofits
The response has been so tremendous, we decided to take it a step further and find out how nonprofit programs and services are affecting social, public and civic value, as well as economics.
The results are in, and I think you’re going to be excited to see them.
This second study collected data from focus groups in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma, as well as a statewide survey.
The results show just how much Arizona is reliant upon nonprofit activity — in specific, measurable ways which will help the sector gain support from grantmakers and lawmakers, alike.
One example included in the study reveals how the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix evaluated the tangible impact of:
• higher graduation rates
• lower underage drinking
• juvenile crime savings
• lower teen pregnancy rates for program participants
The key is that the results are tangible and measurable.
The report suggests research-based metrics are needed to help nonprofits evaluate their own social impact. Seven nonprofits were profiled in the study, showing how they have been able to successfully evaluate outcomes of their programs and services.
We are convinced developing local metrics to show social impact is an essential part of nonprofit strategy, moving forward.
Please open the report and read the results for yourself. Then download the Social Media Marketing Toolkit so you can easily share key points of the study in your newsletters, Facebook posts, tweets, and other communications.
Get Access to Report & Toolkit
We’re also organizing community forums across the state to showcase the study results. If you’d like to host an event please contact us.
Date: Fri, May 4, 2018 at 9:43 AM
Subject: VA Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review
VA Offers Early Participation in a Faster New Claims Decision Review Process
WASHINGTON — Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is offering two opportunities for early participation in the new, more efficient claims decision review process outlined in the historic Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017.
These two opportunities will allow eligible Veterans to receive a review of a decision on a claim much faster than the current appeals process.
“VA is committed to transforming the appeals process,” said VA Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This is evidenced by the success of Rapid Appeals Modernization Program which has seen over 12,000 Veterans opt-in. In addition, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals has issued approximately 46,000 decisions this fiscal year — nearly 23,000 more decisions than last year at this time. We are on pace to reach a historical fiscal goal of 81,000 decisions.”
First, VA will expand the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP,) by removing the requirement that Veterans first receive an invitation from VA in order to elect participation in the program.
RAMP, which was initially launched in November 2017 as an invitation only program, allows eligible Veterans with a disability compensation appeal early access to the Higher-Level Review and Supplemental Claim Lanes outlined in the Appeals Modernization Act. By removing the invitation requirement, Veterans will have the opportunity to benefit from the new, more efficient decision review process, versus continuing to wait in the legacy appeal process. As of March 31, RAMP reviews were completed in an average of 52 days.
Second, in May, the Board of Veterans’ Appeals will launch its Early Applicability of Appeals Modernization (BEAAM) pilot project. Under this project, the Board will partner with the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the California Department of Veterans Affairs to identify 50 Veterans who are dissatisfied with a recent decision on their benefits claim.
These Veterans will participate in a study that allows them the option of appealing directly to the Board or seeking a review in RAMP. In this study, the Board will collect preliminary data about Veteran choices and experiences.
In October, the Board will begin deciding appeals from RAMP decisions using the features of the Appeals Modernization Act, specifically its new, separate Direct, Evidence and Hearing dockets.
The expansion of RAMP, combined with the BEAAM, will allow VA to collect valuable data about implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Ben Carson, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
HUD No. 18-027 FOR RELEASE
HUD Public Affairs Friday
202-708-0685 April 6, 2018
HUD, VA TEAM UP TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES
HUD-VASH vouchers to provide housing for 5,211 veterans
WASHINGTON – In a continued effort to end veteran homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $43 million to 325 local public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide a permanent home to more than 5,200 veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
A component of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, the HUD-VASH vouchers being awarded today enable homeless veterans to obtain affordable, decent housing in the private market. These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. See local funding chart below.
“Our nation’s veterans deserve more than a life on the streets,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own.”
More than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. More than 500 PHAs administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 102 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to many communities. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s veterans.
In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.
Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also connect with HUD on social media or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s Email List.
You can follow Secretary Carson on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY PARTNERING VA MEDICAL FACILITY NUMBER OF VOUCHERS AMOUNT
Alabama Housing Authority of the Birmingham District Birmingham 7 $38,567
Huntsville Housing Authority Birmingham 6 $26,853
Alabama Total 13 $65,420
Alaska Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Alaska Health Care System 15 $121,835
Alaska Total 15 $121,835
Arizona Mohave County Community Svcs. Department Northern Arizona Health Care System 15 $74,219
Tempe Housing Authority Phoenix 10 $68,078
Arizona Total 25 $142,298
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Joe Kalous at Adan Repair.
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Kingman Regional Medical Center.
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP TAKES CARE OF VETERANS FROM THE BATTLEFRONT TO THE HOME FRONT
Click below to open this very important Executive Order.
Veterans Transition EO Factsheet Embargoed Until 1.9 1045 AM-1________________________________________________
Honor Flight Southern Nevada Holds Honor Flight Experience
A recognition event for World War II and Korean War veterans
Click below to view event!!!!!!
BeConnectedAZ.org presented an overview of their abilities to support veterans with needs in all categories at the recent JAVC meeting in November.
The Be Connected program is a statewide effort to strengthen access to support and resources for the 600,000+ service members, veterans and their families who call Arizona home.
Be Connected Goals
There are three goals for the Be Connected program:
- Reduce deaths by suicide in Arizona’s population of service members and veterans.
- Build upon existing capacity and strengths within our service systems, adding a new layer of coordination and support.
- Demonstrate effectiveness and develop a sustainability plan that builds program components into systems and funding.
Be Connected Partners
There are three types of partners:
Be Connected Components
There are three parts to the program:
- CALL – A 24/7 support line that anyone can call, including service members, veterans, family members, helpers and providers.
- MATCH – A Resource Match Tool and help to navigate to the right resources for each person or family’s situation.
- LEARN – Training, including in-person and online options, to equip everyone with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help.
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