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Reflection on the Growing Needs of Vietnam Veterans This Memorial Day
27 May 2016 - 16:11
When I was very young, my family and I immigrated to the United States from a communist country and while growing up in America, one of the first things I noticed was the homeless. It seemed odd no one was helping them. They had these cardboard signs, like advertisements or resumes qualifying their homelessness. A disproportionate amount of these cardboard signs would say“Vietnam.”. In 1987, a New York Times article was released that shocked the nation.
Ending Veteran Homelessness: Where Are We Now?
2 May 2016 - 17:18
Swords to Plowshares is hosting an online seminar to take a hard look at national efforts to end veteran homelessness, and what still needs to be done.
“Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness” set forth an ambitious goal to alleviate veteran homelessness and poverty. The five year plan began in 2010, and as the scheduled end came near, was amended in 2015 to reflect the learnings among communities and outline strategies to get to a "functional zero."
Where are we now in our goal to prevent and end veteran homelessness? This online seminar will discuss the national and community picture of efforts in the last five years, veteran populations most at risk, systematic responses in place throughout communities and strategies moving forward to address the unmet needs.
As a result of the online seminar, participants will be able to:
- Recognize risk factors for veteran homelessness, and populations most affected
- Understand the national and community efforts of homeless prevention and housing efforts
- Identify effective strategies moving forward to end and continue to prevent veteran homelessness
Two continuing education units are available for MFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW professionals licensed in California.
When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Thinking about Supporting Veterans Services?
28 April 2016 - 11:55
Feature image: Amy Fairweather and Jim McDonough Jr. from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
There are over 40,000 registered non-profit organizations in the nation which serve veterans and the military. This statement drives me crazy. While technically true, it gives the impression that there is an abundance of services and the general public and philanthropic communities need not concern themselves with veterans. This is not the case.
Volunteer Week 2016: Thank You to Our Pro Bono Partners
15 April 2016 - 10:52
Swords to Plowshares is one of the few organizations in the country that provides free legal consultation and attorney representation for veterans seeking assistance for VA benefits and military discharge upgrade cases. We have provided this service to veterans in the San Francisco Bay area for over 40 years. Our Pro Bono Legal Program was launched in 2013 to expand our capacity and serve more veterans in need.
Celebrating and Honoring Military Children
13 April 2016 - 12:18
Feature image: Claire White and her family (husband Prince, and children Elijah, Langston and Ché) at UC Davis Law School graduation
Military children face a multitude of struggles that are unique to the military lifestyle. They move an average of every one to three years, attending six to nine different schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. Their parents are gone on prolonged and frequent deployments, or they have to move to new duty stations every few years which means readjusting to new schools, neighborhoods, friends and even their physical homes.
Board of Directors Public Meeting, April 26
11 April 2016 - 15:00
Swords to Plowshares' Board of Directors is holding one of its annual meetings on April 14, 2016. This meeting is open to the public.
Any member of the public who wishes to attend must contact Mary Moran at email@example.com prior to the meeting date to arrange to get a pass from building security.
Where: Morrison & Foerster office
425 Market St, 33rd floor, San Francisco, CA
Apprenticeships and Veterans: A Paying Combination
4 April 2016 - 14:34
Recently, the Bay Area was granted over five million dollars in federal funds to support apprenticeship programs that have been adopted by the Workforce Investment Boards and colleges throughout the region. Apprenticeships are structured to run in three main phases: recruitment, job placement, and education and training.
29 March 2016 - 17:15
Swords to Plowshares, in conjunction with National Veterans Legal Services Program and the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School have published Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper.
Defining a New Age of Women Veteran Care
16 March 2016 - 16:50
Feature image: Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) conduct a security patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Meeting Healthcare Needs of Trans Veterans: Call for Survey Participants
9 March 2016 - 15:00
The transgender, or trans, community has been enjoying a surge in visibility and acceptance over the past few years. And though it may seem counter-intuitive, a significant number of trans people currently serve in the military. In fact, the Department of Defense is the biggest trans employer in the United States, 20 percent of the transgender population are veterans.