Policy & Advocacy

Swords to Plowshares’ Institute for Veteran Policy (IVP) works to strengthen systems of care for veterans and their families. IVP’s policy and community education efforts are unique, reflecting decades of direct community-based service delivery, regarding housing, VA benefits, mental and physical healthcare, and employment services. Our research and policy work is informed by Swords to Plowshares’ daily experience, allowing us to share technical expertise and achieve the best outcomes for all veterans.

IVP serves the community through its initiatives:

  • Research and publications
  • Technical assistance for community service providers
  • Policy development and advocacy at local, state and federal levels
  • Strategic partnerships with foundations, corporations, and community-based providers
  • Qualitative primary and secondary research regarding specific veteran cohorts
  • Community education
    • Combat to Community® curricula for professionals
    • Webinar trainings for Continued Education Units (CEUs)
    • Annual Mental Health Summit and other community events

We inform best practices in veteran care and support throughout the nation. We recognize that community-based programs have the agility to respond to changing needs and differentiate services for all veterans, including all eras of service, women, aging, LGBTQ+, or otherwise underserved. We are a thought leader and trusted source of expertise by all levels of government, foundations and philanthropists, behavioral health providers, law enforcement and community partners.