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 experience in direct community-based care, access to housing, benefits, mental and physical healthcare, and employment services. Our experience informs our policy positions and our ability to share our technical expertise to achieve the best outcomes for all veterans.

IVP serves the community through its initiatives:

  • Research and publications
  • Grant management and 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
  • Women veterans
  • Community education
    • Combat to Community® curricula for professionals
    • Webinar trainings for Continued Education Units (CEUs)
    • Transition support for veterans

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 veterans, including all eras of service, women, aging, LGBTQI, or otherwise underserved. We are a trusted source of expertise by all levels of government, foundations and philanthropists, behavioral health providers, law enforcement and community partners.