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Philadelphia Veterans Red Cross Consortium

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Dianna Schwartz

on 16 September 2014

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Mission and Vision
Philadelphia Veterans Consortium
The Military Aid Project is being established to provide legal services for US Veterans to declare bankruptcy. The program will create partnerships between Veterans, Pro Bono Attorneys, and the philanthropic Partners in Development who provide funding for our organization. TMAP will provide an experience of Reorganization through two main tenets of programming: LEGAL PROCEEDINGS and COMMUNITY EDUCATION.

When reorganization becomes necessary, the Military Aid Project provides attorneys and community education resources as a method to renew veteran vitality in today’s economic turmoil.
Red Cross- SAF
Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House
PA State Bar
(specifically PBA Military
and Veterans' Affairs Committee
VA- Woodland Ave, Coatesville, et al
5 Star Women
NJ State Bar
(specifically MLAP)
SoCal Veterans Consortium
Camden Catholic Charities (an SSVF grantor)
Veterans Upward Bound
To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members
The VA provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits.
Red Cross
The Widener Veterans Law Clinic was founded in 1997 as the Veterans Assistance Program, the first clinical program for disabled veterans at a law school within the United States. The program became known as the Veterans Law Clinic in January 2006, although student interns – working with attorneys on behalf of indigent veteran clients – have been a part of the program since its start.
Provides direct civil legal services to homeless families and individuals; Connect homeless clients with needed social services; Advocate for the needs of Philadelphia’s homeless population and promote positive policy changes to address those needs. (of note: HAP's Veteran Project)
Homeless Veterans
The mission is simple: PVCH gives homeless veterans a chance to start over and become productive members of society. This is done by using military tools to achieve the civilian goals of finding a job and securing permanent housing. The program gives them the cultural capital to do that and reinvigorates the work ethic and discipline they had while serving our nation.

Training troopers for the challenges of the real world, PVCH seeks to rid them of the mindset of dependency and that has marred so many lives. PVCH missions like Operation Air Drop, Operation Able Assist and our Holiday Open House program support homeless veterans across the community.
VFW works on behalf of American veterans by lobbying Congress for better veterans' health care and benefits.[4] The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.
The Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program ensures that service members, veterans and their families have worldwide, around-the-clock access to timely and reliable humanitarian services. While providing assistance to 1.4 million active-duty personnel and their families, the Red Cross also reaches out to more than 1.2 million members of the National Guard/Reserves and their families who reside in nearly every community in America. SAF services are delivered through the Red Cross chapter network in the United States and on military installations around the world.
The U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) is a program administered by the U.S Army Warrior Transition Command that assists severely wounded soldiers and families from injury throughout recovery for as long as they need help. This system of support and advocacy guides soldiers from evacuation through treatment and rehabilitation until they return to duty or leave the military. AW2 also supports their families and caregivers, who have their own needs
The NJSBA, through its Military Law and Veterans' Affairs Committee, in conjunction with McCarter & English, L.L.P. has established the Military Legal Assistance Program. This pro bono program provides assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces after September 11, 2001.
The mission of this committee is to coordinate statewide efforts that deal with legal matters affecting active, Reserve and National Guard military service members, retirees, veterans and their families.
“To unite military and veteran service organizations who share common goals to build programmatic capacity and increase services to clients under the umbrella of regional collaboration.”
Last meeting, we delineated our Vision Statement as such:
Veteran and Military Service
Organization Consortium

Today we ask the Question,
How are we reaching the military to let them know of this programmatic capacity and service provision we can provide to them, under our umbrella of regional collaboration?
Please keep in mind....
This is a conversation! We are here to spark discussion,
juice your creative faculties, and work together to build our brand as we engage in outreach to bases. We request your input and look forward to fostering debate!
The Military Assistance Project was established to provide free legal services for active duty, reserve, or veteran military personnel in the form of pro bono bankruptcy services. Our program creates partnerships between Military personnel, pro bono Attorneys, and the philanthropic Partners in Philanthropy who provide funding for our organization. When bankruptcy becomes necessary, Military Assistance Project provides servicemen and servicewomen with attorneys and legal resources to enable them to obtain a fresh start.
111th Fighter Wing Family Readiness Office
Amachi Expansion for
Military and Civilian Families
Blue Star Mothers
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Global Citizen Mission365
Impact Services
Liberty USO
Military OneSource
Operation Military Kids
PA National Guard State Family Program and Readiness Offices
Phila. City Council Veterans Advisory Commission
SEI Private Wealth Management
Survivor Outreach Services
Veterans Multi-Service Center
Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) is an Army-wide program designed to provide dedicated and comprehensive support to survivors of deceased Soldiers. The program is a joint effort with collaboration from the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC), the Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operation Center (CMAOC), the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. SOS standardizes casualty services and policies across the Army and provides additional staffing at Casualty Assistance Centers and Active Component and Reserve Component family Programs. SOS responds to the need for specialized staff at Casualty Assistance Centers (CAC) to help Casualty Assistance Officers (CAO) support survivors, as well as adding additional staff who have the sole mission of providing continuing support to survivors.

The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways.

Joint Services Support is designed to give a one-stop shop to find information on programs, benefits, resources and more. You can learn about Family Readiness Program Services and Plans and Operations by clicking on the links listed. The goal is to support and educate you along your journey as a family member of the National Guard in any and every way possible.
Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American Veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes. We are committed to promoting purpose driven lives among our nation's finest men and women, while increasing the awareness and involvement of our communities.
The Amachi mentoring organization was developed in 2000 to provide children impacted by incarceration with a different path by establishing the consistent presence of loving, caring mentors.
In 2009, Amachi expanded to include all at-risk youth and developed an effective intermediary model that served more than 17,000 youth, created more than 200 jobs, formed more than 1,000 partnerships, and created 38 statewide coalitions throughout the three-year project. The Amachi Expansion for Military and Civilian Familes (AEMCF) program was created in 2011 to serve youth from military families.

The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center (PVMSEC) exists solely to “serve those who served” this great nation, our Veterans. We are the only non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides a comprehensive resource center available to all Veterans in need.
Perpetuates the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., and the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces; the further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information; to assist in veterans' ceremonies, to attend patriotic rallies and meetings; to foster true democracy; to care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation; to aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities; to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies.
A Department of Defense office established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.
Global Citizen’s Mission365 program fosters civic engagement, networking opportunities, and build ongoing partnerships among local military, their families, and veteran-serving organizations with local community-based organizations and service programs throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Events in 2012 and 2013, including January’s annual Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, will bring together volunteers from the military and local communities to serve and engage veterans. A King Day of Service Jobs & Opportunity Fair will connect local veterans and military families with volunteer opportunities and employment resources. Mission365 will focus on strengthening partnerships between local veteran-serving and community organizations through the creation of a veteran-serving agency database.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) assists low-income Veterans and Veteran families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. SSVF helps provide stability through permanent housing and a variety of services and links to community resources. Services provided include:

• Case management
• Housing counseling and search
• Personal financial planning
• Assistance applying for VA and other benefits
• Childcare
• Transportation
• Emergency assistance – eligibility requirements apply
• Referrals for health care, legal, daily living and other services
Impact’s programs for homeless and/or unemployed veterans fall into three categories: Housing, Employment, and incarceration transitioning.
Liberty USO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families. In short, Liberty USO is the bridge between the civilian population and our service members. In times of war and peace, Liberty USO has delivered its special brand of support, comfort, morale boosting and recreational activities to service members and their families.
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.
Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
The Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) provides access to Pennsylvania workforce development and independent living services provided by the Departments of Labor & Industry and Public Welfare.
The National Guard Family Program exists for the sole purpose of supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life. In addition to our national office in Washington, DC, we have an incredible team of staff members and volunteers in each of the 54 States & Territories.

In each state, there is a State Family Program Director and one to four Wing Family Program Coordinators in support of the families. There are also Family Readiness Groups/Key Volunteer Groups, Family Readiness Assistants, Family Assistance Staff, where you, as a family member, can take full advantage of any and all services available.
The ongoing goal of the City Council Veteran’s Advisory Commission(VAC) is to
proactively serve the veterans of our city by providing them with the information they need to ensure that they receive all the benefits they rightfully deserve. We also strive to locate and refer veterans to the appropriate agency of the government, or social service agency, to provide them with the counseling or services they require. Additionally, we maintain continuous contacts with veterans' organizations, as well as governmental and other service providers, to assess the needs of our veterans and to serve as vocal advocates to see those needs are met.

5 Star Women is a national community foundation dedicated to improving the lives and securing the future for women veterans and their families, both while transitioning to civilian life and thereafter.
NorCal Veterans Consortium
MD/DC Veterans Consortium
Virginia Beach Veterans Consortium
NYC/Conn Veterans Consortium
Invite Key members of our partner offices in this area to join us

Invite Collaborators in this area to join us

Host a Kick Off Event/Luanch with guest Keynote Speaker(s):
Political Figure
and Sports Figure
If the veteran owns their home but is late on mortgage? (No SSVF?)
Utilities outside of Philadelphia

Invite Key members of our partner offices in this area to join us

Invite Collaborators in this area to join us

Host a Kick Off Event/Luanch with guest Keynote Speaker(s):
Political Figure
and Sports Figure
Invite Key members of our partner offices in this area to join us

Invite Collaborators in this area to join us

Host a Kick Off Event/Luanch with guest Keynote Speaker(s):
Political Figure
and Sports Figure
Invite Key members of our partner offices in this area to join us

Invite Collaborators in this area to join us

Host a Kick Off Event/Luanch with guest Keynote Speaker(s):
Political Figure
and Sports Figure
Invite Key members of our partner offices in this area to join us

Invite Collaborators in this area to join us

Host a Kick Off Event/Luanch with guest Keynote Speaker(s):
Political Figure
and Sports Figure

Missy and Di are heading to Dover
JB MDL is up next
Additional base outreach?
Invites to partner offices?
Invites to community collaborators?

Punch List:
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