Supporting America’s Veterans
Successful Reintegration through Increased Access to Services
Reintergration from military service to civilan life can be challeging for veterans, and their families, when they return home and most go through a period of adjustment. Ulimately, most veterans find new and fulfilling roles and careers but for some, the transtion can be harder or take longer.
Easterseals believes veterans and military families can succeed where they live when local reintegration support services are available to connect veterans and their families to federally- funded veteran benefits and other community services.
The Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program at the U.S. Department of Labor is an example of how the federal government responds to the needs of America’s veterans by investing in community-based services and support programs.
Through this program, local organizations provide job training, counseling, and placement services to help homeless veterans reintegrate into society and the labor force. The program has been important in helping decrease veterans’ homelessness by 36 percent since 2010, and is a great example of effective public-private partnerships in action.
Did you know?
- Easterseals affiliates serving the District of Columbia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland,New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Virginia help homeless veterans find jobs in their communities through HVRP grants.
- Gulf War-era II veterans continue to face unemployment rates that are more than 20 percent higher than nonveterans (5.8 percent compared to 4.6 percent). The disparity is even higher for Gulf War-era II women veterans compared to their non-veteran counterparts.
- More than half of the 495,000 unemployed veterans in 2015 were age 45 and over.
- Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless veteran population. The number of homeless women veterans tripled from an estimated 1,380 in FY 2006 to 4,456 in FY 2013, while overall veteran homelessness dropped significantly.
- Young veterans are at two times greater risk to become homeless than their non-veteran counterparts.
- About 17,000 veterans are served annually through more than 150 HVRP community grants.
Easterseals Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Request
- Fully fund the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program at $50 million.
Easterseals Military and Veterans Services
We're also meeting with legislators about:
Supporting Older Workers
Assisting Workers with Disabilities
Assisting Young Children and Families