Military & Veteran Services
The crisis facing the nation in meeting the physical and mental health needs of the Armed Forces having served in Iraq and Afghanistan is overwhelming and continues to grow. Thousands of injured military service members are returning home with hopes of successfully transitioning to civilian life. Many communities are not equipped to respond appropriately to their unique need, nor are they aware of how to best work with military and Veterans systems in the process.
Easterseals’ newly added Military & Veterans services respond to this call to action. As the largest provider of disability-related services to individuals with disabilities and their families, Easterseals offers military and Veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts for veterans in communities across our nation.
Helping Veterans and their families connect to services and resources
Community OneSource is open to all veterans, mobilized reservists and their families at no charge. Emphasis is always placed on identifying local resources whenever available. Veterans and their families who request information or assistance from Community OneSource will be presented with the public, private, and not-for-profit resources most suited to their needs, allowing them to focus their time on the most viable options. Over the past two years Community OneSource (COS) has helped numerous veterans find solutions to specific needs:
- Veterans benefits information
- Caregiver resources
- Education benefits specialists
- Financial assistance resources
- Benefits for seniors
- Employment assistance services
- Housing options available
- Local child care providers
- Counseling services
- Legal Aid Services
- Healthcare options
- And more ...
Veterans Caregiver Training
- Easterseals is working with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide a Program of Comprehensive Support to eligible veteran caregivers. Mandates by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-163), Easterseals and the VA are providing caregiver training via face to face classes throughout the country, a workbook/DVD approach and on demand web access. Eligible caregivers are certified by their local VA Caregiver Support Coordinators to receive this training. Those certified and completing the training will be eligible for Veteran Caregiver benefits.
- Easterseals is pleased to present this program in conjunction with our partners Atlas Research, a veteran owned small business; Axiom Resource Management; and two of the country’s leading caregiving organizations, The National Alliance on Caregiving and the Family Caregiver Alliance -- and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, who adapted the curriculum for Spanish speakers and is addressing the specific needs of Hispanic veterans and their caregivers.
- To apply for the Caregiver Support Program, call 855-260-3274. For more information about this program, you can also visit the VA Caregiver Support Web site at www.Caregiver.va.gov
Easterseals Public Policy Outreach
Easterseals’ governmental relations team is working to influence federal and state policy affecting military service members and veterans. Easterseals activity engages with congressional staff and administration officials to ensure that all veterans with disabilities receive the services and supports they need to attain their goals and full community participation.
Easterseals Military and Veterans Legislative Priorities:
- Assure veterans' access to services by requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to utilize community-based organizations to enhance current capacity.
- Pilot long-term case management services models in designated sites using communities-based organizations to facilitate service coordination and navigate transition points in service delivery.
Military and Veterans Initiative – Other Resources
Resources and Related Links
Read about important information, resources and issues affecting veterans.
- Military OneSource
Military OneSource enables the Defense Department (DOD) to provide "one stop" assistance, via the Internet or a toll-free telephone number, to families and service members from all the armed forces with any kind of problem.
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.
- National Military Family Association
Easterseals has partnered with the National Military Family Association to host week-long Operation Purple experiences for children of deployed parents at five Easterseals affiliate camp sites. Later this year, the partnership will stage Operation Purple Healing Adventure for veterans with disabilities and their families at Easterseals Camp ASCCA in Alabama.
- Honoring the Call to Duty: Veterans' Disability Benefits in the 21st Century, Veterans Disability Benefits Commission, October 2007.
- Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, Center for Military Health Policy Research, a joint endeavor of Rand Health and Rand National Security Research Division, 2008.
- VA Benefits & Health Care Utilization, Department of Veterans Affairs, January 2008. (PDF)
- A Summary of VA Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Personnel, Department of Defense Deployment Health Support Directive and Department of Veterans Affairs, April 2007. (This links to the VA's Web site for publications where you can download a PDF copy of the Benefits for National Guard and Reserve Personnel brochure.)
- SALUTE, INC. passionately pursues meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.
- Warrior Gateway establishes a single capability that serves as a trusted and reliable resource for the military community to quickly locate service organizations that satisfy their needs, identify academic programs they are interested in and easily find employers seeking their valuable skills.
- The Hadley School for the Blind’s Blinded Veterans Initiative (PDF)
The goal is to educate and inspire blind or visually impaired veterans—through 100+ distance education courses—to pursue their personal and professional goals and help support their families.