There is universal support for our warriors and families, and nonprofit services have grown and improved in communities across America. Still, there remain significant gaps that can only be filled by more focused planning and coordination.
Supporting veterans, warriors and families is about ensuring that communities are prepared to provide the services and supports that help military families lead healthy, successful lives.
Many solutions can only be handled by communities, but too often communities lack a full understanding of the services they need to help veterans, warriors, and their families.
Additional support is needed in many areas, including behavioral health, physical health, education, employment, financial/legal problems, homelessness, and more.
What is the Community Blueprint?
To address these gaps, volunteers from several leading nonprofits are creating an online Community Blueprint that will help local leaders (e.g. business, civic, heads of community-based organizations) assess and improve their community’s support for military families.
The blueprint will allow each community to assess and fulfill its role in supporting those who have borne the price of battle – service members, veterans, and military families.
The blueprint will help community leaders and citizens understand exactly how they can contribute to an improved support matrix for local veterans and their families, to include providing opportunities for civilians, service members, veterans, and their families to volunteer and serve alongside each other.
The blueprint will provide community leaders with information about the primary challenges veterans and military families face upon returning home.
The blueprint will offer advice based on best practices and experience about setting priorities, adopting strategies that work, and building coalitions to implement those strategies.
The blueprint is user friendly and will focus on 8 key areas: Behavioral Health, Education, Employment, Family Strength, Financial/Legal, Homelessness, Reintegration, and Volunteerism. Under each of these key headings will be 5-7 questions that stakeholders (community leaders, civic leaders, VSOs, etc.) can answer, e.g. under Employment: “Have you held a job fair in your community to help veterans find work?” Each question will have tabs for additional information and resources.
The idea is to provide communities with a forum to learn and share best practices and to bring key stakeholders/community leaders together to collaborate behind the common goal of assisting our service men and women and their families.
Find out more information about the Community Blueprint Network HERE.
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