Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Introduction
Hi from Dave,
After tonight I can actually say I heard voices!
My Visio...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Road Map to
My Three Goals
Goal-1
Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of vetera...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
How did I Get Here?
• Three generations and 70 years (+) of service too the USA!
• E...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Goal-1 Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran needs.
Veteran Outreach, ...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Goal-2
Become as familiar as possible with the Department of Veteran Affairs service...
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DAVDAV
County VeteransOffice
American Legion
Dept of Veterans Affairs
AMVETS
Government, Non-profit & Profit Organizations...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
How Well is it Going?
Goal 1: Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran ne...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Success & Challenge
Success
• At the VAMC employees & Veterans are stopping me to as...
Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy
Lessons Learned & Actions to be Done
Lessons Learned Actions to be Done
Reading jour...
..to care for..to care for [her] him[her] him who shall have bornewho shall have borne
the battle and forthe battle and fo...
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  1. 1. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Introduction Hi from Dave, After tonight I can actually say I heard voices! My Vision By doing this project I hope to develop my Outreach & Advocacy skills to best assist Veterans well beyond the day when my name is a statistic with the National Cemetery Administration. My Intent To become familiar with as much of what I regard as the VETERAN SERVICES SYSTEM so as to DO NO HARM when I assist A VETERAN. Any Where Any Time Any Place 1Next page please
  2. 2. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Road Map to My Three Goals Goal-1 Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran needs. Goal-2 Become as familiar as possible with the Department of Veteran Affairs services. Goal-3 Develop a flexible plan on how best to use this knowledge as an advocate for veterans in the near term & for life! 2Next page please
  3. 3. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy How did I Get Here? • Three generations and 70 years (+) of service too the USA! • ESC, Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy and beyond. Ernest T. Stringer Jim Shultz Explore and understand the situation. Must want to make a difference. Collaboration can repudiate misconception. Promote the general welfare. Understand how things are happening. Know the importance of the KNOT. Be a resource person (share don’t guard). Define want, need, what & then ACT. Relationships + Communication + Participation Build objectives, audience, message & & Inclusion = Action Research. (TQM & Comer) messenger before action. Tool: Why, What, How, Who, Where, & When. Common cause is key to social change. 3Next page please
  4. 4. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Goal-1 Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran needs. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Goal-1 Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran needs. Each Individual Veteran prepared to Succeed in Life……. Feedback/Collection Transportation Task Each Veteran an individual not a number Pensions Disability Compensation Education GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation Life Insurance, Burial Services Respect, Empathy Safety, Friends Medical, Dental, Mental Care, Prescriptions… VA Know the lay of the land! Shelter, home loans 4 A Problem $$$$ = Compensation Benefits? Entitlements? Hand Out? Charity? Next page please
  5. 5. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Goal-2 Become as familiar as possible with the Department of Veteran Affairs services. BACKGROUND Over 22,000,000 living veterans and even a greater number of dependents & survivors. Nearly four centuries of veteran services on this continent. Countless programs and agencies all trying to help. If this sounds complicated and confusing, then be afraid, very afraid as you look at the next two slides… 5Next page please
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  7. 7. DAVDAV County VeteransOffice American Legion Dept of Veterans Affairs AMVETS Government, Non-profit & Profit Organizations here for the Veteran Issues When does redundancy stop the show? Same sheet of music or bumping into each other? $$$ better spent? State Dept of Veteran Affairs State Dept of Veteran Affairs And………. VFWVFW 7Next page please
  8. 8. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy How Well is it Going? Goal 1: Increase my knowledge base of the myriad of veteran needs. (And share)! • My weekly volunteering at the VAMC continues to provide insight on the everyday operations of the Center. • The volunteers are a bigger benefit to the Center than I realized. • Each visit is an opportunity to meet with the NYS Veterans Office and the DAV office. • DAV service officer training will take place next month. • My cross referencing of the Guidebook and Federal Hand book continues. Goal 2: Become as familiar as possible with the Department of Veteran Affairs services. • Information sharing has been very successful at the VAMC, DAV meetings, and with other Veterans. • I have been able to refer them to the source rather than speculative conversations. • Reality has set in that the research will go on well after this class. Goal 3: Develop a flexible plan on how best to use this knowledge as an advocate for veterans in the near term & for life! • I’ve continued to explore establishing a viable coalition in the Albany area. This is well beyond my initial expectations for the project. • As I did anticipate, I have identified some quality control issues that have short term requirements that may have significant impact. 8Next page please
  9. 9. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Success & Challenge Success • At the VAMC employees & Veterans are stopping me to ask questions. • Confirmed that DAV will soon consolidate at least two of the three local chapters. • Casual conversations at the VAMC has provided two speaking invitations. Challenge • Sustain the energy beyond the ESC Veterans Service program. • Be mindful of fragile turf. • Choose the right causes. 9Next page please
  10. 10. Veteran Outreach, Services & Advocacy Lessons Learned & Actions to be Done Lessons Learned Actions to be Done Reading journals save time. Find the best door to Gillibrand. You can’t judge a book by the cover. Push NYSDVA hard for coalition. Not new - just confirmed that Work harder at knowing the inner participatory leadership is a winner. workings of the VAMC. BPS is a must. Look deeper on my technique of helping Veterans in Self Advocacy. This project has many sequels. Synchronize my understanding of Stringer, Comer and TQM. 10Next page please
  11. 11. ..to care for..to care for [her] him[her] him who shall have bornewho shall have borne the battle and forthe battle and for [her] his[her] his widowwidow andand [her] his[her] his orphan…orphan… Questions? 11LAST page

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