February 5, 2019

In 2012, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America saw a need to create a safety net for transitioning veterans to connect them to the extensive, but often fragmented, network of support systems and resources available to them. The Rapid Response Referral Program has connected over 8,700 veterans to more than 10,300 resources. Unfortunately, the needs of today's veterans remain high. 

RRRP client quote of the week:

June 7, 2018

From Perry – for various reasons I have stepped down from the best role ever, especially if you want to support Veterans in Texas.  Please meet the new director of TexVet, Ms. Carrie Sconza, an exceedingly well-qualified Navy Veteran and national Veteran leader.  I’ll let her share the bio she wants as you all get to know her, or more likely, get to know her in her new role as director of TexVet.

February 5, 2019

Our Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) relies on program partners to get the needs of our clients met. Our Veteran Transition Managers (VTMs) work with thousands of partner organizations across the nation and through powerful advocacy and critically important relationship building, we prevent our clients from falling through the cracks and help them regain control of their lives, their livelihood and their future.

May 14, 2018

As the civilian military divide persists, the military veteran community in the United States remains tight knit and highly cohesive. We can see this virtually everywhere where there is a significant veteran population. Whether on college campuses, various establishments, workplace or anything in between, veterans are drawn to each other, understand and empower one another, and often are able to provide the type of support and encouragement they cannot get anywhere else. Vets helping vets is not just a catchphrase. I also see the flip side of this as well in many rural towns.

May 14, 2018

Since 2012 IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) has worked with and supported over 8,000 veterans and their families nationwide assisting with a wide variety of needs and making over 10,000 connections to critical programs and resources. While requests for assistance range from veterans seeking assistance resolving benefit issues or seeking employment assistance to dealing with barriers accessing mental and general healthcare, financial hardship remains the most prevalent need among our clients.

May 14, 2018

I joined the IAVA team in January of 2014 as a Veteran Transition Manager (VTM) for IAVA’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP). After working in the mental health and social services field for nearly 10 years, there was one thing I knew with certainty: when given access to support, guidance and effective resources, those experiencing even the most difficult and challenging circumstances, are able to find purpose and a renewed sense of self and belonging, leading them to more stable futures.

April 20, 2018

This content originally appeared on Silent Professionals, the veteran owned private security job market


Continue Mission: Transitioning from the Battlefield

April 17, 2018

Yesterday, I traveled to Houston to meet with superwomen T’Liza Kiel and Valerie James.  They take care of veterans, organize volunteers, respond to emergencies, and throw events in the Houston area.  Counting the areas they support, they are providing assistance to about as many veterans as the entire state of Minnesota.  Houston has one of the oldest Veteran Treatment Courts in the nation.

April 13, 2018

After years of steady progress against veteran homelessness, the Department of Veteran Affairs shifted much of their focus to preventing veteran suicide.  This may be a response to the need but also to the media and public’s focus on veteran suicides.  There’s just one problem – they may be making the problem worse. 

April 4, 2018

T'Liza Kiel is the director of Veterans Behavioral Health for Mental Health America - Houston.  With a veteran population in her area larger than dozens of states, she is an influential and welcome voice with years of experience working for Texas veterans and their families.  Check out her latest update and subscribe to the MHA-H Veterans' newsletter.  Even if you don't live near Houston, there is always something great to learn or emulate - she (and they) really get after it:  

April 3, 2018

Last night I traveled to Waco to see for myself the hard work going on at the Heart of Texas Veterans One-Stop.  MVPN Peer Service Coordinator DeLisa Russell and her team were conducting a volunteer meeting and preparing for a busy Navy Week.  Waco, Texas, plumb in the middle of the great state, is one of only 14 designated cities hosting Navy Week events – who knew?

March 6, 2018

A few weeks ago we told you about the efforts in Waco to open a home that veterans could use as they transition to a better life and that would stabilize them while the Waco Veterans One-Stop offered wraparound services to them.  Now, that home is open and the first residents are in.  Check out this great story on Logan and his family as they start a new chapter of life in a home provided by the hard work and generosity of a bunch of folks in Waco. 

February 28, 2018

Benjamin Franklin said “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” As our Nation celebrates Armed Forces Day let us all rejoice in the freedoms and liberties we experience each hour of every day. Let us be grateful for those protecting those liberties and let us not forget those who sacrificed to ensure the protection of those rights.

February 26, 2018

From the SAMHSA Announcement - congratulations to Houston for getting involved to stop Veteran Suicide:

Cities Selected to Participate in Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide

SAMHSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs Announce the Selection of Eight Cities to Provide Suicide Prevention Support for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

March 1, 2018

I've debated how to go about sharing this personal story, but the fact is ... we lose too many to suicide every day, including our Veterans. So I've decided to take a chance.