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About VCC

Putting the Community Back Into Community Reintegration

Vets' Community Connections (VCC) is a community-based initiative designed to involve a greater number of individuals in veteran reintegration efforts.

It provides individuals who want to do more than say "thanks for your service" the channel to use their own professional experience and expertise to respond to veteran and military family relocation and reintegration questions in a wide variety of fields: education, health, business, recreation, arts, community service and a host of other areas which collectively make up the communities in which we live.

Successful veteran and family reintegration goes beyond addressing crisis aspects, and even the life pillars of employment, housing and health. Thru this service veterans and their families get answers to a whole host of reintegration questions that fall outside the realm of veteran service organizations-- answering anything from where do I find home/car repair experts, to help me figure out what this profession is actually like.

How It Works

Vets' Community Connections is community designed, led and implemented. The community works to establish:

- A Community Advisory Board: Composed of a broad spectrum of leaders in the community that will guide, support and spread awareness of this initiative. Assembled with the support and assistance of county and city elected leaders.

- Community Resource Members: Individuals who are interested in offering their particular expertise to a veteran/active duty service member or his/her family, or businesses interested in providing a discount to veteran/active duty service member or his/her family.

- A Vet Connector(s): Trained call operator who hears the need, and links the veteran/active service/spouse callers with a Community Resource Member that can best answer their question.

So as to not duplicate resources, the VCC initiative can be housed in a pre-existing veteran central point of contact. Examples can include a local veteran non profit, or a 2-1-1/3-1-1 service-- local entities where veterans are already likely to call, adding to the services they provide.

Establishing standards and metrics to making sure callers are getting the advice and information they need is key-- not only to local program success but to keep the community updated and abreast of community veteran/family needs.

At a national level, VCC works to integrate efforts, provide tools/resources and guidance, and assess and report on local efforts to identify trends in veteran needs.

Research

The San Diego Chamber of Commerce financed a study on behalf of ‘Vets’ Community Connections’ to examine how veterans and military family members could tap the experience of a greater number of community members to make reintegration easier. The results, available January 2015, overwhelmingly supported a role for the greater community in assisting veterans and their families transition from the military.

An executive summary with supporting data can be accessed here; the full report can be accessed here.

Key Findings:

There is clearly a role for the greater community in local veteran reintegration.

Veterans and military families want to tap a broader network of community experience/expertise to make transition easier.

People want personal connection and not another online tool.

There is overwhelming support for a navigator service or 211-type concierge service that would connect them with individuals in the community.

San Diego County Vets' Community Connections

 
Veterans/Active Duty Service Members and Military Spouses:

Get connected with fellow San Diegans who can answer your questions about life in our county.

Call 2-1-1 or 1-844-VET-CONX

 

San Diego Community Members

Share your knowledge and experience with those who have served, all on your own time and availability.
Start getting connected by filling out the application below.

 

Community Members

willing to share your own knowledge or expertise with a San Diego veteran/family member.

Businesses

willing to provide a discount to San Diego veterans and their families.

 

In partnership locally with:

  • sdrc
  • 2-1-1
  • SDC
  • seal
  • live well

St Joseph's County Vets' Community Connections

 
Veterans/Active Duty Service Members and Military Spouses:

Get connected with fellow citizens who can answer your questions about life in St Joseph's County.

Call 3-1-1 or 1-844-VET-CONX

 

 
St. Joseph County Community Members:

Be part of our resource database-- all on your own time and availability.
Complete the application below to get started!

 
 

Community Members

willing to share their own professional expertise with a local veteran/family members.

Businesses

willing to provide a discount to St Joseph County veterans and their families, or pursue hiring a veteran.

In partnership locally with:

  • 3-1-1
  • Seal
  • Seal 2

Phoenix/Maricopa County Vets' Community Connections

 
Veterans/Active Duty Service Members and Military Spouses:

Get connected with fellow citizens who can answer your questions about life in our county.

Call 2-1-1 or 1-844-VET-CONX

 

Phoenix/Maricopa County Community Members

Share your knowledge and experience with those who have served, all on your own time and availability.
Start getting connected by filling out the application below.

 

Community Members

willing to share your own knowledge or expertise with a Maricopa County veteran/family member.

Businesses

willing to provide a discount to Maricopa County veterans and their families.

 

In partnership locally with:

Maricopa

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