veterans affairs – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:05:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-04T112559.751-150x150.jpg veterans affairs – United Children of Veterans http://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/ 32 32 Keen Wealth Advisors donates its time to the Veterans Community Project https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/keen-wealth-advisors-donates-its-time-to-the-veterans-community-project/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 12:42:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/keen-wealth-advisors-donates-its-time-to-the-veterans-community-project/ The Keen Wealth team has spent time volunteering with the Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness nationwide. OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wealth Management Advisorsa financial advisory firm based in Overland Park, Kansasis proud to announce that its team donated its time by volunteering with the Veterans […]]]>

The Keen Wealth team has spent time volunteering with the Veterans Community Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending veteran homelessness nationwide.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wealth Management Advisorsa financial advisory firm based in Overland Park, Kansasis proud to announce that its team donated its time by volunteering with the Veterans Community Project (VCP), a non-profit organization, independent of federal funding, dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans nationwide.

“VCP is transforming cities across the country, and 90% of the veterans they help get back on their feet and reacclimate to society,” says Bill Keen, founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. “They make a huge difference to from Kansas City veterans, and the Keen Wealth team is grateful to help. »

Unfortunately, many veterans do not receive the services they need because access is complex and difficult to navigate. According to a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs14 of the 20 veterans who die by suicide every day were not connected to the VA or another support agency.

In June 2021, the Bill and Carissa Keen Charitable Foundation and Keen Wealth Advisors awarded a $100,000 grant to develop the Veterans Navigation Campus at Kansas City, Missouri. This innovative initiative will harness the collective power of the local veterans services community and a coalition of trusted partners, including local nonprofits and businesses, to help veterans in their areas of expertise. respective.

“VCP is called a community project for a reason,” says Brandon Mixon, co-founder of VCP, project manager and retired US Army specialist. “Community partners like the Keen family and Keen Wealth Advisors are the reason we can do what we do.”

About Keen Wealth Advisors
As an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, Keen Wealth Advisors is focused on providing personalized financial planning designed to help people thrive before and during their retirement years.

Keen Wealth Advisors was founded by CEO Bill Keen, a licensed retirement planning advisor℠ and financial advisor with 28 years of industry experience. Reflecting his passion for educating others, Bill co-hosts the “Want to retirepodcast and is the author of Want to retirea book focused on the common steps in developing a financial plan and the psychological and emotional challenges associated with retirement.

Keen Wealth Advisors also serves Kansas areas Prairie Village, Leawood, Lenexa.

For more information, visit www.KeenWealthAdvisors.com.

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SBA Seeks Candidates for Veterans Program | Business https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/sba-seeks-candidates-for-veterans-program-business/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 15:35:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/sba-seeks-candidates-for-veterans-program-business/ the US Small Business Administration invites eligible nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, private sector companies, and institutions of higher education to submit proposals to provide synchronous online entrepreneurship training to transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses. The training will be a continuation of the training participants receive through the SBA’s Boots to Business […]]]>

the US Small Business Administration invites eligible nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, private sector companies, and institutions of higher education to submit proposals to provide synchronous online entrepreneurship training to transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses.

The training will be a continuation of the training participants receive through the SBA’s Boots to Business training program.

The SBA expects to award a cooperative agreement based on this announcement. For specific instructions on obtaining, completing and submitting an application, visit grants.gov and search for opportunity number SB-OVB2-22-002 or CFDA 59.044.

Proposals submitted through other media, including the SBA website, will be rejected and not evaluated. Submissions should be sent via grants.gov no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 11.

The SBA Veterans Affairs Development Office will host an information session at 2 p.m. on March 18 to answer questions about the funding opportunity. Information: sba.gov.

Questions about B2B financing can be submitted to Jerry Godwin at jerry.godwin@sba.gov by 5 p.m. March 16.

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DMV is working toward a “self-sufficient military veteran community” https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/dmv-is-working-toward-a-self-sufficient-military-veteran-community/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 11:18:34 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/dmv-is-working-toward-a-self-sufficient-military-veteran-community/ A SAMHS warrant officer assists a veteran during a parade. The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) maintains that it is making progress in its “quest to provide a dignified, unified, self-reliant, and self-reliant military veteran community.” A DMV statement, released a day before its Executive Director Irene Mpolweni’s appearance at a scheduled meeting of the […]]]>

The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) maintains that it is making progress in its “quest to provide a dignified, unified, self-reliant, and self-reliant military veteran community.”

A DMV statement, released a day before its Executive Director Irene Mpolweni’s appearance at a scheduled meeting of the House Defense Portfolio and Veterans Affairs Committee (PCDMV), says DMV support enables veterans to contribute to nation building and reconciliation. This is being done through partnerships to “enhance and sustain the livelihoods of the military veteran community,” according to the statement released by DMV media liaison Lebogang Mothapa.

As part of its mandate, the DMV has provided educational support to military veterans and their dependents since fiscal year 2013/14. In the current fiscal year, 1,978 primary education learners are enrolled with DMV scholarships and 644 higher education scholarships have been approved for the same period.

The statement notes, “There have been difficulties with the administration of the scholarships due to schools’ non-compliance on tax matters and the submission of unpaid bills from schools and colleges.”

“The DMV has supported over 400 graduates since the scholarship’s inception. The list includes qualified doctors, engineers and lawyers, among various esteemed professions.

As for vocational training, the statement presents it as “an ongoing key component” of its overall military veteran support program.

Earlier this year, 149 veterans were trained as peace officers in partnership with PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of SA) at Koeberg Training Center in Western Cape.

Another skills development project is digital literacy, with training carried out in collaboration with SITA (National Information Technology Agency). This happens over a three-year period, boosting employability and entrepreneurship among veterans. From the statement, it appears that the first “admission” – so to speak – took place earlier this month (February) when “more than 80 Gauteng-based military veterans and their dependents” began a digital literacy training at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vanderbijlpark.

The statement ends with an update on the DMV database indicating that the finalization of the integrated database management system (IDMS) will be launched “soon”.

“IDMS will ensure a credible, secure and reliable electronic system for the service and benefit of military veterans.”

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Mace’s bipartisan bill improves federal homeless veterans program https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/maces-bipartisan-bill-improves-federal-homeless-veterans-program/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 22:44:17 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/maces-bipartisan-bill-improves-federal-homeless-veterans-program/ U.S. Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan bill Feb. 9 to improve how local case management services are provided to homeless veterans through a collaborative federal program. Rep. Mace co-sponsored the HUD VASH Case Manager Act, HR 6677, alongside the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA), which would amend federal law to change […]]]>

U.S. Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan bill Feb. 9 to improve how local case management services are provided to homeless veterans through a collaborative federal program.

Rep. Mace co-sponsored the HUD VASH Case Manager Act, HR 6677, alongside the bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA), which would amend federal law to change eligibility requirements for collaborating entities with the VA Secretary to provide case management services. to homeless veterans through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development-United States Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH).

“This bill allows the VA the flexibility to hire local case managers,” Rep. Mace said. “We are always looking for ways to improve services for veterans, and this bill will help the VA attract more qualified and experienced social workers, thereby optimizing our programs for those who have served our country.”

The HUD-VASH program website states that the program combines rental assistance from HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher with VA case management and support services for homeless veterans. These services help veterans and their families find and maintain permanent housing and access health care, mental health treatment, addictions counseling and other supports to help them through their recovery process and maintain their housing.

Although successful, annual reports show that the HUD-VASH program faces challenges in recruiting and retaining case managers, who are integral to running the program with maximum effectiveness, according to information provided by HUD-VASH staff. representing Mace.

HR 6677 has been referred to both the US House Veterans Affairs Committee and the US House Financial Services Committee for review.

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Vetwork, Lacey’s Veterans Charity Restores Trust After Employee Arrests https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/vetwork-laceys-veterans-charity-restores-trust-after-employee-arrests/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 10:01:48 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/vetwork-laceys-veterans-charity-restores-trust-after-employee-arrests/ Before his death on May 31 – Memorial Day, as fate would have it – 78-year-old Lacey resident Thomas Ralph Mariano’s last wish was to be buried with military honours. There was a problem for the family of the U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam and rose to the rank of sergeant: His DD […]]]>

Before his death on May 31 – Memorial Day, as fate would have it – 78-year-old Lacey resident Thomas Ralph Mariano’s last wish was to be buried with military honours.

There was a problem for the family of the U.S. Army veteran, who served in Vietnam and rose to the rank of sergeant: His DD 214 form, which proves military service and discharge status, could not be found.

Mariano’s daughter, Maja Meighan, contacted the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

“They said, ‘It’s going to take us two weeks,'” she says.

It was too long. Distraught, she contacted Vetwork, a Lacey-based charity for veterans founded in 1984.

“They got Dad’s form right away,” Meighan said. “The funeral home was shocked they got it so quickly.”

Military Foot Stone for Thomas Ralph Mariano, a Lacey Veteran

Vetwork learned that Mariano took out a home loan through The Brick’s VA office, which had a copy of his DD 214 form on file. Mariano received a military funeral and his 16-year-old grandson – Meighan’s son – received the American flag draped over the casket.

“The whole thing was breathtaking,” Meighan said. “My son has it in his room now.”

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Veterans Community Care Program: VA should strengthen its ability to identify ineligible health care providers https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-care-program-va-should-strengthen-its-ability-to-identify-ineligible-health-care-providers/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/veterans-community-care-program-va-should-strengthen-its-ability-to-identify-ineligible-health-care-providers/ Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health shall ensure that Community Care Network contractors perform automated monthly checks for all VCCP providers against the HHS OIG LEIE using SSN, date of birth and other unique identifiers. (Recommendation 1) Open To open Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken […]]]>
Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health shall ensure that Community Care Network contractors perform automated monthly checks for all VCCP providers against the HHS OIG LEIE using SSN, date of birth and other unique identifiers. (Recommendation 1)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care identifies and implements a process to notify planners of specific HHS OIG LEIE waiver specifications. (Recommendation 2)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care revises its vendor exclusion standard operating procedures to require automated matching of vendors in PPMS with the SAM exclusions file using at the both the TIN and the NPI as identifiers. (Recommendation 3)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care consults with the GSA Administrator to correct technical issues to ensure that VHA can regularly monitor PPMS providers on the SAM Exclusions file. (Recommendation 4)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health is to ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care performs automated matching of the PPMS with the LEIE, SAM and NPPES in accordance with the monthly schedule outlined in its standard operating procedures. exclusion of suppliers. (Recommendation 5)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Undersecretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care identifies the inherent fraud risks associated with VCCP provider address checks. (Recommendation 6)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Undersecretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care assesses the likelihood and impact of inherent fraud risks associated with VCCP provider address checks. (Recommendation 7)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care determines the fraud risk tolerance related to VCCP provider address checks. (Recommendation 8)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Office of Community Care reviews the adequacy of existing fraud checks related to VCCP provider address checks. (Recommendation 9)

Open

Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Under Secretary of Health should ensure that the VHA Community Care Office documents the fraud risk profile related to VCCP provider address checks. (Recommendation 10)

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Actions to meet the intent of the recommendation have not been taken or are being planned, or actions that partially meet the intent of the recommendation have been taken.

Once we have confirmed the actions taken by the agency in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

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University of Phoenix executive elected to National Association of Veterans Program Administrators board https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/university-of-phoenix-executive-elected-to-national-association-of-veterans-program-administrators-board/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/university-of-phoenix-executive-elected-to-national-association-of-veterans-program-administrators-board/ PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phoenix University is pleased to announce the election of Andrea Siegrist-Baez, Director of Veterans Affairs Operations, to the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) Board of Directors as Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Membership and Region Delegate VII. In the role of NAVPA’s Board of Directors, Siegrist-Baez will represent and support institutions […]]]>

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Phoenix University is pleased to announce the election of Andrea Siegrist-Baez, Director of Veterans Affairs Operations, to the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) Board of Directors as Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Membership and Region Delegate VII.

In the role of NAVPA’s Board of Directors, Siegrist-Baez will represent and support institutions and members in Region VII, serving AZ, NM, OK, TX and UT. Siegrist-Baez was previously elected to the NAVPA Council of Delegates by other voting members in Region VII and served as chairman of the membership committee.

“All of us at the University of Phoenix are proud of Andrea for her active involvement with NAVPA and in particular her election to the Board of Trustees,” says John Woods, provost at the University of Phoenix. “She is a champion for veteran students to have the best possible experience, both here at the University and in the wider NAVPA community.”

In her current role at the University located within the Office of the Registrar, Siegrist-Baez leads the Veterans Operations team in supporting veteran students, reviewing their schedule, courses and enrollment, and submitting certificates of registration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“When I first joined NAVPA, it was such a positive experience to meet people who supported student veterans and to share that energy and passion to help. ‘a special organization to belong to, a mission-based community, and I’m proud to now be part of their mission leadership,’ shares Siegrist-Baez.

NAVPA is a recognized organization of program administrators who work for universities and colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs across the United States to ensure veteran students receive the best service and support. most accurate access to their GI Bill® benefits. The NAVPA Board of Directors works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, and Department of Defense to promote the improvement and expansion of all educational opportunities for active duty personnel, veterans and their dependents.

The University of Phoenix is ​​a NAVPA member institution and the university leadership has a history of service with NAVPA. The University’s Vice President of Veterans Affairs and Military Government Affairs, Patrick Sutliff, is also an executive member and general delegate of the NAVPA Board of Directors. He served on the board of directors for 27 years.

Siegrist-Baez previously served as director of classroom operations at the University of Phoenix. She has been an employee of the University for 20 years.

Learn more about NAVPA at https://navpa.org/.

About the University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is ​​continually innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

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Legion seeks to expand homeless veterans program to Wellington County and Guelph https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/legion-seeks-to-expand-homeless-veterans-program-to-wellington-county-and-guelph/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/legion-seeks-to-expand-homeless-veterans-program-to-wellington-county-and-guelph/ Over 980 homeless veterans have been identified in 184 municipalities across the province since the program began in 2009 WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Homelessness Program for Ontario Veterans is finally expanding its program by forming regional committees across the province, including one in the Wellington County and another in Guelph. […]]]>

Over 980 homeless veterans have been identified in 184 municipalities across the province since the program began in 2009

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Homelessness Program for Ontario Veterans is finally expanding its program by forming regional committees across the province, including one in the Wellington County and another in Guelph.

The Legion program Operation Leave the Streets Behind has been serving homeless veterans across Ontario since 2009. The program aims to end homelessness among veterans.

“When a homeless veteran is identified, we ask them to complete the relief and release request form. Once completed, it is sent to Veterans Affairs to verify that the applicant has served in the Canadian military. This form allows the Legion and VAC to access information to better understand their current situation,” explained Dave Gordon, Chair of RCL Ontario Command Homeless Veterans Committees.

“Once completed, the legion will determine what the veteran’s immediate needs are and take appropriate action to meet those needs such as food, clothing or housing.”

RCL Ontario Command provides gift cards from Walmart, Tim Hortons or a local food store, housing and rent payments to meet immediate needs. They work alongside the 395 Legion branches in Ontario to meet the needs of veterans.

For more than a decade, the program has helped more than 662 homeless veterans find permanent housing.

Over 980 homeless veterans have been identified in 184 municipalities across the province since the program began.

According to Mark Poste, Director of County Housing Services, five veterans are currently chronically homeless in Wellington County and are on the list of names.

Since the program began, however, there have been approximately 26 homeless veterans identified in the county.

“We have grown and moved forward since the launch of our program in November 2009, and periodically we have found the need for additional help and assistance,” Gordon explained.

“Recently we looked back and wondered what we were missing and how we could expand the program or how we could involve local communities. So we started working with the Ontario Provincial Police and local municipalities and local legions to implement this program for veterans and their families.

Gordon explained that the next step for the Ontario Branch of the RCL is to create regional committees in local municipalities such as Wellington County and Guelph to further expand its homelessness program.

“If we are able to set up a committee on the ground in Wellington County, it means Ontario Command staff and working with local communities to educate them and help local veterans in homelessness,” he said.

Regional committees have already been formed in Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and London.

There are currently 393 Branches in Ontario and RCL Ontario Management wants to involve all Branches. Hence the need for regional committees.

A newly formed committee would ideally work with the county, as well as the police to identify ways to help veterans in need of support. Ideally, RCL hopes to have an area committee comprising one representative from each of the seven Legion branches in Wellington County.

Currently, the formation of regional committees for Wellington County, Guelph and other regions is in its infancy.

“Committees are still in their infancy. Right now we are creating the terms of reference and working with our partners. Once we’re done, we’ll send them out across the province,” Gordon said.

To date, over $2.8 million has been disbursed from the Ontario Command Homeless Veterans Fund and over $100,000 from the Ladies Auxiliary. There has been no financial support from any level of government.

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Saratoga County Brings Back ‘Honoring Our Deceased Veterans’ Program – Saratogian https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/saratoga-county-brings-back-honoring-our-deceased-veterans-program-saratogian/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/saratoga-county-brings-back-honoring-our-deceased-veterans-program-saratogian/ BALLSTON SPA, NY – Saratoga County relaunched its Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program this month, recognizing Robert G. Mitchell for a lifetime of service to his country, county and community. Mitchell, who founded the Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program while serving as director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency, was the first to be […]]]>

BALLSTON SPA, NY – Saratoga County relaunched its Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program this month, recognizing Robert G. Mitchell for a lifetime of service to his country, county and community.

Mitchell, who founded the Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program while serving as director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency, was the first to be honored upon returning from monthly ceremonies, which were temporarily halted in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers at the recent ceremony, held in the chambers of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors in Ballston Spa, marveled at Mitchell’s extensive record of service.

Mitchell enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War. His naval career included a total of over five years of service overseas or at sea. For his military service, he was awarded the Defense Service Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and Navy Good Conduct Medal. marine professional service.

Additionally, he has held positions with the Saratoga Springs Police Department, New York State Park Police, Saratoga Springs Department of Public Safety, New York City Peace Officers Racing Association and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Mitchell eventually landed what he called his “favorite” job running the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency. In this role, he was instrumental in coordinating a number of county initiatives to support and honor veterans, including the establishment of the Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program in 1999, hosting the Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall and military and veteran appreciation concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts. Center.

Additionally, Mitchel was a proud member of many community organizations including St. Clement’s Church, Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 181, Gurtler Brothers VFW 420, Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus, Fleet Reserve, New York State County Service Officers Association, National County Service Association, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York State Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, and former Congressman John Sweeney’s task force.

At the ceremony, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Kusnierz declared November 16, 2021 in honor of Mitchell’s memory.

“How fitting that we recognize the individual, the veteran, who started the program here in Saratoga County,” Kusnierz said before reading the proclamation.

Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency Director Frank McClement spoke personally about how Mitchell helped his father receive veteran’s benefits and how it inspired him to pursue later. a career in the agency. “It meant so much to us and to all the families,” McClement said of Mitchell’s service as an advocate for local veterans and their families.

“What Bob meant to the veterans of this county, I don’t think we could ever really really repay Bob – but the thing is, if we tried, he wouldn’t take it,” McClement said. “It was Bob, and we are grateful to him for that.”

Mitchell was also praised for his service at the ceremony by Mechanicville City Supervisor Tom Richardson, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, Senator Daphne Jordan , MP Mary Beth Walsh and representatives from the offices of MP Carrie Woerner and MP Elise Stefanik.

The Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program will resume its regular monthly schedule beginning in January 2022. Ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chambers, located at 40 McMaster St. in Ballston Spa. .

For more information about the Honor Ceremony for Departed Veterans, contact the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency at (518) 884-4115.

U.S. Navy veteran Robert G. Mitchell, former director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency, was honored at this month’s Honoring Our Fallen Veterans Ceremony, a program which he originally founded. (Photo provided)
Saratoga County’s Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program returned this month in recognition of Robert G. Mitchell, who founded the program while serving as director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency. Frank McClement, who currently holds this position, speaks at the ceremony. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Kusnierz speaks during the final Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program recognizing Robert G. Mitchell. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
The family of Robert G. Mitchell receives a certificate from Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Kusnierz, right, during the final Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
The family of Robert G. Mitchell receives a certificate from Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Kusnierz, right, during the final Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
The family of Robert G. Mitchell gathers with elected officials and other supporters for an Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors chambers in Ballston Spa. Mitchell founded this program when he was director of the Saratoga County Veterans Services Agency. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
Each Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program ends with a gun salute and the raising of the flag. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
Participants gather outside for a flag raising as part of the Honoring Our Deceased Veterans program for Robert G. Mitchell. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
An American flag is raised in honor of Robert G. Mitchell outside the Saratoga County offices in Ballston Spa. (Lauren Halligan – MediaNews Group)
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Inner Voice, Illinois’ oldest veterans program, provides housing and employment services https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/inner-voice-illinois-oldest-veterans-program-provides-housing-and-employment-services/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://unitedchildrenofveterans.com/inner-voice-illinois-oldest-veterans-program-provides-housing-and-employment-services/ Abraham Lincoln once said, “Take care of the battle bearer, his widow and his orphan. It is the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs. And the Inner Voice program honors that motto by offering support to veterans who are at risk of losing their homes, who are currently homeless and/or unemployed. Inner Voice operates […]]]>

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Take care of the battle bearer, his widow and his orphan. It is the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs. And the Inner Voice program honors that motto by offering support to veterans who are at risk of losing their homes, who are currently homeless and/or unemployed.

Inner Voice operates the longest running homeless veterans reintegration/HVRP program in the state and recently moved into their new location at the Eddie Beard Veterans Home at 8040 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.

“We take participants who might not be successful in a traditional residential treatment program,” Eddie Beard Vet House Director Halbert Williams said. “We meet participants where they are, work with them, house them first, and create a blueprint in their individual service plan for their goals and objectives to achieve independent living.”

Navy veteran, Henry featured in this story

HVRP assists homeless veterans in Cook, Will, Kankakee, and Iroquois counties by gaining and maintaining gainful employment through training and job placement. They also work on interview preparation, online job search assistance, clothing, and transportation.

Some of the services offered include short-term rental assistance, emergency financial assistance, furniture, transit cards, emergency food, case management, financial literacy and skills of life.

For more information on Inner Voice and their veterans programs, click here.

Find a new home with the help of Inner Voice

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