A recent news release from the Office of Public and International Affairs announced that through a new program called a summer of service effort, the signup for volunteers has now tripled in VA facilities nationwide. The summer of service initiative, which began in May, is being seen as more than just a success: it exceeded the goal for volunteers needed, which may alleviate the pressure felt by some VA employees who feel short staffed.
Approximately 300,000 people across the nation have committed to becoming a volunteer to serve veterans and help develop a partnership with their families. The Secretary of Veteran Affairs was proudly impressed by the new outpouring of support for our nation's veterans. He admits there is a lot more work ahead for the VA and its volunteers, but for those that wish to positively impact the lives of our veterans, the summer of service effort was a great start.
Local communities, nonprofit organizations and private sector companies have worked closely with the VA to help provide veterans and their families with supplemental services and other beneficial programs. As part of the summer of service, local VA facilities around the nation held open houses for their veterans and volunteers. It is the VA's hope that these open houses worked to build relationships, communication and more interest in the programs offered.
Coming at the tail end of the news of a VA benefit backlog that caused thousands of veterans to die before ever receiving benefits, the success of the VA summer of service is much needed. For veterans looking for additional services, resources and benefits, speaking to a trusted elder law attorney may help.
Source: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, "VA More Than Triples Volunteers in Facilities Nationwide through Summer of Service," Sept. 9, 2015