The National Association of Counties (NACo) and Army OneSource have partnered to increase the use of data and best practices in developing local policies and practices for improving transitions from the Military to civilian life. Use these training tools, case studies and best practices to help guide your work on behalf of Service members, Veterans and their Families.
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Army OneSource provides county leaders with data from the Defense Department Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to help inform planning, decision making, resource allocation and to better predict future service needs for Veterans. Download the attachment to learn more about the types of data.
Local and State leaders are taking great strides to shape policies, programs and budgets that help improve outcomes for Service members, Veterans and their Families. States and communities are working every day to assure that Military Service leads to successful life as a Military Veteran. Using accurate and timely data can help inform important discussions about enhancing local efforts to demonstrate ways to better connect Military and civilian programs.
In todays push for outcomes and return on investment, using data plays a critical role. Those engaged in policy, planning and service delivery are finding that data is vital to successfully doing their job.
Today’s resource environment is challenging. Program budgets for core efforts are tight, and flexible dollars for new or innovative efforts are increasingly scarce. However, good data can help three key groups target resources for transitioning Service member and Veteran needs.
For a wide variety of reasons, the majority of Veterans receive healthcare and other services somewhere other than the VA. From time to time, Active Duty, Reserve Component and their Families also seek help outside of the Military systems of care. One of the biggest challenges they face is not feeling understood by the providers who serve them.
"Have you or any member of your family served in the military?" Asking this one question can make a big difference for a service member, veteran or family member.
Operated through Army Community Service (ACS) centers, the Employment Readiness Program (ERP) offers employment readiness resources and services to active duty military, active Reserve and National Guard members, military spouses, Wounded Warriors, Retirees, DoD civilians and all family members. Utilize this document to find direct contact information for ACS Directors located in the Atlantic, Central, Europe and Pacific regions.
State and local government leaders, non-profit employees, military transition assistance program managers and practitioners are faced with the simple truth: "We will do better at improving outcomes for service members and veterans if we build stronger connections between the systems that support them." Whether it is addressing employment transition, combat trauma, legal challenges or veterans benefits, those who support transitioning service members and veterans all acknowledge that prevention can create a more successful path.
What does it take to successfully collaborate? The common factors that are making collaborative efforts across the country successful at improving veteran and service member outcomes are very clear.