GUEST BLOG: What is a ‘Sheep Dog’?

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Giving wounded heroes ("Sheep Dogs") a new outlook on life Military veterans and first responders, who we refer to as “Sheep Dogs,” have an innate need to serve and help those around them. At Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (www.sheepdogia.org), we recognize this and strive to provide continued service opportunities that offer the physical challenges and camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends. We do this through three major programs: Disaster Response Missions, Outdoor Adventures and Holiday Assistance. Through our Outdoor Adventure Program, Sheep dogs that have been injured in the line of duty are provided with meaningful and impactful experiences which help them reengage in a healthy lifestyle and improve their well being. Through this program Army Specialist Scott West was sponsored to participate in one of our skydiving adventures. A Life of Recovery

GUEST BLOG: Caring for Elderly Veterans

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The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center works diligently to support elderly veterans By: Yvonne Napolitano, Executive Director The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center (SJRC) is located in rural, Prescott Valley, AZ. SJRC is the only adult day health program in northern AZ and is just one program of more than 5000 adult day health centers across the nation. SJRC provides therapeutic, personalized care services for those having varying chronic illnesses and disabilities including but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, diabetes, physical/cognitive impairments like traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, developmental disabilities, and mental illnesses. SJRC is proud to be serving veterans which are approximately 50% of its daily attendees. Thanks to the late founding SJRC Executive Director Susan J. Rheem (1947-2010) and her advocacy efforts at the national level in the 1980’s,

DVNF Veteran Employee Spotlight – Gary Hwang

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An Army Veteran who can handle whatever comes his way As part of DVNF’s commitment to serving the men and women who stood in our defense, we understand the importance of having team members who have been in their shoes. The following story gives some background on one of the veterans working at DVNF. Gary Hwang came to DVNF in September of 2017 as our Accounting Assistant. We're pleased to have this combat veteran join our team! Below is our interview with Gary about his background and his service. Tell us a little about your service – branch, rank, interesting positions you had, what your job was, where you served, when you served, how long, etc. Did you serve in combat? I served a total of 6 years from 2008 to 2014. I was in the MD National Guard for 3

What Grant Recipients Are Saying

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Partnerships Helping Our Heroes DVNF's Capacity Building grants are intended for like-minded organizations who support the mental and physical wellbeing of veterans in their communities through their own unique programs. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we are helping to make veterans' lives better together. Here's what some of our recent grantees are saying: .@DVNF grant to fund on-going programmatic activities for injured & disabled active duty and veterans nationwide.https://t.co/eHHE2gBIqW — ProjectHealingWaters (@PHWFF) August 21, 2017 For #BeAnAngel Day we'd like to recognize @DVNF for their support of our Semper Sound program! — Resounding Joy Inc (@RJoyInc) August 22, 2017 Big thank you to @DVNF for another year of support of our Operation Healthy Reunions program. Its always great to work with your team! — VCNCT (@2011vcnct) August 23, 2017 A big thank you to the @DVNF for their generous

Guest Blog: Career Training is Vital to Many Veterans

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Institute for Career Development Discusses Veterans' Need for Job Training  One hundred years ago, ICD launched a first-of-its-kind center to rehabilitate returning WWI veterans with service-related disabilities.  Three years ago, we saw that a new approach was needed to meet the needs of today’s veterans, particularly those serving in the military post-9/11.  Since then, ICD’s Veterans for Employment (VFE) program has helped hundreds of veterans with diverse skills, experiences, and interests start satisfying careers. Our staff coaches veterans on writing resumes, searching for jobs, interviewing and other integral career skills. Most importantly, the staff goes the extra mile to meet each veteran where they are and to tailor services accordingly, connecting each veteran to the resources that work for them. In today’s complex employment environment, professional networking can be the key to finding the right job and getting promotions.  Yet,