Orange County Veterans Survey: Results to be Announced February 2015

The Orange County Community Foundation commissioned USC to conduct the first-ever Orange County Veterans Survey. 1,500 veterans and spouses have been surveyed to assess needs as well as opportunities for new or expanded program development, public policy and community collaboration.  Results to be announced February 19, 2015. Stay tuned for details.

 

 

Orange County Veterans Services Initiative

The Orange County Veterans Services Initiative (OCVSI) is a project of the Orange County Community Foundation that identifies the most pressing challenges facing returning veterans and leverages resources to meet those needs.

As an increasing number of soldiers return home from the Global War on Terror, there is an amplified need to improve transitional services for the men and women who have served our country. Active duty soldiers are coming home with more physical and mental illnesses than in past wars and current government programs are not providing military personnel with the tools they need to successfully transition from military to civilian life. This lack of resources leads to depression, alarming suicide rates, unemployment, poverty and homelessness for local veterans, making it nearly impossible for them to integrate back into their former civilian lives.

OCVSI works to help returning soldiers overcome challenges and transition to civilian life through the following approach:

  • Establish a framework for a regional collaborative effort to provide ongoing financial and volunteer support to organizations serving the Orange County military community
  • Accomplish goals through a public/private partnership consisting of individual donors, companies, foundations, nonprofit organizations and the military
  • Address problems like unemployment and homelessness at their core by focusing on transitional services and job placement and supporting organizations providing services to veterans in these areas
  • Provide opportunities for a personal connection between donors and veterans Build a network of support around veterans in Orange County

Focus Areas

The Orange County Veterans Services Initiative of the Orange County Community Foundation currently focuses on the following areas of service to local veterans:

Transition

OCVSI is working with organizations that assist Veterans transition from military to civilian life.  OCVSI funding enabled National Veterans Transition Services (make this a link to their website) to bring their Reboot transition program to Orange County assisting over 80 veterans with their transition back into our community.

Education

OCVSI and the community foundation have supported our local colleges with funding for each of their Veteran Resource Centers to provide services that assist their veteran students with support both in and outside of the classroom.

Employment Support

OCVSI is working to support (or is engaged with) organizations with programs that help veterans gain employment and start and sustain their own businesses.

Donate to the OCVSI Fund at the Orange County Community Foundation

Current Veterans Needs

Learn about current veterans needs and how you can help by visiting ConnectOC.org

Compiled below are articles and reports on the current needs of veterans in Orange County and throughout the country. Check back often for new findings and opportunities to support soldiers returned home.

Donate to the OCVSI Fund at the Orange County Community Foundation.

Other Ways to Support

Granting

Below are additional organizations providing effective services to local veterans that donors might consider making a grant to:

Volunteering 

Below are organizations providing services to veterans that are in need of volunteer support:

Operation Gratitude

Donate to the OCVSI Fund at the Orange County Community Foundation.

Upcoming Events

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