The Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS) is a legislatively mandated program operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services.
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The Virginia General Assembly appropriates roughly $2M per year to fund the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program (VVFS). Although generous, state funding is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of service to Virginia’s veterans. Support from individuals, veterans service organizations, and the private sector is crucial to maintain a quality statewide program.
How to Give
The Virginia Veterans Services Foundation receives contributions in support of VVFS. The Foundation strives to ensure contributions directly serve our veterans. There are several ways to make a contribution to the program through the Veterans Services Foundation as shown below. Please make sure that your donation is clearly marked to the Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program c/o of the Veterans Services Foundation.
The Virginia Veterans Services Foundation accepts donations to support critical programs and services for Virginia’s veterans and their families that are not covered by state or federal funds.
- Donate to the Veterans Services Foundation by mail. Download the VVFS donation brochure card. Your contribution may be tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 170 (c) and Code of Virginia Section 2.2.2719. Donations can be used only for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program and cannot revert to the Commonwealth’s General Fund.
Mail contributions to:
The Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program, c/o Veterans Services Foundation
101 N. 14th Street, 17th Floor Richmond, VA 23219
The following are examples of services that may be available through the following networks of public and private providers:
- Comprehensive and timely assessment
- Case management
- Outpatient treatment
- Outreach activities
- Rehabilitative services
- Family support
- Linkage to benefits services, housing, employment and educational programs
The Virginia Veterans Corps (VVC)-an AmeriCorps program was first established in 2011 to assist the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (now Virginia Veteran and Family Support) in carrying out its mission of assisting Virginia Veterans dealing with stress related disorders and traumatic brain injuries and helping them connect to resources in the community. Since its inception the Virginia Veterans Corps has directly impacted the lives of individuals from the military community by directing them to resources to address the following needs:
- Mental and Physical Health Treatment
- Financial Counseling and Assistance
- Registering veterans for military related benefits
Currently, the program has 22 members who are called Navigators and who serve at 10 service sites throughout Hampton Roads assisting military personnel and their families these sites include:
- Goodwill Employment
- Armed Service YMCA
- Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society
- STOP, Inc.
- Virginia Supportive Housing (Richmond)
- Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation
- Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program
- Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP)
The Virginia Veterans Corps program year runs from September-July and Navigators who are part-time are responsible for completing 900 hours of service. During their service term, Navigators serve at their individual site, assisting veterans and active duty service families with a variety of needs which include assistance with childcare, employment, emergency financial assistance, and access to community resources which will meet their individual needs. In addition to their commitment to the efforts at their individual sites, the Navigators participate at a number of community outreach events and participate in 4 service projects as an AmeriCorps Team.
If you would like more information on the Virginia Veterans Corps and AmeriCorps opportunities with DVS, please contact Beth.Rebholz@dvs.virginia.gov.
In the past some of these events have included:
- Operation Homefront’s Toy Drive and Distribution
- Peninsula Town Center Celebration of the Military Child Festival
- Community Resource Fairs
- Veterans Coffee Hours
- Armed Services YMCA Father-Daughter Military Ball
- FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia and Easter Shore Special MLK Day Event
- Tidewater Military Family Services Council Fall Festival