Subject: VetConnectNTX May 2016 Newsletter

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Large Crowd for Veterans Needs Assessment Briefing and Discussion
Over 170 elected officials, policy-makers, service providers and veteran advocates from across the North Texas region participated in a Briefing and Discussion on March 29, 2016. The event was hosted by the North Texas Veterans Funders Collaborative (NTVFC).

In 2015, the NTVFC commissioned an independent needs assessment covering veterans of all eras in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which includes 13 counties.  The research was conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and found that Dallas-Fort Worth area veterans face diverse challenges including access to VA services, economics, housing, and transportation issues, with many of these issues exacerbated by the region's booming economy.

According to NTVFC representative, Michelle D. Monse, “Collaborative members have a shared interest in serving veterans and decided to begin learning about local needs and resources. Today, we discussed the Assessment results with the veterans’ services community. Participants also exchanged information about their organizations and services.”

Results of the “Needs Assessment: Veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region” as well as the CNAS PowerPoint presentation and videos of the Briefing and Panel Discussion are available at www.VetConnectNTX.org.
You are cordially invited to attend

What Our Communities Are Teaching Us:
Strategies Aimed at Coordinating Services, Resources, and Care for America’s Transitioning Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

A Panel Event Spotlighting Local Market Initiatives From Around the Country.

When: 
Monday, June 13th, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Where: 
Goodwill Industries of Dallas Conference Center

3020 N. Westmoreland Road, Dallas, TX 75212

Sponsored by the
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), the Walmart Foundation, and the North Texas Veterans Funders Collaborative

Did you miss the Briefing event on March 29?

Want to share the Briefing, Panel Discussion and Q&A?

Here is the link to VetConnectNTX on YouTube.
Study authors Katherine Kidder and Phillip Carter from CNAS.
Moderator Bob Ray Sanders taking audience questions for panelists: Sheila Holbrook-White, John Burruss and Domingo Rodriguez.
Attendee Feedback
More than half of event attendees completed a feedback survey. The graph shows the types of organizations they represented.
82% agreed that the Assessment data was relevant to their work.
72% agreed that follow up actions would result from the meeting.
78% plan to register at www.VetConnectNTX.org for updates.
NTVFC received many comments and questions about solutions and next steps.

What’s Next?  Coming November 2016
Resource directory for veterans, military families and their advocates.

Searching for nonprofit resources online can be overwhelming. Starting in November 2016, VetConnectNTX.org will make that task easier for veterans, military families, and social work professionals in North Texas.

The resource directory on the site will contain an easily searchable directory of nonprofit and government agency programs serving North Texas veterans that have been reviewed and approved by volunteer teams.  The teams will include professional grantmakers, veterans, military family members, and community volunteers.  The goal is to provide an easy to use and reliable source of trusted information and resources.  

North Texas veteran service agencies are encouraged to participate in the VetConnectNTX application process for the online directory. Letters have been sent to a preliminary list of 45 agencies representing a spectrum of sizes, geography and service areas. Some of those agencies are already working on their online profiles. For more information, contact the Project Manager, Steven Braudt, at 
projectmanager@VetConnectNTX.org, or 972.379.7526

VetConnectNTX is a project of the North Texas Veterans Funders Collaborative.

Get listed in VetConnectNTX online Directory

Has your agency submitted an application to be listed in the VetConnectNTX Directory? 

VetConnectNTX will:

♦ Provide a list of vetted and proven resources for area Veterans. 

♦ Give your organization exposure to potential donors. 

♦ Make your efforts known to other Veteran Serving Organizations and vice-versa. 

Veterans service agencies are encouraged to apply. 
Please contact projectmanager@VetConnectNTX.org for more information.
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