Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation
Judy Neal – Chairman
1260 190th Street
Earlham, IA 50072
VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHABILATION 2019-2020
What is this program, and why do we have it?
The Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation program promotes our mission to enhance the lives of
U.S. veterans, military, and their families.
Coming home for a veteran can be a change that is hard for them and their families. We can help them make the transition to a new life. By helping them you can assist them to reach new goals. As Iowa ALA Members there is a multitude of things that are available for you to help with. Volunteer to serve the veterans and their families at VA health care facilities through the Veteran Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) and ask others to join. Record your hours through the volunteer hour tracking system, which is different than tracking outside the system to earn service bars (See VA&R – Service to Veterans). The hours the volunteers log at the hospitals and CBOCs are recognized by logging in at the hospitals.
-Give a helping hand to the Legion's homeless veteran.
-Participate in the VA Project CHALENG organized by the VA health care system.
-Volunteer at homeless veterans’ stand downs.
-Contact homeless veteran emergency shelters, transitional housing projects and
permanent housing projects in your community and identify the organization's
volunteer and in-kind contribution needs, including:
- Meal preparation and serving
- Clothes collection and distribution
- Assembly and delivery of hygiene kits, buddy baskets
- Purchasing or securing household items or furniture
- Support rehabilitation and healing of veterans through arts, crafts, and hobbies.
Monetary Donations: They should always be sent to Department Office earmarked for the facility of your choice. Send a letter to that facility to tell them of your donation and what you want it used for.
Mid-Year Reports: Write a report that reflects how you have worked the program. The report is due December 15, 2019.
- How you participated in the caregiver support program?
- Describe any exceptional efforts your members made in earning their Service to Veterans Hours.
- What assistance did you give at a stand down in your department?
VA&R Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements:
Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and Awards Cover Sheet. Report and Awards Cover Sheet, April 30, 2020 is the deadline for your report. VA&R committee contact information may be found on the VA&R committee page on the national website, www.ALAforVeterans.org.
National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) support recognition for donations made through the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation: Bronze $1,000 - $2,499, Silver $2,500 - $4,999 and Gold $5,000 - $14,999 – for donations received – August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020.
National Award: VAVS Volunteer of the Year Award/ALA NAC Nominee is a person that has given extraordinary service to our veterans through the ALA VA & R program.
Member Award: 10,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached 10,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)
Member Award: 20,000 Hour Volunteer Service Award: given to volunteers who have reached 20,000 hours of service in a VA facility during this year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)
Department Recognition from The American Legion Award: Michael Guty Homeless Veterans Outreach
- Please note this is not an ALA award, it must be submitted to The American Legion.
- The required nomination form is available at www.legion.org or by writing or calling the Veterans Employment and Education Commission, The American Legion, 1608 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006; phone 202-861-2700; by email at VE&E@legion.org; or on the VA&R program page at www.ALAforVeterans.org.
James H. Parke Scholarship
- This substantial scholarship is awarded annually by Veterans Affairs to a student volunteer.
- The American Legion Auxiliary contributes $2,000 annually to this scholarship fund
- For eligibility (see VA&R program page on the National Website)
Additional Resources You Can Use
- Homeless Veterans Coalition: www.nchv.org
- Other “How to Sheets” can be found at ALAforVeterans.org
- Quilts of Valor: www.qovf.org
- VA Homeless Programs: www.va.gov/homeless/
- HUD Homeless Assistance Programs: https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/pro grams
- On-Call: Handbook for Homeless Veterans and Service Providers www.legion.org/publications/168493/homeless-veterans-handbook
- The American Legion Family Support Network: www.legion.org/familysupport
- American Legion Auxiliary Veterans Creative Activities Action Guide, www.ALAforVeterans.org
- National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov
- The national VA&R Committee Facebook group, search ALA Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VA&R)
- Your national VA&R committee members (see VA&R program page on the national website or Annual Supplement for contact information)