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Answering the Call of Duty with VetCorps

by Kate Enos

Today, a group of young men and women, many of them veterans, will stand up and pledge to “get things done for America”. They will join a legion of more than 750,000 Americans who have served in AmeriCorps and become the first class to also serve as VetCorps members.

Over the past 10 years, more than two million military men and women have served in war zones. Their honor and selflessness – and that of their families – makes America proud, but more can be done to support them during their deployment, upon homecoming and to support them as they transition back to civilian life.

What began as an idea to help address the issue of difficult transitions has formed into a unique partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, and the National Guard Bureau to form VetCorps.

In this program, military veterans and community leaders in 28 states will serve as AmeriCorps members. Working together to ensure that key services are available in their communities, VetCorps members will be making a substantial impact in the lives of our veterans and military families.

A Sustained Commitment to Returning Heroes

While this isn't the first veteran's service corps supported by CNCS, it is the largest. This year, VetCorps will support up to 100 full-time AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members in 28 states.

VetCorps members will help the record number of returning servicemen and women gain access to a wide range of support such as housing, employment, and behavioral or physical health services. In doing so, these members help to fulfill our nation's solemn obligation to prepare and protect those we send into harm's way, and to give them every bit of care they and their families need when they return.

Supporting our troops, veterans and military families is a top priority of this Administration. At the Corporation for National and Community Service, we're dedicated to this critical work.

As an agency, we are working to increase the assistance we provide to veterans and military families through national service and connecting them to the full range of services and opportunities available to them. We also aim to tap the extraordinary skills, experience and leadership ability of veterans in AmeriCorps and our other national service programs – engaging them in a new mission on the home front.

Interested in VetCorps? Learn more about how to become a member.

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