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Service Impact Award Winner: Habitat for Humanity Vet Corps

by Greg Tucker

Over the next several weeks, we will be profiling the winners of the 2012 Service Impact Awards. Look for their stories and videos here on the blog.

For some veterans, it feels like another battle begins when they return home from serving their country – getting a place to call home.

Habitat for Humanity's Vet Corps works to ensure those who served their country get the support they have earned to avoid homelessness and poverty, and reintegrate into their communities when they leave military service.

Habitat's Vet Corps played a critical role in the rollout of the Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps, Habitat's first national program designed exclusively for veterans. Habitat partnered with the Home Depot Foundation to launch this critical home repair program, offering veterans anything from roof repairs to ease-of-access modifications like railing and ramps to home weatherization. Often other veterans, active duty military personnel, and Home Depot associates are enlisted to work alongside veteran partner families as they repair their homes.

The Vet Corps program works with Habitat affiliates, volunteers, and partner organizations to identify housing, employment, and volunteer opportunities for veterans; support veterans as they make the transition from military to civilian life; and raise public awareness of the full scope of veteran housing needs and solutions.

The Vet Corps initiative has placed 11 AmeriCorps VISTAs at Habitat affiliates across the nation, enabling Habitat to provide more than 300 housing solutions to veterans and military families, recruit veterans as Habitat employees and national service members, and engage veterans as volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity Vet Corps was selected as the People's Choice winner by public voting in the 2012 National Service Impact Awards.

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