National Veterans Outreach Program Wins USPS Contract

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One Million two hundred thousand corrugate tray units will be Produced by a Non-Profit company of the American GI Forum.

The National Veterans Outreach Program of the American GI Forum began production of corrugate mail trays for the United States Postal Service, at the Veterans Enterprises of Texas (VETS) manufacturing assembly plant.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently issued the contract award to the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) of the American GI Forum for the tray production. The NVOP operate the VETS facility which is a corrugate box manufacturing plant located in San Antonio, Texas. USPS contracted the NVOP to create and implement production of One Million Two hundred Nighty-Six thousand (1,296,000) corrugate mail tray units. Once the corrugated trays are manufactured and assembled, the units will be shipped to USPS facilities in Chicago, Philadephia, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Jacksonville and Dallas.

The Veterans Enterprises of Texas (VETS) is a non-profit company, of the NVOP, who employs the disabled veteran including the veteran in transition from homelessness. All of the homelessness veterans employed at the VETS box manufacturing plant are residents of the NVOP's Residential Center for the Veterans. Also, the assembly work at the VETS plant provides a 75% direct labor force of disabled veterans.

"The corrugage trays we produce are to be utilized by USPS customers handling large amounts of mail for both the in-coming or out-going sorting process," shared Yolanda Suarez, Senior Vice President of the National Veterans Outreach Program. Ms. Suarez continued, "This procurement opportunity provides a value to the USPS of a quality product, but, also a much needed value to the veteran client whome we at the NVOP strive to serve with employment opportunities."

The NVOP provides much needed services to the veterans through their multi-city locations. Some of the services available to veterans through the NVOP are job training, job placement and computer literacy training. Also, an emphasis is centered around the veteran described as the "transitional" and "hard to place." Ms. Suarez said, "The hard to place veteran is usually in transition from being homeless, over coming substance abuse or may be an ex-offender. The corrugate contract allows us to employ this hard to place veteran."

Ms. Suarez stated the NVOP continues to explore Corporate procurement opportunities with the goal of keeping the VETS corrugate box manufacturing plant operational.

The American GI Forum-National Veterans Outreach Program (http://www.agif-nvop.org)
was founded in 1972 to meet the needs of Vietnam veterans then returning home. The NVOP is recognized nationally as one of the premier providers to Veterans. They have received numerous awards for their successful program operations, including the Department of Labor's "Regional Award for Cost Effectiveness," the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "National Blue Ribbon Award" for Innovative Economic Development in an Enterprise Community.

The American GI Forum was founded in 1949 by Dr. Hector P. Garcia and is second oldest Hispanic organization in the United States.

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