WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) July 17, 2012
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation(DVNF), a non-profit organization that exists to help men and women who come home with emotional and physical wounds after serving our country, is offering assistance to veterans who are trying to navigate the complexities of government job assistance programs after the Government Accountability Office reported that the services are “fragmented.”
The GAO report, which studied duplication in government services, found that the 45 programs and nine agencies offering job assistance for disabled veterans have overlapping services and varying definitions of “disability,” making it difficult for disabled veterans to figure out where to turn for help and causing confusion about what services they are entitled to receive.
“The DVNF has made job assistance for veterans a major priority, and as part of that effort we want to help disabled veterans navigate the government system to determine the best resources for their employment needs,” said Reagen Rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of the DVNF. “If we can eliminate some of the fact-finding for them, it puts them one step closer to securing the job they desire and are entitled to in return for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
The June report found that each of the disability programs – which together affect one in five Americans – overlapped with at least one other federal program. The greatest overlap is in programs serving veterans and service members (19 programs).
In addition, officials from 34 programs reported using 10 different definitions of disability, and 10 programs reported having no specific definition of disability. Furthermore, the 45 programs reported at least 26 specific limitations to eligibility, such as limiting services to people who are blind.
Disabled veterans who need help finding the appropriate government agency for job assistance and employment training can contact the DVNF for guidance at (202) 737-0522 or by email at [email protected]
About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501c3, DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.