Culturally Competent Practice. Get to know the VA, organizations involved in veterans work, and veterans as clients. Introductions and Goals. Panelists: Seth Bridge, Department of Veterans Affairs Melissa Tyner, Inner City Law Center Goals: Build an understanding of VA structure
Culturally Competent Practice
Get to know the VA, organizations involved in veterans work, and veterans as clients
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned - and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA):Administers programs that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans, their dependents, and survivors.
Veterans Health Administration (VHA): The largest fully integrated health care system in the United States, the services and treatment delivery systems include:
National Cemetery Administration (NCA): NCA honors Veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our Nation.
VBA National Call Center:
VA's major homeless programs constitute the largest integrated network of homeless assistance programs in the country, offering a wide array of services to help Veterans recover from homelessness and live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.
Housing and Supportive Services
Employment, Income and Benefit Assistance
Outreach and Education
VA Grants – to non profits or consumer cooperatives
Criteria for Veteran families
Living in or transitioning to permanent housing
Examples of possible assistance
Daily living services, financial planning, transportation,
legal services, child care, third party payment
Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (Veterans incarcerated in prison facilities)
Veterans Justice Outreach (Veterans interfacing with front end of justice system)
69% (of 3,341) with successful resolution
(e.g. child support, legal, financial stability and benefits)
Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists
Seth T. Bridge
Policy Analyst, VHA Homeless Programs
“As soon as I walk into anywhere, I know how many people are there, how many exits there are, where all other people around me are located. This hypervigilance also makes me extremely anxious.”
“I have problems remembering things. I have difficulties remembering both long term and short term. I am not sure why I cannot remember portions of my life. I find it so frustrating”