IVMF Travels to Dallas to Discuss Innovative Coordination of Resources with Veteran-Serving Community

The North Texas Veterans Funders Collaborative, supported by the IVMF and the Walmart Foundation, hosted a first-of-its kind convening last week in Dallas, TX, to brief the Greater Dallas community (local stakeholders, thought leaders, and service providers from the public, private, and independent sectors) on the innovative coordination of resources, services and care for service members, veterans and their families.

06/13/16 Institute for Veterans and Military Families event in Dallas, TX. Photo by Grant Miller

06/13/16 – Institute for Veterans and Military Families event in Dallas, TX. Photo by Grant Miller.

The convening featured leaders from across the country who were able to share leading practices and lessons learned with regard to establishing and operating such networks of coordinated care and services.  Presenters included CAPT Sean Mahoney (U.S. Coast Guard, Ret.), zero8hundred; Bill York, 2-1-1, San Diego; Kim Elle, Augusta Warrior Project; Deke Copenhaver, Copenhaver Consulting; Blake Bourne, NCServes-Metrolina; and Diane Weekley, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont.  Also sharing insights during the event were COL Miguel Howe (U.S. Army, Ret.), George W. Bush Institute Military Services Initiative and MG Tony Cucolo (U.S. Army, Ret.), from the University of Texas System.

Dallas, TX was the final stop on a 10-city tour, made possible by the support of the Walmart Foundation, that introduced strategies, aimed at empowering a coordinated network of service providers in cities across the country, and equip communities with the informational resources needed to efficiently and effectively guide service members, veterans, and their families to the most appropriate services and resources.

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