James J. Peters VA Medical Center
Community Partnerships in Action
By Anne J. Feder
Wednesday, January 30, 2013On January 30, 2013, several Robin Hood Foundation funded program representatives came to the James J. Peters VA Medical Center to provide a training session for VA practitioners on their Veteran initiatives. These include:
- Single Stop USA: a paid Veteran fellow, funded through a Mission Continues grant, is located at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center weekly to assist Veterans with non-VA benefit entitlements. Single Stop has a terrific benefits entitlement software program. It screens for over 40 different programs. The Single Stop USA goal is to expand this service to the Brooklyn and Manhattan VA Medical Centers.
- Legal Services: now offered to Veterans at the Brooklyn, Manhattan and James J. Peters VA Medical Centers though groups such as New York Legal Assistance Group, Urban Justice Center & Legal Services, NYC.
- Workforce 1 Program: a service that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. A Veteran specific center was opened in Manhattan last summer and the plan was to link their program with VA services at the Manhattan VA Medical Center which is 6 blocks away. This is on hold until the Manhattan VA Medical Center re-opens. All New York City VA staff can refer to any of the Workforce 1 Centers to help Veterans find jobs. VA has also agreed to provide a monthly post on a related Veteran issue on the Workforce 1 Program blog.