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Veteran Sponsorship Initiative
Transitioning out of the military can be a challenging experience associated with stressors, decreased social connections, and increased risk for mental health problems. The Veteran Sponsorship Initiative (VSI) is an evidence-based program designed to reduce these stressors by matching transitioning service members with a community-based sponsor who helps them rejoin their civilian communities by assisting with housing, employment, educational opportunities, and access to mental health support.
VSI is a public-private partnership of the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Labor, national nonprofit organizations, and numerous community-based organizations. VSI is co-directed by the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans and the VA VISN 2 Mental Illness, Research and Education Center. These VA centers are leaders in developing and evaluating innovative treatments and training clinicians and community providers to address healthcare needs in active duty servicemembers and Veterans.
|If you are a Servicemember or Veteran looking for assistance in your new hometown, click here|
|If you are a interested in helping a Servicemember in their transition to civilian life, click here|
|If you are a Community Organization with expertise in assisting Veterans, click here|