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ABA and Swords to Plowshares Celebrate National Pro Bono Week
24 October 2016 - 12:58
Feature image: Chevron staff at East Bay Stand Down: Jennifer Wolff, Trish Carstensen, Colleen Kent, Carlos Hanze
From October 23rd to 29th, the American Bar Association (ABA) will be celebrating National Pro Bono Week. This year, the ABA launched the Veterans Legal Service Initiative as part of the year’s celebration and to solidify the organization’s dedication to serving veterans.
Vietnam Veteran Memorial Rededication on Veterans Day
20 October 2016 - 9:00
The San Francisco Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be rededicated on November, 11, 2016.
Join us on Veterans Day to honor the San Francisco veterans who died in service in the Vietnam War and their sacrifice with this ceremony. The memorial, originally installed in 2001 at Justin Herman Plaza, suffered from weather and vandalism. The restored monument will be moved to the San Francisco Veterans Building.
Veterans Sought for Delivery Manager and Warehouse Associate Positions
12 October 2016 - 14:34
Swords to Plowshares has partnered with industry-leading furniture company for another strategic hiring event. We are seeking outgoing and customer service-oriented military veterans to fill Delivery Manager and Warehouse Associate positions for their Bay Area locations. These are full-time, hourly paid positions with a competitive benefits package available. The company provides excellent growth opportunities, including bonuses and semiannual merit-based raises.
This is a veterans-only recruitment opportunity.
Swords to Plowshares Supports the East Bay Stand Down
22 September 2016 - 13:18
The East Bay Stand Down (EBSD) just wrapped up this past weekend at the Alameda County Fairground in Pleasanton, California. The term Stand Down is used during war to describe the practice of removing combat troops from the field and taking care of their basic needs in a safe area. Swords to Plowshares was one of the many community-based organizations represented at the four-day event which connected more than 600 Bay Area homeless and at-risk veterans to services including:
Five Ways to Go Beyond Raising Awareness of Veteran Suicide
6 September 2016 - 15:50
September is Suicide Prevention Month and there has been a lot of media attention around veteran suicide with the 22 pushup challenge. While raising awareness around the issue of veteran suicide is a good start, communities must start coming together to help end this epidemic.
Here are five ways you go beyond raising awareness and help prevent veteran suicide:
Raiders Foundation Honors Swords to Plowshares
2 September 2016 - 11:34
Last night, the Oakland Raiders and the Raiders Foundation recognized two of our very own, staff members Randall Flagg and Dennis Johnson, as Hometown Heroes at their game versus the Seattle Seahawks. Our sincere thanks to the Raiders for donating 25 tickets for our veteran staff members and giving a monetary donation to support our mission here in the Bay Area.
7 Key Challenges in Higher Education for Military-Connected Students
26 August 2016 - 11:28
The phrase “military-connected students” is meant to better identify those using Post 9/11 GI benefits to attend post-secondary education. Researchers Dani Molina and Andrew Morse use this term to identify not only veterans and active duty service members but also survivors (dependents whose military family members were killed in action) and dependents.
Join Us: Support the Dignity Fund
27 July 2016 - 9:00
Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved The Dignity Fund for this November’s ballot by an overwhelming margin of 9-2.
Right to Care: Recommendations to Improve VA Systems
20 July 2016 - 16:11
In 2014, Congress established the Commission on Care, charging the group to examine veteran’s access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare and to provide recommendations on how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), locate health resources, and deliver healthcare to veterans during the next 20 years.
Renewing Our Focus in a Post- "Five-Year Plan" Era
14 July 2016 - 10:47
Feature image: Dave Lopez, Associate Director of Programs & Operations at Swords to Plowshares, presenting at the NCHV 2016 annual conference. (Photo via nchv.org)
There was an ongoing theme of perseverance during presentations at the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans (NCHV) conference this year. The deadline for Obama’s five-year plan to end veteran homelessness had passed six months ago, and while some communities had reached the goal of functional zero, most had not. One of the main topics of discussion during the conference was: what next?