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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?
Swords to Plowshares’ Director Michael Blecker Statement on the VA Commission on Care Report
6 July 2016 - 10:09
Swords to Plowshares’ Executive Director, Michael Blecker, today released the below statement and his dissent letter regarding the final report published today by the Commission on Care. Appointed to the Commission by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Blecker was one of 15 members of the Commission on Care tasked with evaluating the Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare system.
Blecker was one of three Commissioners who declined to sign the final report. Blecker agreed with 17 of the 18 recommendations outlined in the Commission on Care’s report.
Equality in Service, Equality in Care
30 June 2016 - 11:42
On the heels of LGBT Pride Month festivities, the Pentagon announced today they are lifting the ban on openly serving transgender service members. While it’s not entirely surprising given these plans have long been underway, questions of how the repeal will roll out among the branches are causing a stir.
Veterans Sought for Service Technician Positions
27 June 2016 - 18:09
Swords to Plowshares has partnered with a national property management company and is seeking outgoing and customer service-oriented military veterans to fill Service Technician positions for their Bay Area locations. These are full-time, hourly paid, maintenance positions with a generous benefits package available after 30 days of employment, including 50% employee rent discount.
This is a veterans-only recruitment opportunity.
Application Deadline: TBD
The Home Front Formation: Military Spirit, Civilian Service
20 June 2016 - 11:25
The transition from military to civilian life is not always easy. Adapting to a new way of life can be challenging. One of the most difficult tasks for a newly-separated veteran is how to translate the work they did in the military into the civilian workforce. Swords to Plowshares is helping some veterans ease this transition by partnering with PG&E for their PowerPathway program.
2016 San Francisco Pride Parade
14 June 2016 - 15:44
We are pleased to announce that Swords to Plowshares will be participating in the 2016 SF Pride parade. Our contingent will include Swords to Plowshares employees, clients and community supporters, and of course a beautiful float decorated by our participants. Though many of our staff, as well as clients, have participated in SF Pride in past years, we are excited to announce that this year will be our inaugural debut as an official contingent!
2016 California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative Grantees
6 June 2016 - 16:24
Swords to Plowshares is pleased to announce the 2016 California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative (VEC) grantees. Swords to Plowshares administers the competitive VEC re-grant program, now in its third funding cycle, and provides technical assistance to our grantee partners.
The Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act is More than Just Words
2 June 2016 - 10:41
Until recently, very little was known about women veterans and suicide. What researchers have recently discovered is sobering news.
A study published recently by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that women veterans are at a greatly increased risk of suicide compared to their male counterparts.