Jennifer Morgan and Joey Allred
How IL Services and VA Benefits can enhance service delivery.
About a model of community agency and VA partnership.
Basic overview of VA Benefits.
Strategies on how to connect to your VA partners and get your Veteran clients connected.
Mark Derry and Sarah Launderville
Veteran Subcommittee (NCIL/APRIL) CIL recent survey results.
Resources for working with veterans.
Examples of how CILs are including veterans.
Upcoming advocacy work.
Michael O’Gorman, Paul Jones, and Will Milzarski
What are some of the disability barriers and potential solutions for veterans interested in Agriculture?
What organizations and other resources are available to help veterans interested in Agriculture?
Options for veterans with disabilities to enter into farming.
How can farmer veteran coalition and its partners help?
William Milzarski, Steve Tovson, Karen Kraft
APRIL Annual Conference
Jen Morgan and Rob Ferris
For Veterans in rural communities, learning about their VA benefits can be especially challenging. In 2013, Utah developed the COVER-to-COVER program "Connecting Older Veterans (Especially Rural) to Community Or Veteran Eligible Resources" to provide community based organizations, including Centers for Independent Living, VA and Veteran benefits training. The program found that many Veterans were already calling these agencies but rarely were conversations held around their service in the military or if they had ever connected to the VA for benefits. Learning how to navigate your local VA can help you and your Veteran consumers – Opening up MORE doors to benefit options. Rob Ferris, a Pre 911 Veteran, who served in the US Army will share the importance of understanding military culture and lingo. You will learn and be ready to navigate the VA system, improve screen protocols and understand military culture to better serve your Veteran consumers.