RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today it has completed its certification for the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program.
State agencies are required by law to enter into the V3 program, a national award-winning training and certification program which empowers participating groups to implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining highly-skilled and dependable veterans. The Commonwealth of Virginia is the state’s single largest employer, hiring tens of thousands of veterans.
“Finalizing VDEM’s certification in the V3 program improves our ability to recruit and hire our veterans, whose training, discipline and experience are ideally suited for VDEM’s efforts to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate emergency situations in the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Jeff Stern, state coordinator for VDEM. “We already rely on a sizable number of veterans in the department and are proud to announce this certification ahead of Veterans Day.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced last week that private sector participants in the V3 program had reached its goal of hiring more than 20,000 veterans more than a year ahead of schedule.
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About the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program
The V3 Program is an official Commonwealth of Virginia Program, organized by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS), which operates 26 benefit services offices that assist veterans and their family members in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two veterans care centers offering skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and short term rehabilitative care for veterans; and three veterans cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to needed services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education, and other programs. The Department operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. To learn more, please visit www.dvs.virginia.gov.
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971