June 9, 2014
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Assessing the network of services available for post-9/11 veterans and their families in Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, in partnership with the United Way of the National Capital Area and with the support of Deloitte Consulting, is pleased to present "Supporting our Region's Veterans." This report was developed to gain a more sophistocated, data-driven understanding of support available to Northern Virginia's veterans, and to provide the Community Foundation, United Way NCA, and other local community-based organizations and philanthropists with the insights needed to strategically target and coordinate contributions and grant dollars toward the greatest needs. Deloitte Consulting invested over $80,000 in pro-bono support to perform the research and publish the report.

The basic findings of this three-year study indicate that although veterans in our area are well supported at the macro-level with access to a wide variety of government and nonprofit services, there are several ways that the local philanthropic sector can target its dollars to better support the needs of Northern Virginia’s veterans at the micro-level. Veterans in particular find services to be overly complex and sometimes difficult to access. Greater coordination between government and nonprofit providers to create a seamless web of services would improve the lives of veterans and military families.

See how the Community Foundation is addressing these findings by joining the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge and through its Military Fund.

We hope that this report will serve as a resource for future planning and policy-making around the needs of our military veterans, and that it will direct philanthropic resources to meet the most critical needs.