On November 3, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting of 15 individuals from organizations that are working toward developing a proposal to establish a Virginia Wounded Warrior Program for Virginia Veterans Corps. This organization is designed to help veterans and military service members and provide services in the areas of: (a) Homeless Veterans; (b) Increased Economic Opportunities for Veterans and Military Spouses; (c) Childcare Services for Veteran Families; (d) Increased Educational Opportunities for Children of Veterans and (e) Increased Access to Benefits. Attending the meeting were representatives from the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Corporation for National and Community Service, Senator Mark Warner’s office, AmeriCorps, and the Chamber.
The Hampton Roads area was selected to serve as a demonstration project and the overall goal will be to validate the concept and then replicate in other regions throughout the Commonwealth. Senator Mark Warner’s office predicts that by 2016 Virginia will have the 4th largest concentration of Veterans throughout the country and it is his goal to make Virginia the nation’s most veteran-friendly state.