Striving Towards Equity in the Provisioning of Social Services for Military & Veteran Families
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In Texas, there are 2,364 veteran service providers registered with the IRS. Despite an abundance of service providers, gaps and redundancies caused by an inefficient allocation of resources cause veterans to fail at navigating social services and to slip through the cracks. Combined Arms’ mission is to strengthen collaboration across Texas to improve outcomes for the military veteran community. Combined Arms recognized that minority veterans in Texas experience transition issues and receive resources inequitably. For example, veterans from minority racial and ethnic groups in Texas are two times more likely to live in poverty than are white veterans, have a 44% higher risk of unemployment, and are more likely to be living with mental health issues. Combined Arms’ Striving Towards Equity in the Provisioning of Social Services for Military & Veteran Families program will ensure more equitable provisioning of services to minority veterans across the state of Texas. With this BWF grant, Combined Arms will increase minority veterans’ access to services, including programs reducing food insecurity and increasing overall wellbeing, reaching at least 1,000 new clients from minority racial and ethnic groups. This investment will support intentional efforts to grow partnerships with religious and cultural communities and strengthen partnerships that ensure veterans from minority groups have a streamlined way to access social services within the Combined Arms network.