Returning Veterans of America, new nonprofit founded by OIF&OEF combat veterans offers Bay Area Vets community & peer mentoring. Claims processing, civilian jobs, educational and service opportunities via Google, Wells Fargo, UCB, Diplomatic Security Corps among others.
Online PR News – 24-August-2012 – Contra Costa, CA – —Returning Veterans of America (RVA), founded by OIF and OEF combat veterans, announces the second in a series of Welcome Home events on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Orinda Library on 26 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA.
RVA’s all day Welcome Home event is designed for returning Bay Area veterans and their families to meet and network with their local brothers and sisters within a supportive grass roots peer-mentoring community. RVA, founded by veterans, is a newly formed Bay Area non-profit dedicated to addressing the real world needs and problems of returning OIF and OEF combat veterans in transition to civilian life.
Veterans attending Welcome Home will be provided onsite face-to-face access to claims processing from County Veterans Service representatives and resume and employment feedback from Google, Wells Fargo, The FBI, the Berkeley Marine Officer Recruiters (Berkeley OSO) and the Diplomatic Security Corps. Those interested in information for academic opportunities will be able to speak with representatives, current students, and alumnus from UC Berkeley, Boalt Law School, and other Bay Area schools. In addition, free memberships to UFC Gym in Concord and free training passes from Diablo Rock Gym will be offered to all veteran attendees.
Attending veterans and their families will enjoy complementary lunch, beverages and swag from Welcome Home sponsors Whole Foods, Starbucks and Diablo Rock Gym.
“We want returning vets throughout the Bay Area to embrace the suck and say hello to a new kind of Welcome Home event and goodbye to bureaucracy, stacks of lame flyers and dead florescent lit rooms,” says Jason Deitch PhD, RVA’s Director of Community Development and Clinical Operations. “Our fellow brothers and sisters need to know they have a ‘boots on the ground’ team that will not only cover their back, but will take on real problems, and get them real help and answers, period,” adds Mr. Deitch.
Welcome Home is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
About Returning Veterans of America
A “Boots on the Ground” 501c3 non-profit veterans advocacy group, Returning Veterans of America, is a grass roots peer mentoring community. RVA is dedicated to empowering returning veterans toward success through claims and benefits utilization counseling, academic and employment guidance, transition skills counseling and community service engagement. Founded by OIF and OEF veterans, RVA speaks the language and understands the experiences and challenges facing this generation of combat veterans and the huge resource and leadership potential they represent. RVA brings various and often narrowly focused service providers into cooperation to create viable and pragmatic solutions to the complex needs of today's returning veterans. For more information see www.returningvet.org