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New Partners Announced for Program Serving Lowcountry Veterans

SCServes–Lowcountry, which connects local veterans to human services providers, is set to announce a new partnership with Joint Base Charleston. 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jan. 23, 2016) – Joint Base Charleston and SCServes – Lowcountry are coordinating their efforts in support of a network of area human service providers to efficiently manage service requests for service members, veterans and military families.

SCServes – Lowcountry is part of AmericaServes, a national effort led by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University with support from the Walmart Foundation. By linking local providers, the program is designed to ensure that quality referrals are made which in turn greatly reduce denial of services experienced by service members and veterans due to capacity or eligibility restrictions. AmericaServes networks, currently in eight major American communities, have connected nearly 4,000 individuals to more than 6,300 types of comprehensive services in the past two years alone.

The addition of Joint Base Charleston greatly expands the reach of the network. “As a network provider, Joint Base Charleston will enhance the relationship between community providers and the Department of Defense’s federally funded programs to meet the needs of service members, veterans and military families wherever they are in their transition.” said retired Col. James McDonough, Managing Director at the IVMF.

The SCServes – Lowcountry network coordinates service delivery for veterans and the military community across nine South Carolina coastal counties including Berkeley, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper. These counties are home to over 120,000 veterans—more than half of South Carolina’s total veteran population.

Joint Base Charleston Military & Family Support, Chapel, and Education Center provide a variety of programs and services to all military members, all services, guard, Reserve, military retirees, Department of Defense civilians and their eligible family members.

“We are thrilled to work with the members of the SCServes – Lowcountry network and continue to find ways to better serve veterans, service members and military families in our community,” said Col. Rob Lyman, Commander, Joint Base Charleston.

The installation joins the ranks of over 40 federal, state, local government and nonprofit veteran service providers who participate as network providers. The SCServes – Lowcountry coordination center is available by calling a toll-free hotline at 1.855.355.1200. Requests for service can also be submitted directly through the SCServes – Lowcountry website at www.scserves.org.

Joint Base Charleston

SCServes – Lowcountry representatives meet with Joint Base Charleston leadership to announce a coordination of efforts in support of a network of area human service providers to efficiently manage service requests for service members, veterans and military families in the Lowcountry Jan. 23, 2017, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Front row left to right, Command Chief Master Sgt. Todd Cole, 628th Air Base Wing command chief, Capt. Robert Hudson, Joint Base Charleston deputy commander, Tara Fuller, JB Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center, Anna Flowers, JB Charleston Fleet and Family Support Center, Barclay Murphy, Military Community Connection, Marie Elana Roland, Military Community Connection, Lisa DeJonge, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Linda Sturgeon, JB Charleston Education and Training, Col. Rob Lyman, Joint Base Charleston commander, Senior Chief Petty Officer Cedric Norman, Unaccompanied Dorm Housing superintendent. Back row left to right, Lt. Col. Thomas, 628th Force Support Squadron commander, Col. Richard Mathews, 628th Mission Support Group commander, Darrell Nesbitt, JB Charleston Education and Training, John Govan, Military Community Connection, Mick Mahon, JB Charleston Airman and Family Readiness Center, Sel Stephens, JB Charleston Fleet and Family Support Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Joshua Maund)

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About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. The Institute is supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families and its professional staff deliver leading programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training. The Institute also conducts actionable research, policy analysis and program evaluations, coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies, and works with communities and non-profits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Military & Family Support, Chapel and Education Center – Joint Base Charleston

With a vision to build strong, ready communities, our mission is to work collaboratively to promote self-sufficiency and enhance mission readiness, retention and adaptation to the Air Force and Navy way of life by providing Total Force members, their families and leadership with measurable and effective service. We service all active duty, National Guard, Reservists, retirees and civilian employees whether single or married or an immediate family member, and regardless of branch of service.

Media Contacts  

Lisa DeJonge, Program Manager, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, 315-726-1515, lmdejong@syr.edu

Marvin Krause, Public Affairs, Joint Base Charleston, 843-963-5608, marvin.krause.1@us.af.mil

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