National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships
Veteran Sponsor Partnership Network
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new initiative aimed at improving the experience and outcomes of service members transitioning back into civilian life.
Under the Veteran Sponsor Partnership Network (VSPN) initiative, VHA regional offices form non-monetary partnerships with community organizations to help transitioning service members and their families access VA services and community resources, such as employment opportunities, education benefits, housing assistance, and more.
The initiative also streamlines VHA partnerships with community organizations that can pair service members with peer sponsorsǂ who can provide one-on-one support during the military-to-civilian transition, a resource similar to the military sponsorship program within the Department of Defense.
Check out the map below to see the regional community partners, their locations, and websites for more information about the organizations and how they serve Veterans.
|Area Served||Community Partner||Website|
|All United States||Onward Ops||https://onwardops.org/|
|Connecticut||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|Maine||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|Massachesetts||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|New Hampshire||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|New York||Nassau County MHA||https://arc.mhanational.org/user/mhanassau|
|New York||Staten Island PPS||https://statenislandpps.org/veterans/|
|New York||Suffolk County Dwyer Program||http://mhaw.org/dwyer/|
|Rhode Island||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|Texas||Bexar County Military and Veterans Services Center||https://www.bexar.org/509/Military-and-Veterans-Services-Center|
|Vermont||Clear Path for Veterans||https://www.clearpath4vets.com/|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce||https://www.wiveteranschamber.org/|
|Wisconsin||Wisconsin Veterans Network||https://www.wisvetsnet.org/transitioning-service-members|
Many community partners have their own platform or website with information on community resources and can directly connect Service members, Veterans, and their families to resources in the local community Service members move to. Check out the websites of community partners in the VSPN (listed above) for more information about resources in the areas they serve. Some community partners also use the Expiration Term of Service (ETS) Sponsorship Program (ETS-SP) platform§ to manage their sponsors and facilitate sponsor support for service members. VHA has a non-monetary partnership with ETS-SP to support service members, Veterans, and their families across all communities they transition to nation-wide.
Check out the VSPN fact sheets for more details on how Service members, Veterans, sponsors, and community organizations can get engaged:
“We know that a Veteran’s first year out of the military is a critical time and that the risk for suicide during this period is increased by nearly 50%,” said nurse executive for VA’s National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships Tracy L. Weistreich, Ph.D., RN “The VSPN initiative supports an evidence-based approach and collaboration with community partners that helps VA meet its strategic priorities and deliver the support and services our Veterans deserve.”
Early research has shown that engaging in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) care with community-based interventions and sponsorship programs can help Veterans achieve better outcomes across social determinants of health, experience less difficulty when transitioning back into civilian communities, and reduce risk factors related to Veteran death by suicide.
The VSPN initiative falls under VA’s overall strategy to partner with regional and national organizations to assist transitioning service members with accessing VA health and benefit resources. Local, regional, and national organizations interested in partnering with VA should can contact the National Center for Healthcare Advancement and Partnerships by emailing VHA_Partnerships@va.gov. HAP leads the VSPN initiative in collaboration with VA’s Transitioning Servicemember/Veteran And Suicide Prevention Center, VA regional offices, and a nationwide network of community partners.