The Veteran Family Transition Program is set to launch in September 2020. Information will be added to this page on how to get involved, as it develops.
When a service member transitions out of the military, their family transitions right alongside them. This particular transition is often marked by geographic relocation, career uncertainty, family reintegration, the re-establishment of community and supports, and many more unique challenges. This wholly unique experience requires an equally unique service aimed at helping smooth that transition for the entire family.
The Veteran Family Transition (VFT) Program aims to do just that, providing peer navigation and targeted support to transitioning spouses, committed partners, and couples, as well as post-service veteran spouses and partners. This peer navigation helps spouses and couples identify their needs and goals, and get connected to local resources that meet those needs.
Spouses and couples will first complete a Veteran Family Transition Needs Assessment that will help determine their transition needs and goals. They will then be matched with a Veteran Spouse Network Region Leader in the area they live in or are moving to. Region Leaders will help the spouse or couple come up with a transition plan, and connect them to vetted resources to help meet their transition goals.
All VSN Region Leaders are the spouse or partner of a veteran who has gone through transition and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their own transition journey. During the program, Region Leaders will continue to follow-up with participants over 6-12 months to continue to work with them around new needs and goals that arise as they move through their transition.
In addition to supporting transitioning spouses and couples, the VFT program also serves any post-service veteran spouses or partners in need of resources.
The VFT Program serves these service members, veterans, and spouses/committed partners:
- A spouse or committed partner of a post-service veteran.
- A spouse or committed partner of an active duty service member who is within 1 year of separation from the military.
- An active-duty service member who is within 1 year of transition seeking transition support with their spouse or partner.
- A post-service veteran who has transitioned out of the military within the last year seeking transition support with their spouse or partner.
- All participants must currently reside in or plan to move to a Texas city, with an established VSN Region Leader.
- If a Region Leader does not exist in your community, a warm hand-off will be provided to your local Veteran Service County Officer
VFT will serve the following communities:
- El Paso
- San Antonio
- Dallas/Fort Worth
Sites will be added as new Region Leaders are recruited and trained. If you are interested in serving as a VSN Region Leader for your community, please check out our Leadership Opportunities page to learn more and apply!
UPDATE RE COVID-19: Due to the rising rates of COVID-19, all of our programs will remain virtual. It is our hope that if the threat of COVID-19 lessens, some of our programs may be able to transition back to an in-person format. We are committed to prioritizing the safety of all of our program participants and leaders and will determine the status of in-person activities with that in mind. This page will be updated as those decisions are made.