Is the American GI Forum the same organization as the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program ?

No, but there is connecting history. The American GI Forum is a membership organization of veterans formed in 1948. It has chapters of volunteer members throughout the U.S. This organization founded the “National Veterans Outreach Program” in 1972, but established it as its own separate organization. The new American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. was incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the services of veterans in need, and was sanctioned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code this making it eligible to receive donations for its work, and the donors may consider this a deductible donation. The American GI Forum of the U.S., and its affiliate state chapters (i.e. American GI Forum of Texas, etc.) continue to perform volunteer work in communities throughout the country.

Are all veterans eligible to receive services at the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) offices?

Interested veterans should contact 210-354-4892 for detailed eligibility information. In general, the NVOP provides assistance to homeless veterans, recently discharged veterans (within 48 months of discharge), veterans with disabilities, and veterans with barriers to employment, such as ex-offender status, history of substance abuse, or history of frequent unemployment.

Do you provide housing assistance to veterans?

The American GI Forum Residential Center for Veterans located in San Antonio, Texas offers transitional and permanent housing opportunities for homeless veterans. The facility has accommodations for both male and female residents. Additionally, the NVOP can assist homeless veterans with families by providing short-term rental assistance. The organization also offers housing for elderly persons with limited incomes through three separate apartment complexes in San Antonio.

What type of job training does the organization provide?

Eligible veterans may receive classroom training, resume writing assistance, or basic skills upgrade training depending on the needs of the individual. As soon as eligiblity is determined, NVOP case managers will develop a case management plan that will determine individual goals and benchmarks for each client. Some veterans may not require job training, so the NVOP provides several direct job placement opportunities through various companies and employer partners in Texas.  

Are there any fees charged for the services of the organization?

The NVOP does not charge veterans for any service provided. The NVOP also offers an array of supportive services such as rental assistance, bus passes, clothing, emergency food, utility assistance, hygiene kits, and other basic life necessities.

Does the NVOP provide assistance for the spouses of veterans?

When appropriate, the NVOP coordinates referrals for veteran spouses to community partners for further assistance.

Where can I find the nearest office for assistance?

The NVOP currently operates five office sites in Texas (San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, El Paso). The street addresses and phone numbers are located in the Contact Us section of our website.

Does the American GI Forum NVOP provide assistance with VA benefits?

No. The NVOP focuses its efforts on helping veterans with job training, employment placement, housing assistance, support services, basic skills upgrade training, and extensive support and case management for veterans with barriers to housing and employment. NVOP case managers have strong work linkages with other organizations that specialize in VA benefits and other veteran entitlements to which they can refer the participant.

How can I apply for employment with the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program?

The NVOP posts all job announcements with the Texas Workforce Commission and through other public outlets including several internet outlets. Interested applicants may also contact the HR Manager of the NVOP at 611 N. Flores, Suite 200, San Antonio, Texas 78205.

How long has the NVOP been in operation?

Founded in 1972, NVOP has been continuously operating for the past 45 years.

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