Veterans Community Outreach Team

The Veterans Community Outreach Team works to build the capacity of services to veterans and military families in West Virginia. Depending on the member's placement, VISTAs may help with financial literacy resources for veterans; connect organizations that serve veterans; identify local community resources and key stakeholders; develop partnerships for services to veterans and military families; and work in connection with colleges and universities on veteran services.

The Veterans VISTA team members serve at different sites throughout the state, but meet regularly as a team and work together in addressing issues facing veterans. VISTA members do not provide direct service.

We are currently recruiting for 3 position. One each with the National Guard Family Programs offices in Charleston and Martinsburg as well as a position with Operation Welcome Home in Morgantown. Please email or call Waylon Bryant at waylon.a.bryant@wv.gov or 304-558-0111 for more information on these opportunities.

Members currently serve with:

  • The National Guard Family Services Program in Martinsburg developing the Joint Community Services Committee (formerly ISFAC) and other programs for military families.

  • In Touch & Concerned Inc. in Morgantown working on transportation issues for disabled and elderly veterans.

  • Mountain Hospice in Barbour County developing a "Vet to Vet" volunteer program.

  • Raleigh County Community Action Association working on housing issues for homeless veterans.

Members have previously served with:

  • West Virginia State University where they were instrumental in the opening of a veterans lounge and establishing a student organization known as Achievement Vets.

  • West Virginia State University Extension Service helping to create and pilot a mental health section of a health journal for veterans.

  • The West Virginia Mental Health Consumers Association building an outreach and peer support system known as Operation Firewalkers in the Kanawha Valley and in Fayette County.

  • United Way of Central West Virginia developing the LifeBridge Veteran Corps program.

  • The National Guard in Charleston, creating Partners in Care, a program that enlists the help of faith communities across the state in meeting the needs of veterans and military families in their geographic area; and Operation Santa Cause proving gifts to military families in need.

If your organization would like to host a VISTA member working on veteran or military family issues, please complete the Request for Proposals below or call 304-558-0111 for more information.

RFP Veterans Community Outreach Team VISTA Project