Programs & Initiatives
The Nevada Office of Veteran Services: Green Zone Initiative
Connecting A Veteran Community – The Green Zone Initiative (GZI) outlines the case for the need and the strategic plan of how we will go about better connecting veterans to the community in the areas of education, wellness and employment. The Green Zone Initiative is not simply “talking about” veterans issues, it is a plan of integration to veterans coming back home and an invitation to veterans throughout our country to come to Nevada, to be educated here, to open businesses, find employment and know of the excellent health and wellness facilities available throughout our state. It is "a safe zone" for veterans, the "Green Zone."
Yellow Ribbon Fundraising
The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a federal program that provides matching funds up to $100,000 per year, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to our UNLV student veterans. It is designed to assist our returning veterans with a financial grant to pay expenses not covered by the GI Bill. Working with the Yellow Ribbon Foundation, we have raised $42,000 in private donations for next year. With VA matching funds, we have $84,000 in the UNLV Yellow Ribbon fund, which is a key safety net to assist those veterans and military family members who do not qualify for the new Nevada residency law.
Veteran Career Fair
Working in conjunction with UNLV Career Services, Senator Reid’s office and various nonprofit organizations, the Office of Veteran Services co-sponsored our first semiannual Veteran Career Fair and Workshop on June 15, 2013. The event was highly successful with more than 88 employers with jobs available and 220 veterans in attendance. This event had informative workshops and resulted in many veterans connecting with opportunities and requests for interviews. This collaborative effort consolidated numerous disjointed community support efforts into one career fair to serve a larger population of veterans in need. This effort will continue to help our 1,000 student veterans who are seeking part-time or full-time employment.