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VCI offers our clients:
Job Search Assistance
VCI's job fairs are a great opportunity to network and meet HIRING employers.
At our job fairs, employers present their employment opportunities and take the time to answer any questions job seekers may have.
Education brings down the frustration!
VCI holds Veteran Rural Outreach Program Events to inform our veterans of the services and benefits available to them and their family. Our scheduled outreaches occur every spring within our 14 county service area.
Our veterans sometimes fall on hard times so we provide a 'Hand Up' not a 'Hand Out'. This one-time financial assistance is aimed at helping veterans and their family with a utility bill or financial need. Eligibility must be verified and approved before assistance is provided.
VACP aims to raise awareness and provide services and programs to better improve assistance to veterans and their family. Eligibility must be verified and approved before assistance is provided.
VCI assists the Cambria County Veterans Court Program by providing coordination of peer mentors, peer mentors, and ongoing peer mentor training. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a peer mentor (must be a veteran).
A Veteran Claims Professional, Nancy Tavalsky, will assist with filling out forms for claims, service connected disabilities, veteran non-service related pensions, widow's non-service pensions, aid and attendance benefits, discharge inquiries/upgrades and other veteran related entitlements and issues.
Nancy is available at the VCI office on Wednesdays ONLY. Call VCI to schedule an appointment.
This service is provided by VCI in conjunction with the PA Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).
If you are a veteran in crisis, or know someone who needs immediate assistance, please dial 988 and then Press 1 for the Crisis Line’s veterans option.
Together With Veterans (TWV) Cambria County is a community-based suicide prevention program for rural Veterans. TWV involves partnering with rural Veterans and their communities to implement community-based suicide prevention. TWV is funded by the Veterans Administration Office of Rural Health.
To learn more about TWV Cambria County, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TWVCambriaCountyor call VCI’s office at (814) 255-0355.
JOHNSTOWN, PA (Feb. 7, 2024) – Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. (VCI) is announcing a new scholarship opportunity in honor of its founder and longtime advocate for area veterans.
The Thomas Caulfield Veterans Remembered Scholarship is named after the Army veteran of the Vietnam War who has been the president and CEO of VCI since its founding in 1993.
“For the past 30 years, Tom has been a staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform,” said Bob Eyer, VCI board member. “This is just a small way of extending that legacy of dedication to a group that’s at the heart of our community.”
According to VCI’s Board Chairman, Matt Johnson, the new scholarship is another way to honor area veterans and highlight the work Caulfield has done.
“He has worked tirelessly to assist and promote veterans in every aspect of their lives,” Johnson said. “Whether it’s been their transitioning back into the civilian workforce or needing a helping hand to overcome challenges, Tom has been there for his fellow veteran.”
The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually and is available to by applying through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies website. Applicants must have a military affiliation whether they themselves are a veteran or are the dependent of a servicemember.
To qualify, applicants must be:
- A current member of the military
- A current dependent of a member of the military or a veteran
- A grandchild of a veteran
- Preference may also be given for disabled veteran status or for dependent of a servicemember who died while serving in the military.
(A copy of military discharge documents must be provided if selected)
The purpose of this award is to recognize individual(s) who have been, and continue to be, supportive of our veterans, and their family members within the communities they live, and are served by Veteran Community Initiatives, Inc. (VCI). Individuals to be honored are by their actions, services and efforts, have either made an impact on the lives of area veterans, or who by some action, method, program have contributed to the veteran community at large and/or a specific project(s) working with our veterans most in need. The recognition will be aimed at members of the community who are
‘Making a difference.’