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Volunteers of America Expands Veteran Services in Kentucky

Kentucky’s Volunteers of America chapter has received a federal grant to expand services to help homeless and at-risk veterans find stable housing.

The new Supportive Services for Veterans and Families program works with veterans in Louisville, Lexington and Ashland as they struggle to find stable ground.

“I know being in the military was great and all but I had a lot of help in the military,” said Phonecia Carney (pictured left), Army veteran who found herself homeless 2003.

Volunteers of America helped stabilize her life, she said.

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VOA Program For Vets Gets Funding

A Louisville-based program that helps military veterans who have been incarcerated make the transition back into society upon their release is getting a $150,000 federal grant to continue its work.

The Incarcerated Veterans Transitional Program is operated by the Kentucky arm of the Volunteers of America.

C-E-O Jane Burks says it provides assistance with transitional housing, employment and training, clothing and various follow-up services.

“With the help of Volunteers of America, over 93 percent of the incarcerated veterans that we have served over the past four years have not reoffended, have not gone back to the corrections system,” Burks said.

The funds, requested by Congressman John Yarmuth, were included in an appropriations bill signed by President Obama last month.