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Curated Projects

Help Us Understand and Support Rural Veterans!

We’re excited to share a new project funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and VetREC. This study aims to create better tools for Veteran Service Organizations to understand and meet the needs of Veterans living in rural areas.

Starting in March 2024, we’re looking for Veterans who live or have lived in rural areas and the providers who serve them to participate in a quick survey. Your insights will help shape the future of support for rural Veterans.

Why Participate?

  • Make an Impact: Your experiences will guide important changes in how services are delivered to rural Veterans.
  • Continue Your Service: Engaging in this research is a way to continue serving your community. We research with Veterans, not on Veterans.
  • Quick and Easy: The survey takes just a few minutes of your time.

We will share the findings widely to ensure they reach the organizations that can make a difference. Your voice truly matters!

Stay tuned for the survey links coming soon. Let’s work together to support our Veteran community!

Thank you for your participation and support!

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Showcasing the Impact of the VetLink Program

In 2022, VetREC teamed up with Service to School (S2S) to showcase the incredible growth and transformation of their VetLink program. Our mission was to capture and communicate the powerful story of how VetLink is making a difference for student Veterans and higher education institutions nationwide.

By engaging with various stakeholders, VetREC collected new data and organized existing information to illustrate the positive changes VetLink is driving. This collaboration has highlighted the remarkable progress and transformation in the lives of student Veterans.

Through our ongoing yearly partnership, VetREC continues to support S2S by ensuring they have robust research systems and procedures. This allows S2S to consistently assess and report on the growth and impact of their work, ensuring continuous improvement and success.

Together, we are committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of Veterans and the educational institutions that support them.

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Empowering Women Veteran MST Survivors: The Rising Up Project

The Rising Up Project, funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) from 2020 to 2022 and continuing into 2023-2024, is a groundbreaking collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and VetREC.

In our latest PCORI-funded engagement, women survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) highlighted the importance of having more choices and control over their healthcare decisions. This feedback has shaped our current project, which aims to empower MST survivors to access the mental health treatments they prefer.

Our ongoing efforts focus on identifying the priorities of survivors, practitioners, and researchers to:

  1. Inform Effective Treatment Choices: Ensuring that MST survivors have the information they need to make the best decisions for their mental health care.
  2. Measure Meaningful Outcomes: Focusing on what truly matters to MST survivors when it comes to their recovery and well-being.

By putting the voices of MST survivors at the forefront, we are dedicated to creating a healthcare environment that respects and responds to their needs, ultimately leading to better outcomes and enhanced quality of life.

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Introducing the Echos of Valor Project

Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (2024), the Echos of Valor project is an impressive collaboration between the Ronin Institute, VetREC, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Veterans who served in the Reserve/National Guard (R/NG) face an alarming suicide risk but often lack access to essential resources, making them one of the most underserved groups. To address this critical issue, Echos of Valor aims to develop effective, Veteran-centric postvention services that truly reflect the needs and experiences of Veterans.

This groundbreaking project will bring together R/NG Veteran suicide loss survivors in a virtual setting over the course of a year. By doing so, we aim to understand their Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) priorities and the specific postvention support they require.

Starting in August 2024, we will be recruiting 20 Reserve/National Guard Veterans who have experienced the loss of a battle buddy to suicide. Stay tuned for the application link and join us in making a profound difference in the lives of our Veterans.

Together, we can honor their sacrifices and ensure they receive the support they deserve.

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Announcing the Veterans Meditation Retreat

In 2023, VetREC proudly partnered with the Life Transition Meditation Center (LTMC) to support the launch of an exciting new Veterans Meditation Retreat. We collaborated with LTMC to identify and secure grant funding, and our efforts paid off with a generous award from the Overwatch Alliance.

Thanks to this successful partnership, the retreat will become an annual event, providing Veterans with a dedicated space for relaxation, reflection, and healing, facilitated by the experienced team at LTMC.

Check out the inspiring video from the 2023 Veterans Meditation Retreat and see the impact for yourself. Watch the Video

We are thrilled to continue supporting our Veterans in finding peace and resilience through meditation.

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Exploring Veterans’ Work Experiences: A Landmark Study

In 2020, Dr. Hunniecutt, the creator of VetREC, spearheaded a groundbreaking research study focused on the diverse work experiences of Veterans in the labor market. This pivotal project was a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Labor and Employment Relations and Jobpath, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to serving military Veterans.

Dr. Hunniecutt shared the insightful findings from this study at a national virtual community event, highlighting the unique challenges and successes Veterans face in their careers.

This research not only sheds light on the diverse professional journeys of Veterans but also underscores the importance of supporting their integration into the civilian workforce. The study’s results are helping to shape better employment opportunities and resources for Veterans nationwide.

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And this is just the beginning. Community-engaged research is quickly becoming the norm.

And this is just the beginning. Community-engaged research is quickly becoming the norm.

Partner with VetREC to measure your impact, centralize the Veteran voice in program development, and communicate the story of your work.

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