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Fedcap Receives AmeriCorps Grant to Begin Innovative Research on Issues Affecting Returning Veterans in the South Bronx

Contact: Jennifer Bertrand / Fedcap / 212.727.4224

New York, NY, July 19, 2010  Fedcap, a 75 year old New York based nonprofit, announced today that it has received a $50,000 planning grant in partnership with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services from AmeriCorps. The grant will underwrite the research and analysis of support services for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who live in the South Bronx through outreach, vocational assessment, vocational rehabilitation, business development, and ongoing support.

“We owe our returning veterans so much,” said Christine McMahon, Fedcap’s President and CEO. “Fedcap is thrilled to receive this planning grant so that Fedcap, along with our distinguished partners, can help create long-term solutions that will make a difference for the more than 130,000 military veterans who return home each year.”

Fedcap’s research focus will be on the re-entry and re-integration needs that are not currently being met. Once the research phase is complete, the data will be used to design a program where AmeriCorps volunteers who are veterans will work with social workers and other specialists to develop vocational and social service programs to serve both returning veterans and military families, who are affected in different ways during deployment and return. “These groups face sizeable barriers in the South Bronx, due to one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and the scarcity of services for returning veterans and military families,” McMahon added.

The grant is a planning and development grant funded through the AmeriCorps initiative, in partnership with the New York State Commission on National and Community Services. Fedcap will be working in partnership with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to begin innovative research on the specific issues affecting returning veterans and their families who reside in the South Bronx, many of whom are reservists and guardsmen and women with little access to resources available to military personnel associated with a military base.