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Inside Swords:

June 2016

San Francisco Pride Parade 2016

We are pleased to announce that Swords to Plowshares will be participating in the 2016 SF Pride parade.  Though many of our staff, as well as clients, have participated in SF Pride in past years, we are excited to announce that this year will be our inaugural debut as an official contingent!

An integral part of Swords to Plowshares’ mission directly reflects this year’s parade theme “for economic and racial justice", making our involvement in this year’s procession an important display of solidarity with LGBTQI veterans and active duty service members. Since 1974, Swords to Plowshares has served all veterans regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, military branch, era of service or socioeconomic background.

Come out and support us as we make our way through the San Francisco streets with SF Pride Parade! For more information and further announcements on SF Pride, click here.

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:30 AM
WHERE: Market St. and 8th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

The Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act is More than Just Words

A study published recently by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shows that women veterans are at a greatly increased risk of suicide compared to their male counterparts.

Elected officials in Washington have introduced the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act which aims at combating women veteran suicide. The bills insert women-specific language into the Veterans’ Benefits Law as a means to evaluate mental health and suicide prevention programs. The bill focuses on ending the exclusion of women veterans in research on suicide, which has been a re-occurring issue in past clinical trials and studies.

The research and studies that are available and not available show us that more research is key to understanding the different mental health needs of women veterans, and the Female Veteran Suicide Prevention Act is an important first step in exploring those differences.

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2016 California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative Grantees

Swords to Plowshares is pleased to announce the 2016 California and Texas Veteran Employment Collaborative (VEC) grantees. Swords to Plowshares administers the competitive VEC re-grant program, now in its third funding cycle, and provides technical assistance to our grantee partners.

We look forward to providing vocational training programs resulting in skills building and gainful employment for veterans throughout California and Texas, promoting collaboration among providers in veteran services, and nurturing partnerships with employers, community colleges and other community partners.

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Thank you, Swords to Plowshares supporters! Thanks to your help we have received another $1,500 donation for winning Bonus Challenge #2! Can you help us with this week’s challenge? We need to raise another $200 to earn the opportunity to win another $200 in this week’s challenge. Click here to donate!

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