University helps military veterans, families return to civilian lifestyle

Staff Report

In May of 2013, Troy University was designated the first Purple Heart University in the U.S. The Purple Heart is a United States military honor awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving.
For 40 years, the Pike County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has volunteered their services and are now focusing on the following areas: disaster preparedness and response, education, community and economic development, health and nutrition, homeland security and a new area for veterans and military families.
RSVP is sponsored in part by a grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service.
Through Troy University, RSVP will now provide service for veterans and military families that will assist participants in improving their ability to thrive independently in the community by integrating returning veterans and supporting their families through life skills and coaching.
The RSVP program will assist with online job searches and applications, provide access to a computer lab with 60 computers, assist with referrals in procurement of benefits, provide resume building skills and development, aid with mock job interviews and any other assistance that can be provided to guide the participant for further needs.
RSVP is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with this new project. For more information or to volunteer with the new veterans and military families project, please call 334-670-3693 January through April or 334-808-6540. For more information on other RSVP projects please call the main RSVP Office at 334-566-6158.

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