Network of Care for Veterans, Families Comes to Hawaii

August 27, 2012
National Association of Counties (NACO)

HONOLULUHawaii recently adopted the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans and their Families as a resource for military veterans returning from war or other service to the country.

The Aloha State joins California, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Colorado which have already established sites. The Network of Care (NOC) is a project of NACo in partnership with Trilogy Integrated Resources.

Regardless of where veterans, service members and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the NOC ensures they will find what they need by providing a comprehensive directory of the service providers, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.

“We in Hawaii care very much about those who have served their country and have come home,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D). “We have established, with the Network of Care, a state-of-the-art way to reach out to them and to make it easy to find all services, information and support.

“What used to be fragmented and confusing is now in one place and easy to use. We are bringing a rich variety of support tools, including a remarkable jobs board, directly to our service members and veterans.”

The Network of Care provides service members and their families with comprehensive information to help them reintegrate into their communities upon return from active duty.

The site uses advanced Internet communication technology to deliver community-based Web portals that integrate and share virtually all pertinent information from federal agencies and organizations, states and local grassroots services. Website features are accessible by professionals who are service providers to military members and their families.

“We are really excited to bring the Network of Care to Hawaii,” said Maj. Gen. Darryll D.M. Wong, the state’s adjutant general. “This remarkable program will be a great service, especially to our soldiers who are transitioning back to civilian life. It is a most helpful tool that complements our total Military Force services with local services — and makes it easy to find everything. This is a wonderful step forward.”

The NOC directory can search all services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and National Guard. It also features a continuously updated jobs board for all government, Fortune 1000 companies and veterans-preferred job openings. In addition, it provides access to crisis intervention and emergency services including all emergency shelters. A sophisticated reintegration and outreach email platform has been developed to incorporate the NOC tools for direct, personal outreach to military personnel returning from deployment.

“Now that our military personnel are returning in greater and greater numbers, it is so important to serve them properly when they get home,” said Ron Han, director of Hawaii’s Office of Veterans Services. “The Network of Care is just in a league of its own. Jobs, services, support groups, personal health records, news, social networking — it is amazing, and it is a critical one-stop shop for them and their families.”

For more information about the Network of Care for Military Service, Veterans and their Families, visit http://veterans.trilogyir.com or contact Jim Sawyer, NACo Financial Services Corporation, at 202.661.8868 or jsawyer@naco.org or Bruce Bronzan, president, Trilogy Integrated Resources at (415) 458-5900 or bbronzan@trilogyir.com.