Gov. Robert Bentley announced a new online tool Tuesday for Alabama’s veterans and their families.
The Alabama Executive Veterans Network (AlaVetNet) is comprehensive website that will serve as a hub for resources, providing a mechanism for veterans to find the services they need in a much faster and more user-friendly manner.
“Alabama is a proud pro-military state, and we appreciate the sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women, and we owe it to them to ensure they are receiving the help they need in a timely manner,” said Bentley. “Eight percent of Alabamians serve in the military and the new AlaVetNet website will provide a one-stop-shop to assist veterans and their families in locating the variety of services available.”
Bentley established AlaVetNet through Executive Order 42 in December 2013, which brought nonprofits, state agencies and businesses together in a central forum to collaborate and develop cohesive policies that best serve Alabama veterans. The goal of AlaVetNet is to use the existing resources and explore opportunities to expand the services. The committee developed a long-range plan for a unified, statewide system for the delivery of services aimed at helping those who served in the military.
The AlaVetNet website is organized into six service areas: education, employment, homelessness, family services, legal, and behavioral health. Each committee is led by a chair and two co-chairs representing state agencies or well-established nonprofits.
“I am really proud of the AlaVetNet team, and I am excited about this website as it will help better fulfill our primary goal of connecting veterans to available resources and services throughout our great veteran-friendly state,” said Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Clyde Marsh. “The importance of this website is that it contains useful information that is easy to access from the comfort of a home, office or mobile device such as medical care facilities, locations to file veterans claims, and points of contact for those that are in the most distress and need to reach a suicide hotline.”