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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Between
United States Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service
National Council on Independent Living
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
America’s service-members, Guard and Reserve members, all stand vigilant and prepared to place themselves in harm’s way to protect our Nation. The fruits of their commitment and courage are found in the rights and freedoms Americans have enjoyed for 228 years. Such selfless service and sacrifice earn our Nation’s defenders the honored title “Veteran.”
We recognize that America’s veterans bring to our Nation’s workforce a rich resource of diverse and talented workers. They are as eager and capable of contributing to our Nation’s prosperity as civilians during peace as they were to our Nation’s security during war.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Service, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) are mutually committed to ensuring these brave men and women are able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life, to increase their potential to return to work, and to have access to both challenging and rewarding employment opportunities. This is in keeping with President Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 promise “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ VR&E program helps veterans with service-connected disabilities achieve maximum independence in daily living, become employable, and obtain and maintain suitable employment.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ VR&E program, based in Washington, DC, is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is also a national grass roots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization consisting of centers for independent living, their satellites and branch offices, statewide independent living councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL has membership in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ VR&E Service, the National Council on Independent Living, and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living wish to afford Veterans with service-connected disabilities opportunities to live independently, seek employment, career advancement, job mobility, family economic well being, and greater financial security with this mutually beneficial agreement.
THEREFORE, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VR&E Service, the National Council on Independent Living, and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living agree to:


  • Create greater awareness among Veterans about resources for service-disabled Veterans related to community-based center for independent living-related resources for Veterans with service-connected disabilities;



  • Develop training materials to ensure that staff in both VA regional offices and Centers for Independent Living, their Associations, and Statewide Independent Living Councils are fully aware of the services and benefits that each may provide;



  • Discuss and encourage possible partnership between local Centers for Independent Living, their Associations, and Statewide Independent Living Councils and VA offices;



  • Share our Mutual cooperation throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs, VR&E Service and Centers for Independent Living their Associations, and Statewide Independent Living Councils;



  • Promote and assist state-level collaboration efforts and collaboration of services between State Centers for Independent Living Associations and / or Statewide Independent Living Councils, and local VR&E offices;



  • Promote and assist local collaboration efforts and coordination of services between Centers for Independent Living and local VR&E offices for Veterans with service-connected disabilities, and;



  • Collect and analyze data annually to be used for future planning purposes.

This agreement does not in itself authorize the expenditure or reimbursement of any funds. Nothing in this agreement shall obligate to expend appropriations or other monies, or enter into any contract or other obligation.


This agreement shall not be interpreted to limit, supersede, or otherwise affect either party’s normal operations or decisions in carrying out its mission, or its statutory or regulatory duties.
Dated February 24, 2011

Signed by:


R.A. Fanning

Director, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Department of Veterans Affairs


Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living

1710 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Fifth Floor

Washington, DC 20036
Billy Altom, Executive Director, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)

2001 Pershing Circle, Suite 200

North Little Rock, AR 72114

Supplemental Documents
How Centers for Independent Living (CILs) Can Assist VR&E and Veterans
Background
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) have collaborated with the Department of Veteran Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU will assist CILs and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) to collaboratively address Veteran needs. Information on NCIL and APRIL is on the back side of this information sheet.
Services
CILs provide services to the community as well as individuals. All CILs can provide:

Staff at CILs can work with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) to collaboratively address Veteran needs. For Veterans receiving VR&E services under an independent living or vocationally-oriented rehabilitation plan, staff at a CIL may help by:




  • problem solving and removing obstacles to completing the plan of services



  • advocating for the Veteran



  • teaching self-advocacy skills to increase Veteran empowerment



  • finding a volunteer placement opportunity in the community



  • informing the VRC about unmet needs that require further investigation



  • coordinating activities not specifically in the Veteran’s rehabilitation plan that will help the Veteran achieve plan goals



  • advocating on a Veteran’s behalf with a landlord for home modifications, especially if the housing is publicly subsidized (HUD, MSHDA, etc.)



  • providing computer literacy training in the Veteran’s home, under some circumstances



  • reporting concerns that need attention to the VRC as soon as possible (via email or telephone, depending on the VRC’s preference)



  • maintaining contact with the Veteran to encourage participation in VR&E services



  • helping coordinate other VA services through the VRC

Staff at the CIL will also help any consumer who is a Veteran contact the appropriate VA source for assistance.


Contact Information
Contact your local CIL to discuss other services that may be provided. To find a CIL near you, access: http://www.ncil.org/directory.html
About NCIL and APRIL
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), based in Washington, DC, is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. www.ncil.org

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is also a national grassroots consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization consisting of Centers for Independent Living, their satellites and branch offices, Statewide Independent Living Councils, other organizations and individuals concerned with the independent living issues of people with disabilities living in rural America. APRIL has membership in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. www.april-rural.org



Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Regional Office Information


Station Name Updated: 02/21/2012

VREO

AVREO/CIC

RO Address

Chicago, IL

Mr. Evan Lewis 312-980-4441

Kelly Rodriguez 312-980-4442

2122 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612

Des Moines, IA

Mr. Beyer, Randal 515-323-7557

515-323-7550



N/A

210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Fargo, ND

Ms. Shannon Farha 701-451-4652 (Office)

701-451-4653 (Direct)

605-333-6845


N/A

2101 Elm Street
Fargo, ND 58102

Houston, TX

Ms. Kelly Shupak 713-383-1982 (Direct)

713-383-1985 (Office)



Ms. Seketha Wilson-Cook 713-383-1979 (Direct) 713-383-1985 (Office)

6900 Almeda Rd.
Houston, TX 77030

Lincoln, NE

Mr. Rodney Hackney

402-420-4134 (Direct)

402-420-4342 (Office)


N/A

3800 Village Drive
Lincoln Nebraska 68501

Little Rock, AR

Mr. Grant Swanson 501-370-3779 (Direct)

501-370-3780 (Office)



N/A

2200 Fort Roots Drive, Bldg 65
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114

Milwaukee, WI

Ms. Nicole Navigato 414-902-5120 (Office)

414-902-5116 (Direct)



N/A

5400 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Muskogee, OK

Ms. Kathy Wentzel 918-781-7548 (Office)

918-781-7540 (Direct)



Mr. Herbert Morris 918-781-7534 (Direct)

125 South Main Street
Muskogee, OK 74401

New Orleans, LA

Ms. Carolyn Seymour-Pannell 504-619-4361 (Direct)

504-619-4360 (Office)



N/A

1250 Poydras Street, Suite 200
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113

Sioux Falls, SD

Ms. Shannon Farha (contact at Fargo) 701-451-4652

N/A

2501 West 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

St. Louis, MO

Ms. Corliss Strathearn

314-552-9353 (Direct)

314-552-9881 (Office)


N/A

400 S. 18th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

St. Paul, MN

Mr. Douglas Smith 612-970-5440

N/A

VA Regional Office
1 Federal Drive, Fort Snelling
St. Paul, MN 55111-4050

Waco, TX

VACANT

254-299-9800 (Office)

254-299-9816 (Direct)


VACANT

254-299-9800 (Office)

254-299-9801 (Direct)


701 Clay Avenue
Waco, Texas 76799

Wichita, KS

Ms. Linda Steffensmeier

316-688-6842



N/A

5500 E. KELLOGG
WICHITA, KS 67218

Baltimore, MD

Ms. Gina Klaus 410-230-4551 (Direct)

N/A

31 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201

Boston, MA

Ms. Jennifer Hersey 617-303-5533 (Direct)

N/A

JFK Federal Building 15 New Sudbury Street
Boston, MA 02203

Buffalo, NY

Ms. Susan Fitzgibbons

716-857-3370 (Direct)

716-857-3405 (Office)


N/A

130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Cleveland, OH

Mr. Jim Jacobs (216) 522-3535 - x3850

216-522-3535 (Office)



Mr. John McCarthy (216) 522-3535 - x3849 216-522-3535 (Office)

1240 East 9th Street Cleveland, OH 44199

Detroit, MI

Mr. Dave Van Allen 313-471-3812 (Direct)

313-471-3800 (Office)



Ms. Cheryl Formell 313-471-3805 (Direct)

313-471-3800 (Office)



Patrick V. McNamara Federal Bldg 477 Michigan Ave Detroit, MI 48226

Hartford, CT

Mr. Mel Wilson 860-666-7387 (Direct)

860-666-7379 (Office)



N/A

555 Willard Avenue, Building 2E

Newington, CT 06111



Indianapolis, IN

VACANT 317-916-3740 (Office)

317-916-3750 (Direct)



Mr. Michael Buescher

317-916-3740 (Office) 317-916-3485 (Direct)



New Temporary: 7525 East 39th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46226 Old: 575 N Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Manchester, NH

Ms. Ruth Comeau 603-222-5751 (Office)

603-222-5752 (Direct)



N/A

Norris Cotton Federal Building
275 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101

New York, NY

Mr. Steven Sribnick 212-807-3030 (Office)

212-807-3135 (Direct)



N/A

245 W. Houston Street
New York, NY 10014

Newark, NJ

Mr. Daniel Umlauf 973-297-3201 (Direct)

N/A

20 Washington Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102-3174

Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Kristine Kuehnle

215-842-2000 x4107

215-381-3028 (Office)


Ms. Geralyn Mushinski

215-842-2000 x4117

215-381-3028 (Office)


5000 Wissahickon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Pittsburgh, PA

Mr. Ben Butler 412-395-6070 (Office)

412-395-6067 (Direct)



N/A

1000 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Providence, RI

Mr. Kim Wennermark

401-223-3611 (Direct)

401-223-3607 (Office)


N/A

380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Togus, ME

Mr. Jeff Jones

207-626-4788 ext. 4871



N/A

1 VA Center Augusta, ME 04330

White River Junction, VT

Ms. Ruth Comeau 603-222-5751

N/A

215 North Main StreetWhite River Junction, VT 05009

Wilimington, DE

Ms. Kristine Kuehnle

215-842-2000 x4107



Ms. Geralyn Mushinski

215-842-2000 x4117



1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE 19805

Atlanta, GA

Ms. Amy Thompson 404-929-3176 (Direct)

404-929-3152 (Office)



Ms. Ladina Upshaw 404-929-5512 (Direct)

404-929-3152 (Office)



1700 Clairmont Road
Decatur , GA 30033 or PO Box 100024
Decatur, GA 30031-7024

Columbia, SC

Mr. Stan Oliver 803-647-2399 (Direct)

803-647-2400 (Office)



Mr. Paul Knight 803-647-2398 (Direct)

803-647-2400 (Office)



6437 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, SC 29209

Huntington, WV

VACANT

304-399-9300 (Office)

304-399-9376 (Direct)


N/A

640 4TH Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701

Jackson, MS

Mr. Don Taylor

601-364-7165 (Office)

601-364-7164 (Direct)


N/A

1600 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.
Jackson, MS 39216

Louisville, KY

Ms. Jan LeClerc 502-566-4453 (Office)

502-566-4444 (Direct)



Ms. Tameel Benders

502-566-4453 (Office)

502-566-4451(Direct)


321 West Main Street, Suite 390
Louisville, KY 40202 - 6200

Montgomery, AL

Mr. Tom Ruzicka 334-396-1986 (Office) Ext - 11 (Direct)

Ms. Charma Haskins 334-396-1986 (Office) Ext - 12 (Direct)

345 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL 36109

Nashville, TN

Ms. Bettye Porcceddu

615-695-6372 (Office) 615-695-6150 (Direct)



Ms. Trena Hyde 615-695-6372 (Office) 615-695-6156 (Direct)

110 9th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37075

Roanoke, VA

Ms. Karen DeSeguirant

540-597-1670 (Direct)



Ms. Trina Brown 757-441-6760

210 Franklin Road, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24011

San Juan, PR

Mr. Lathe Bragg 787-772-7344 (Direct) 787-772-7341 (Office)

N/A

150 Carlos Chardon Ave Ste 232
San Juan, PR 00918-1703

St. Petersburg, FL

Ms. Maria Rodriquez

727-319-7934 (Direct)

727-319-7902 (Office)


Ms. Kim Lloyd

727-319-7935 (Direct)

727-319-7902 (Office)


9500 Bay Pines Blvd
St Petersburg, FL 33708

Washington, DC - AMC

Jamie Bozeman

Ms. Chantile Stovall

202-530-9121 (Office)

202-530-9153 (Direct)


1722 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20421

Winston-Salem, NC

Ms. Carolyn Lightfoot

336-714-0857 336-714-6099



Mr. Don Barnett 336-714-0803

251 N. Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27155

Albuquerque, NM

Ms. Kathryn Nelsen 505-346-4860 (Direct)

505-346-3780 (Office)



N/A

500 Gold Ave. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Anchorage, AK

Terry Jackson 907-257-4770 (Direct) 907-257-4764 (Office)

N/A

1201 N Muldoon Road
Anchorage, AK 99504

Boise, ID

Ms. Linda Parker 801-326-2424 (Direct)

208-429-2228 (Office)



N/A

444 W. Fort Street
Boise, Idaho 83702-4531

Denver, CO

Mr. Jim Ziruolo

303-914-5540 (Direct)

303-914-5550 (Office)


Ms. Ann Cederle 303-914-5542 (Direct)

303-914-5550 (Office)



155 Van Gordon Street
Lakewood, CO 80228

Ft. Harrison, MT

Mr. Aaron Pugh 406-495-2010 (Direct)

406-495-2011 (Office)



N/A

3633 Veterans Drive
Fort Harrison, MT 59636

Honolulu, HI

VACANT

808-433-0560 or 808-433-0561



N/A

459 Patterson Road, E-Wing
Honolulu, HI 96819-1522

Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Tim Johnston 310-235-6122 (Direct)

Mr. Garry Monji 310-235-6117 (Direct)

Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Manila, PI

N/A

Ms. Phebe Pendon (CIC) 011-632-301-2650

PSC 501, DPO AP 96515
OR
US Embassy - Seafront Compound
1501Roxas Boulevard Pasay City, Philippines

Oakland, CA

Mr. Joe Warner 510-637-6215 (Direct)

510-637-6128 (Office)



Mr. Norm Corson 916-364-6718 (Direct)

1301 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Walter Strong 602-627-2800 (Office)

602-627-2777 (Direct)



Ms. Tammy Tanner

602-627-2800 (Office)

602-627-2778 (Direct)


3333 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Portland, OR

Mr. Chris Olson 503-412-4577 (Direct)

503-412-4563 (Office)



Mr. Frederick Coelyn

503-412-4559 (Direct)



100 SW Main Street, Floor 2
Portland, Oregon 97204-2998

Reno, NV

Ms. Jean Chadwick 775-321-4821 (Office)

702-258-0877 x643



N/A

5460 Reno Corporate Drive
Reno, NV 89511

Salt Lake City, UT

Ms. Linda Parker 801-326-2424 (Direct)

801-326-2431 (Office)



 

550 Foothill Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113

San Diego, CA

Ms. Linda Raffignone

619-400-5479 (Direct)

619-400-5381 (Office)


Ms. Cecilia Lomas 619-400-5480 (Direct)

619-400-5381 (Office)



8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Seattle, WA

Mr. David Boyd 206-220-6128 x3461

Ms. Karolyn Barnes

206-220-6128 x3460



915 Second Ave
Seattle WA 98174



VetSuccess Contractor Information


RO Name

Contractor Name

Contractor Email

Boston

VR&E Services for Veterans, LLC.

amos.martinez@vre4vets.com fred.steier@vre4vets.com george.moore@vre4vets.com connie.hounshell@vre4vets.com

Providence

VR&E Services for Veterans, LLC.

amos.martinez@vre4vets.com fred.steier@vre4vets.com george.moore@vre4vets.com connie.hounshell@vre4vets.com

New York

ICD - Internation Center for the Disabled

mjacobson@icdnyc.org

Buffalo

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Hartford

CRC Services, LLC.

david.soja@crc-s.com

Newark

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Philadelphia

Goodwill Industries of Central PA, Inc.

lmealia@yourgoodwill.org ssoderberg@yourgoodwill.com

Pittsburgh

David A. Zak & Associates, LLC.

zakrehab@comcast.net

Pittsburgh-Foreign

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Baltimore

Yano Rehabilitation

yanorehab@aol.com

Roanoke

Rehabilitative Services & Vocational Placement, Inc.

erice@rsvprehab.com

Huntington

George Moore & Associates, Inc.

connieh@gmaservices.com

Atlanta

Pioneer Rehabilitation, Inc.

aoshea@pioneerrehabilitation.com

St. Petersburg

Voyager Rehabilitation

jalbert@momentumhc.com

St. Petersburg

Rosengren/Reid LLC.

garrosengren@gmail.com bettyreidrn@earthlink.net

St. Petersburg

VR&E Services for Veterans, LLC.

amos.martinez@vre4vets.com fred.steier@vre4vets.com george.moore@vre4vets.com connie.hounshell@vre4vets.com

Winston-Salem

George Moore & Associates, Inc.

connieh@gmaservices.com

Columbia

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Nashville

AllPro Staffnet

louis.tapia@allprostaffnet.com

Montgomery

AllPro Staffnet

louis.tapia@allprostaffnet.com

Jackson

AllPro Staffnet

louis.tapia@allprostaffnet.com

Cleveland

Veterans Transition Services

sguthauser@veteranstransitionservices.com

Louisville

Eckman/Freeman Associates

tlcain@eckmanfreeman.com

Detroit

Rehabilitation Team Associates

bruce@rehabteam.com sandy@rehabteam.com rtainc@rehabteam.com

Milwaulkee

ALARIS - Robert Otis

rob.otos@alarisgroup.com

St. Louis

MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries

jcartnal@mersgoodwill.org lchartock@mersgoodwill.org

Des Moines

ALARIS - Robert Otis

rob.otos@alarisgroup.com

Lincoln

Stubbe & Associates

sschlottach@stubbe.com

St Paul

ALARIS - Robert Otis

rob.otos@alarisgroup.com

Denver

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Albuquerque

Human Services Outcomes, Inc.

hso@mindspring.com

Salt Lake City

Life Work Consulting, Inc.

lifeworkconsulting@comcast.net

Oakland

Veterans Transition Services

sguthauser@veteranstransitionservices.com

Los Angeles

Veterans Transition Services

sguthauser@veteranstransitionservices.com

Los Angeles

David Anderson

dcaphd@gmail.com estherwpc@gmail.com

Phoenix

Karen Gardner/Focus Employment Services

kareng@msn.com

Seattle

Floyd & Associates, LLC.

steflo2005@comcast.net

Portland

Career Associates, LLC.

Jaye@RegionalRehab.net

Waco

CJ Turner

Calvin@capcityrehabgroup.com

Little Rock

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

Reno

Baumann Associates

drbaumann@baumannassoc.com

San Juan

Rosa Brown Consultants, Inc.

rosab@ahora.net

Houston

CJ Turner

Calvin@capcityrehabgroup.com

Washington D.C.

George Moore & Associates, Inc.

connieh@gmaservices.com

Manchester

VR&E Services for Veterans, LLC.

amos.martinez@vre4vets.com fred.steier@vre4vets.com george.moore@vre4vets.com connie.hounshell@vre4vets.com

San Diego

Advanced Careers

Lizet@advancing-careers.com

San Diego

Certified Career Consultants

peter@certifiedcareerconsultants.com

San Diego

Veterans Transition Services

sguthauser@veteranstransitionservices.com

Togus

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com

White River Junction

VR&E Services for Veterans, LLC.

amos.martinez@vre4vets.com fred.steier@vre4vets.com george.moore@vre4vets.com connie.hounshell@vre4vets.com

Fargo

Stubbe & Associates

sschlottach@stubbe.com

Souix Falls

Stubbe & Associates

sschlottach@stubbe.com

Anchorage

Sterling Medical Associates

rblatt@sterlingmedcorp.com


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