Establish a VA Work Group to address issues and concerns related to the WHIAAPI initiative by establishing a VA Work Groups to monitor and assess the implementation of the WHAAPI FY 2014 and FY 2015 Plan.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Identify locations of high populations of homeless Veterans and develop measures and tracking system to track status of homeless Veterans by race, ethnicity, and gender.
Develop and implement plans to assist AAPI Veterans with employment services and housing.
Implement training to educate AAPI employees on leadership, career development, and educational programs.
Increase outreach to AAPI communities to improve AAPI application rates for VA employment. Market and brand the VA as a model employer.
Increase access to information on VA Grants, to include grant programs for research and development, Cemetery Grants, homeless Veterans, Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant. Conduct community outreach to underserved AAPI populations in support of VA grant programs; ensure social inclusion language.
In conjunction with HUD, assist 24,400 additional homeless Veterans (12,200/year) in obtaining housing and reduce the number of homeless Veterans to 35,000 in 2013, to be measured by the January 2014 Point-In-Time homeless count.
Rigorously enforce civil rights statutes/laws that require equal access and non-discrimination in federal programs that involve grants, loans, contracts, financial aid and other benefits.
Continue partnering with AANAPISIs and other AAPI organizations to increase awareness and participation in VA internship, fellow, and work-study programs.
Increase AAPI awareness of health and other resources and accessibility to healthcare, including behavioral health care services.
Continue to work with Department of Defense and Veterans groups to address compensation of Filipino Veterans of World War II.
Increase the diversity of the applicant pool for Senior Executive Service (SES) positions in the VA.
Promote AAPI presence on VA and other Federal Advisory Councils which promote the goals of Executive Order 13515, Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Federal Programs by increasing AAPI representation on VA and Federal Advisory Councils, committees and work groups.