Rainbow Shield was created to address the need for culturally competent services for the LGBTQ veteran community through providing VSO services and educating veteran service providers and advocates. In their work, they have heard from both providers and LGBTQ veterans that there is a lack of understanding and resources when it comes to veteran-specific care or applying for benefits.
Often LGBTQ veterans feel unsafe or discouraged from seeking veteran services due to past experiences of discrimination or harassment. Additionally, many services providers and advocates want their LGBTQ veteran clients to feel respected and supported, but don’t have access to the resources or training to make the necessary changes in their interactions or workplaces.
The Rainbow Shield program is one of the many ways OutServe-SLDN is working to support the LGBTQ veteran community.
More info here: outserve-sldn.org