The results have been astonishing. In the past four years, NVTSI and REBOOT have:
- Graduated over 1500 service members/ veterans.
- Conducted 85 classes (including 5 all-female classes).
- Maintained a 97% employment/ education success rate:
- 49% choose to attend school
- 51% gained employment
- Started focused workshops designed for people with disabilities.
- Gained national recognition by the White House as ‘Champions of Change’
- Developed partnerships with established national organizations: Goodwill, The Salvation Army, Easter Seals, and Wounded Warrior Project
The program does not solely benefit recent veterans. Success has also occurred during outreach programs with veterans of the Vietnam war. In 2013, newly appointed Director of Michigan Veterans Affairs, Jeff Barnes, went to San Diego in search of best practices. After meeting with NVTSI, Director Barnes sought to adopt REBOOT, and allocated funds to do so. The first Detroit REBOOT Workshop™ was offered in 2014 to homeless Vietnam veterans. There had been some difficulty in filling the initial workshop, but by the end of the 3-week session the participants were so impressed, they volunteered to fill the next workshop with other homeless veterans who could benefit. Four months later, the next event offered in Detroit was full.
REBOOT’s success has also been celebrated by The White House’s Performance Improvement Council, the University of San Diego’s Program audit team, and the Pepperdine University research team.
Additionally, the program has been externally evaluated by the University of San Diego’s Caster Center for Non-profit and Philanthropic Research through an independent study.
When compared to traditional Department of Defense transition programs, there is an evident contrast: The impact and return on investment is significant. Results include:
- Increased employment
- Improved job placement, stability and retention
- Improved economic productivity
- Improved individual and family health and well-being
- Reduced social service costs
- Reduced criminal justice costs • Reduced homelessness
- Improved productivity
- Improved public perception of veteran treatment
Unlike other government funded programs, REBOOT takes a broader, holistic approach, therefore, has struggled to meet funding criteria. However, on August 26th, 2016, the California Employment Training Panel approved REBOOT for funding – a huge step forward in program expansion.
Since NVTSI offers the program free of charge to all eligible veterans, REBOOT looks to gain future sponsorship through corporations and individuals. NVTSI will continue to work to gain additional government funding, with the goal of offering REBOOT to every veteran in the US.