helping rural veterans access the internet
Access to technology remains one of the greatest unmet challenges facing veterans living in rural communities. The Alaska Coalition for Veterans & Military Families has partnered with the Department of Alaska Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, the Mat-Su Health Foundation, the Usibelli Foundation, the Homer Foundation, the Valdez Native Tribe, and the Seldovia Village Tribe to address this need.
In 2020, the Coalition launched CoalitionConnect, an intiative to outfit VFW posts and tribal centers with laptops and access to high-speed internet. These Local Area Stations (LAS) are currently available for veteran use in the following areas:
- VFW Post, Wasilla
- VFW Post, Talkeetna
- VFW Post, Delta Junction
- Valdez Native Tribe, Valdez
- SVT Health & Wellness, Homer
how to check out a laptop
Veterans needing to use a computer for the purposes of employment seeking, medical and behavioral health appointments, or school, may use a laptop at their local VFW or tribal center by calling their nearest facility and scheduling an appointment. To register, you must present the post with a military ID, VA card, or VFW card. You will need to call 907-334-0873 to set up your username and password.