Local service providers, community groups advised to prioritize set of key issues when collaborating to support veterans, their families and caregivers
WASHINGTON, January 30, 2019 (Newswire.com) - America’s Warrior Partnership today announced the publication of a resource guide issued by the Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB) Task Force, a group of more than 40 representatives from local community groups, national veteran-serving organizations and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The CVEB Task Force was composed primarily of members from local CVEB groups, which are volunteer teams of local veterans, advocates, veteran-serving organizations and other civic leaders based throughout the country.
The resource guide offers recommendations on how local CVEB groups can maximize their effectiveness serving veterans, their families and caregivers. The findings centered on selecting critical outcome areas that should be addressed within every community. These outcome areas include Outreach; Mental Health; Access to Healthcare; Suicide Prevention; Homelessness; Employment; and Education.
“The CVEB Task Force pulled insights from veteran-serving organizations across the country to identify these seven critical issues,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, a national nonprofit that participated in the CVEB Task Force. “Local CVEB groups are not required to dedicate their resources to these issues alone, but it is strongly recommended that they monitor these areas to ensure their community is laying the foundation for veterans to achieve the quality of life they deserve.”
The recommendations also detail the potential roles that local CVEB groups can take to facilitate success across these outcome areas. These six roles include serving as a center for information; coordinating the delivery of services to veterans; convening meetings within the community; collecting data for local veteran-serving organizations; educating community groups on best practices for serving veterans, or serving as a direct leader overseeing community efforts to support veterans. In addition, the CVEB Task Force resource guide outlines the type of data that should be collected and analyzed to monitor the group’s impact within each key outcome area.
“The VA started the CVEB initiative to help local veteran-serving organizations establish a platform where they could decide on the best path forward for supporting the unique needs of veterans in their community,” said Lorraine. “The Task Force was convened to provide local groups with guidelines on getting started, not requirements for how they need to operate. Every community has its own level of resources and capacity for serving veterans, so each CVEB group has the freedom to decide how best to direct its activities.”
The complete resource guide compiled by the CVEB Task Force is available on the Veterans Experience Office website. For more information on the CVEB initiative, visit AmericasWarriorPartnership.org/CVEB-Resource-Guide.
About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit www.AmericasWarriorPartnership.org.
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Source: America's Warrior Partnership