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Eligibility Determination

Pre-Need Burial Eligibility Determination

Now offering Veterans and family members eligibility determinations for burial in a VA national cemetery. Plan in advance and ease the burden on your loved ones.

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Community Engagement

What is a Veteran-Friendly Community?
The Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) Model enables Veteran advocates, service providers, Veterans and stakeholders to convene and have a voice in identifying their community goals and work to resolve issues at the local level to improve service delivery for Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivors.
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VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

Mission of the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention

To Integrate surveillance with intervention development through research to inform the implementation of effective Veteran suicide prevention strategies.

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Recents Events

November 1st, 2018: "Day of Prayer and Reflection"
     VA Central Office, VACO, Sonny Montgomery Conference Center, Rm #230,
     810 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, DC

November 3rd, 2018: "CFOI and Salvation Armey, West LA Outreach Event"
       Salvation Army Bell Shelter, 55600 Rickenbacker Road, Bldg. 2a, Bell Gardens,
       CA 90201
November 5th, 2018:"Clergy Training on Suicide Prevention" 
        Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, 209 Joralemon Street,
        Brooklyn, NY 11201

November 8th, 2018: "Dallas (Job Fair/Outreach Event)"     
        Gilley's Dallas, 1135 Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75215.  To learn more about this
        event and to register:

November 11th, 2018: "Veteran Appreaciation Day"
        Clarendon Road Church, 3304 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY  11203

November 14th, 2018: "CFOI and Volunteers of America Outreach Event"
        Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrance, Miami, FL 33137

The VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) is an internal staff office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the mission of engaging, informing and educating faith-based, nonprofit and community/neighborhood organizations in VA programs to better serve the needs of Veterans, their familiires, survivors, caregivers and other beneficiaries.
VA CFOI achieves our mission be deloping and cultivating partnerships with organizations which already provide services to Veterans, who walk through their doors daily.  The Center for Faith-based and Community Initiative was established on June 1, 2004, by Executive Order 13342 and we excited to celebrate and on going impact in the community!  We need your organzations help to make every year a success by assisting us to reach the 24,4 million Veterans across the country. 

Here are VA CFOI Strategic priorities for Faith-based, Nonprofit and Community Organzations (FBCOs):

  • Provide CBCOs with tools and resources about VA programs and services.
  • Disseminate to FBCOs comphensive community-based Veterans suicide prevention resources
  • Connect FBCOs with housing and VA services for homeless veterans
  • Connect FBCO with VA programs and services to promote hope, help and resilience for veterans experiencing mental health concerns and/or conditions.

We recongize each community has different needs: therfore, we encourage your organization to contact VA CFOI directly to discuss ways we can efficiently and effectively reach the Veterans in your community.  VA CFOI welcome the opportunity to conduct workshops, speak at conferences/events and provide VA resources,etc; in order to equip your organization with information about VA benefits and programs.  It is our goal to reach each veterans across world and we have no doubt VA CFOI can do it with your help!

VA CFOI wants to hear all about the good work and stories your organization is doing in the community to support Veterans to be featured   on our webpage, Also please subscribe to our webpage to start receiving VA CFOI news and upcoming events.


Conrad Washington
Deputy Director
VA Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI)

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Connect with Us

  • Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (CFOI)
    810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20420
    Phone:  202-461-7689