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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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Welcome Message

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative (CFOI) is an office located in the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA). Our mission is to engage, educate and inform faith-based, community, and non-profit organizations about the VA tools and resources that will equip them to better serve the Veterans, their families, survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries within their organizations

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiative was established on June 1, 2004, by Executive Order 13342 and we are excited to celebrate our ongoing impact on the Veteran community! We need your organizations help to make every year a success by assisting us to reach the 24.4 million Veterans across the country.

We do this by:

  • Partnering with organizations to host outreach events that serve our Veterans, their families, and beneficiaries through breakout sessions on Veteran Benefits, survivors assistance, Veteran homelessness, opioid epidemic, and suicide prevention training by a trained VA suicide prevention coordinator (SPC), to name a few
  • Providing faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) with tools and resources about VA programs and services.
  • Strengthen FBCO partnership through volunteering, coordinating clergy specific suicide prevention training, and establishing a Veterans welcome center/ministry

VA CFOI wants to hear about all 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. Respectfully,

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

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: https://vasession.eventbrite.com

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


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