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MyVA Community Model

myVA - Putting Veterans First

What is a MyVA Community?

The MyVA Communities model enables Veteran advocates, service providers, Veterans, and stakeholders to have a voice in identifying their community goals and work to resolve issues at the local level to improve service delivery for Veterans, Service members, and their families.

Community involvement is key to the success of the MyVA transformation effort.  As a result, VA leaders have begun participating more actively in community-based efforts to maximize the collective impact of local services, stakeholders, and federal/state agencies working together to improve Veteran outcomes.

Two paths have emerged in communities across the country.  In some communities, VA leaders have joined or increased their participation in existing community collaborative groups.  In other communities, the MyVA Communities model provides a supportive framework for community leaders to coordinate locally with VA leaders to develop new community Veterans engagement boards.  VA is appreciative of those community leaders around the country who have been so active and we look forward to strengthening our collaborations and collective impact.

Where are MyVA Communities?

Access our interactive map to find out where a community collaborative group or Veterans engagement board exists in your area.

Access the interactive map

MyVA Community Objectives

To bring together local resources and advocates to improve outcomes for Veterans, transitioning Service members, and their families.

To enable Veterans to easily identify and reach resources available to them, voice their opinions, and provide valuable input.

To resolve concerns at the local level and improve service delivery methods.

MyVA Communities Philosophical Model Framework

Inclusive

  • Open to all Veterans, Service members, their families, stakeholders, resources, advocates and existing community engagements/efforts
  • Establish a collaborative network within the community and provide the opportunity to connect with other MyVA Communities

Accessible

  • Conduct public forums to provide open lines of communication and opportunities to collaborate
  • Public forums will be held in geographically diverse locations to encourage broad participation

Community-driven

  • Focused on local issues identified by the community
  • Guided by a community veterans engagement board that understand the issues and is actively engaged in them

Flexible

  • Locally-led by communities to reflect their unique characteristics and populations
  • Allow for customization to meet local needs

Integrated

  • Connecting and leveraging local resources and capabilities to maximize impact and improve Veteran outcomes
  • VA provides an integrated presence with representation from all three administrations
MyVA Communities E-Summit

North Atlantic District CVEB Networking Event

September 2016 E-Summit

Thanks for joining the first ever MyVA Communities E-Summit held on September 9, 2016!

If you missed it, please watch the recorded broadcasts and view the brief slide deck used during the event:

Local communities can to continue the message of local community collaboration and working together to make a difference in the lives of Veterans, Service members, and their families.

Check out the VAantage Point Blog on the MyVA Communities E-Summit and how CVEBs are making an impact!

Inclusive - Accessible - Community-Driven - Flexible - Integrated

Need more information and want to find out more on existing communities or how to adopt the model in your community?  Please email MyVACommunities@va.gov.