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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.  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 where they live, work, and raise their families.

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 CVEB 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 to foster the creation of ‘Veteran-friendly Communities.’

Where are Community Veterans Engagement Boards?

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

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Locate the VA Veterans Experience Office CVEB point of contact by state.

CVEB Best Practices

» Follow proven success factors of collective impact and principles of community engagement that guide the CVEBs;

» Integrate local service providers and stakeholders with local VA offices to address gaps in services;

» Identify targeted localized goals and follow a model of impact metrics; and

» Remain inclusive, accessible, and share information on community engagement activities with the public and listen to the voice of the Veteran, family, caregiver, and survivor.

CVEB 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 Veteran-Friendly 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
Need More?

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

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