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Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Veterans Engagement Board working to improve local support services for Veterans – The Northern Shenandoah Valley Community Veterans Engagement Board serves Veterans and their families with a focus area of the City of Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County and Warren County, but does not limit assistance or networking based on location. Since the board was formed they have held four events, 10 board meetings and four joint meetings with Joining Community Forces (a community collaborative held quarterly in the region by the Red Cross). [VAntage Point Blog - March 20, 2019]

Secretary Wilkie delivers State of VA to House Committee on Appropriations – Secretary Wilkie began his testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Constructions, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, on Tuesday by highlighting reports and studies that showed it is no longer “business as usual” for VA. The Partnership for Public Service’s reported VA is one of the best places to work in federal government. [VAntage Point Blog - March 17, 2019]

Veterans need ‘friendly’ communities to adjust to civilian life – here’s how to make it happen – The Veterans Experience Office currently maintains 153 Community Veterans Engagement Boards (CVEBs) across the country, with 31 in development. These boards represent and serve more than 12 million Veterans and more than 50 million of their families and caregivers. [VAntage Point Blog - February 28, 2019]

Volunteers needed in D.C. to assemble 25,000 care pouches for Operation Gratitude – The Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) is seeking volunteers in the Washington, D.C. metro area to assemble 25,000 Operation Gratitude care pouches. The charity organization “seeks to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities” by delivering individually addressed care packages to deployed troops and National Guardsmen, law enforcement officers, and firefighters in cities across America. [VAntage Point Blog - December 18, 2018]

VetTalkX – Nationwide series to shift the Veteran perception – This Veterans month, the VA, in collaboration local Community Veteran Engagement Boards, hosted a nationwide series of VetTalkX events in November. These events feature Veterans sharing their stories of post-military life. [VAntage Point Blog - November 28, 2018]

Florida Veteran advocates meet in Orlando to improve Veteran outcomes in their communities – Dozens of organization that provide services to Veterans and their families throughout Florida met in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 3 united by a common goal – to provide extraordinary service to Veterans and their families. The Florida Veteran-Friendly Communities Symposium was hosted by Mission United as a public, private, non-profit partnership. [VAntage Point Blog - August 28, 2018]

Maine Veterans share their experiences at VetTalkX, statewide Veteran’s conference – The Maine Military Community Network (MMCN) hosted its 8th annual statewide Veteran’s conference late last month. The day started with keynote speaker Dr. Nancy Sherman, progressed to a panel on “Using the Humanities” and then to service awards. [VAntage Point Blog - August 10, 2018]

Colorado Veterans from all eras meet to improve the Veterans Experience – More than 70 members and supporters of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado recently sat down to conduct their June meeting. Most of the Veteran organizations in Colorado, including the VA, were represented. [VAntage Point Blog - July 12, 2018]

VA thanks nine communities across the country for being Veteran-friendly – VA recently thanked nine Veteran friendly communities from across the country to highlight community-based efforts of improving the Veteran outcomes. These communities, who pioneered the joint community/VA partnerships called Community Veteran Engagement Boards have maximized their collective impact of local services, stakeholders, and federal/state agencies working together to improve Veteran outcomes where they live, work, and raise their families. [VAntage Point Blog - May 25, 2018]

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