In August 2018, the Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board was formed with a mission of advocacy and support for local veterans. LCCVEB enables veteran advocates, service providers, veterans and other stakeholders to work initiatives that improve service delivery to veterans, families, caregivers and survivors on a local level.
According to Chairman Jim Mullen, the LCCVEB focuses on promoting a healthy and enriched lifestyle for Loudoun County Veterans and their family members through community outreach and advocacy on Loudoun County Veteran issues. The LCCVEB is supported by 14 veteran service organizations and 12 individual members who offer a variety of support services to Veterans across Loudoun County.
“The LCCVEB is focused on ensuring that issues affecting our veterans are presented to Loudoun County, state, and U.S. government officials,” Mullens said. He noted that the LCCVEB is part of an active veterans’ support group that includes the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors who funded a full-time Loudoun County Veterans Coordinator, Tom Grant, and U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) and her staff, who are working critical issues facing our veterans.
Two long-term initiatives include improving access to VA medical services in Loudoun County. Local veterans currently travel to the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC or Martinsburg, WV for routine care. Providing services in this area will have a positive impact for our veterans and Loudoun County as a whole. Second, the LCCVEB is working with the VA to host a two-day Veterans Experience Action Center event in June that will allow veterans to work one-on-one with VA representatives to file their claims. In addition to working with VA representatives on their claims, veterans will also have an opportunity to hear from local, state, and VA representatives about issues of importance to them.
“The LCCVEB is excited to offer this program to over 60,000 veterans and their dependents that reside in Loudoun County. It’s important for our veterans to know there is an organization that is working to better the care and services they receive in Loudoun County,” Mullens said.
Any Loudoun County resident interested in the welfare of Loudoun County veterans, active duty military and their family members, government agencies, schools, churches, civic groups, and other community organizations is welcome to take part in identifying issues important to veterans. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.