Participants Selected for Pilot Program in Rural Communities

United States Department of Veterans Affairs's picture
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

September 2, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

September 2, 2014

Participants Selected for Pilot Program in Rural Communities

Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) Grant Program Awards up to $2 million for 2 Years

 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced selection of five organizations and State and local governments to participate in a new pilot program to assist Veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities.

 The Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) is two-year program that awards up to $2 million to the five participating governments and organizations. Grantees are expected to use the funds designed to aid in the adjustment to civilian life in one or more of the following areas: (1) Increasing coordination of health care and benefits for Veterans; (2) Increasing availability of high quality medical and mental health services; (3) Providing assistance to families of transitioning Veterans, and; (4) Outreach to Veterans and families. 

 “We want to do everything that we can do to support our Veterans and their families,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We are looking forward to working with these organizations. This two-year pilot will not only be beneficial to those Veterans we currently serve, but to future Veterans as we learn best practices to replicate it in other rural communities throughout the country.

 Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health, echoed Mr. McDonald’s sentiments. 

 “With such a large percentage of enrolled Veterans residing in rural and highly rural areas, we welcome the opportunity to focus on this unique population and the great strides VA has made to improve their access to care,” said Dr. Clancy.VA will use information obtained through the pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of using community-based organizations and local and State government entities to improve the provision of services to transitioning Veterans and their families.”

 The five selectees are:

  • Maine Department of Labor – State Entity;

  • Westcare Washington, Inc. – (Washington State to include Oregon) - Non-Profit Organization;

  • Volunteers of America North Louisiana (includes Arkansas and Texas) – Non-Profit Organization;

  • New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services – State Entity; and

  • Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors – Non-Profit Organization.


People wishing to receive e-mail from VA with the latest news releases and updated fact sheets can subscribe to the
VA Office of Public Affairs Distribution List.

Copy this html code to your website/blog to embed this press release.


Post new comment

6 + 0 =

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Page execution time was 2697.76 ms.

Memory usage:

Memory used at: devel_init()=2.13 MB, devel_shutdown()=22.57 MB.