Four State CVEB Meeting Minutes

December 22nd, 2017

10:30 – 12:30

Hospice of the Panhandle



See sign-in sheet attached

Call to Order:

Pledge of Allegiance (Lead by George Vukovich, Co-Chair)

Networking and Brunch

Old Business:

  • Reviewed 2017 Survey Results; Presented by Julia Yuhasz, Co-Communications Liaison

Introductions of Members (Lead by George Vukovich, Co-Chair)

New Business

  • Mara Boggs presented on what Senator Manchin is doing in West Virginia for Veterans
  • Danielle Clum from Veterans Upward Bound did a drawing

Upcoming Events:

  • Closing Remarks

Next Meeting:

  • January 26th, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM  

Hospice of the Panhandle

330 Hospice Lane

Kearneysville, WV 25430

Action Item Assigned To: Deadline:
Meeting Minutes Ashley & LaDonna A.S.A.P
Submit Objectives and Measurable Items to G-mail Committee Leads A.S.A.P
Send Agenda items to G-mail All A.S.A.P
Finalize Charter Officers T.B.D.

 Detailed survey analytics can be found here

Survey highlights:

  • 123 people responded to the 2017 veteran survey.

o   39 people responded in 2016 (a 300% improvement)!!! Huge shout out to Sandy Gosnell for her efforts and dedication to gathering surveys.

  • 78.9% (n= 93) of respondents were veterans; others were spouses or family members, neither, or provided no response
  • 59.3% (n=73) were Berkeley County residents
  • Biggest issue related to homelessness and housinglimited availability of affordable housing (50.8%).
  • Biggest issue related to mental and spiritual healthreentry into the community and/or work life (62.5%).

o   Access to mental health benefits was second (50.8%). Veteran suicide was the third greatest issue identified (48.3%).

  • Biggest issue related to employmentidentifying, obtaining and keeping good employment opportunities (54.5%)
  • Biggest issue related to transportationlimited transportation routes or services (59.8%).
  • Issues identified related to education and training were pretty evenly weighted:

o   Lack of transportation to school or training opportunities (45.1%)

o   Accessing financial aid or using academic credits (46%)

o   Learning financial management, budgeting or improving credit score (43.4%)

o   Lack of financial resources (45.1%)

o   Not understanding the system or how to apply (40.7%)

  • Biggest Justice and Legal issues: obtaining legal advice and lack of financial resources (both at 48.6% of those surveyed).
  • Biggest Public or Community Health concern for veterans: Not being connected or eligible for services or not understanding benefits (60.4% of respondents).
  • Biggest Veteran Resource issue: Barriers navigating the VA system (52.3%).
  • LASTLY: The TOP priority areas for Veteran issues identified:

o   Homelessness and Housing (61%)

o   Mental and Spiritual Health (48%)

o   Employment (42.3%)

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