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
- Reviewed 2017 Survey Results; Presented by Julia Yuhasz, Co-Communications Liaison
Introductions of Members (Lead by George Vukovich, Co-Chair)
- Mara Boggs presented on what Senator Manchin is doing in West Virginia for Veterans
- Danielle Clum from Veterans Upward Bound did a drawing
- January 11th and 13th 2018: Heroes on the River Veterans Ski Trip, POC Adam Packham, email@example.com
- Closing Remarks
- January 26th, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Hospice of the Panhandle
330 Hospice Lane
Kearneysville, WV 25430
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Detailed survey analytics can be found here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PeZFWWPBKqYEeSIBSurD_MIBA2b6ch25RAA5JVAwisI/viewanalytics.
- 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 housing: limited availability of affordable housing (50.8%).
- Biggest issue related to mental and spiritual health: reentry 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 employment: identifying, obtaining and keeping good employment opportunities (54.5%)
- Biggest issue related to transportation: limited 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%)