A Partnership Program with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Serving is more than a word.
Military Outreach USA
3020 Milwaukee Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
What is a Community Covenant?
- A Community Covenant is a formal commitment of support by state, county and local government agencies and their community partners to Veterans and their Families as well as Active Duty Military, National Guard and Reserves (the Military Community)
- A Community Covenant fosters and sustains effective government and community relationships to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their Families
- It is tailored to the local level, covenant signing ceremonies recognize the strength of Veterans, their Families, and the support of the local community
- Allows the sharing of programs to assist communities in finding ways to support Veterans and their Families
- It provides a means by which Veterans and Families can find access to additional programs
- It is a Community based program that includes recognition of all Veterans, Service Members and their Families
Why is there a need?
As fewer than .5% of the population currently serves in the military coupled with a dwindling population of Veterans (less than 7% of the population) there is a growing need for government, houses of worship, organizations and caring individuals to step up and help serve those who served us.
While the Department of Veterans Affairs makes every effort to serve our nation's Veterans fewer than half of eligible Veterans are enrolled in the VA system. It makes it incumbent upon local communities to recognize and provide assistance when possible to the men, women and their families who have borne the defense of our Freedoms.
A Community Covenant will bring together all parties in a community to recognize and serve those in our Military Community.
How to Begin
- Local leaders from government, non-profit, education, social service, faith based groups, and private citizens are inspired to support and assist Veterans and their Families in the local community
- Key players establish a collaborate group/committee to coordinate efforts
- The committee works with local VA leadership and/or directly with Veterans to identify needed programs and services
- The committee works on local solutions to assist Veterans and their Families in their community
- After the committee identifies needs and potential assistance, a Community Covenant signing ceremony is a way to formalize the commitment. The signing is purely symbolic, but carries a deep moral commitment to support Veterans and their Families in the community
Where is help needed?
In the document the State of the American Veteran areas where help is needed are identified to include such topics as transitioning to civilian life, the need for food, shelter and social support.
The Adopt-a-VA Program, built on the three pillars of:
Programs and Events
VA Facility Partnerships
will help provide to Covenant participants ways in which their community can support the Military Community.
Contact us to receive more information on how you and your community can initiate a Community Covenant.