County leaders are serving our nation’s veterans – welcoming newly separated service members into our communities, promoting access to stable housing, employment and education, delivering critical mental health services that treat trauma and prevent suicide, and funding County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) to help veterans claim their federal benefits.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is proud to unite county officials who are committed to implementing best practices and informing policies that help our nation’s military, veterans and their families thrive.
Urge Your Members of Congress to Pass the Commitment to Veteran Support and Outreach (CVSO) Act
The bipartisan CVSO Act (H.R. 4601/S. 2405) would strengthen county efforts to help veterans access their federal service-connected health, pension and disability benefits. Specifically, the legislation would:
- Authorize $50 million annually from Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 through FY 2026 for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award competitive grants to states to strengthen and expand CVSOs or similar local entities, including hiring and training additional CVSOs
- Direct the VA to prioritize grants for areas with a critical shortage of county or tribal veterans service officers, areas with high rates of suicide among veterans, and areas with high rates of referrals to the Veterans Crisis Line
- Direct the VA Secretary to develop guidance for outcome measures related to the goals of increased uptake of veterans’ benefits and increasing the number of VA accredited CVSOs in a given state
The CVSO Act would represent a historic federal investment in this key county workforce and help us better serve our veterans. This Veterans Day, please contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and pass the CVSO Act. You can also show your support for the legislation using NACo’s social media templates.
Happy Veterans Day from [NAME OF COUNTY], where the #CVSOAct will help us make a difference for veterans applying for VA benefits. Tell Congress to pass this important bill today https://vimeo.com/user118923288/review/641193703/0fefd3bf52
Did you know that CVSOs are funded by county dollars, even though they help veterans access their federal benefits? It’s time for our federal partners to pass the #CVSOAct to help us strengthen this critical workforce https://vimeo.com/user118923288/review/641193703/0fefd3bf52
Connecting veterans with VA care is an important suicide prevention strategy. Passing the #CVSOAct will strengthen [NAME OF COUNTY]’s ability to expand outreach and referrals to veterans in need of support https://vimeo.com/user118923288/review/641193703/0fefd3bf52
CVSOs across 29 states help generate more than $50B in annual VA benefit claims. Learn more about how the #CVSOAct would strengthen this critical county workforce: https://vimeo.com/user118923288/review/641193703/0fefd3bf52