The Department of Veterans Affairs cannot serve our nation’s Veterans, military families, caregivers and survivors on its own. VA relies on community engagement and partnerships, ensuring the women and men who’ve served our Nation receive every service, resource and benefit they’ve earned.

The Midlands Veterans Engagement Council (MVEC) Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) answers the call to continue serving America’s Veterans. Based in Columbia, S.C., the MVEC serves the greater Midlands region. It collaborates with community-led organizations in the nonprofit community resource sector, including higher education and federal, state and local agencies.

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CVEB in Action

Midlands Veterans Engagement Council CVEB receiving the Veteran Friendly Community Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Secretary Robert Wilkie during their monthly meeting at the WJB Dorn VAMC in Columbia, South Carolina

MVEC brings together local resources and capabilities to improve outcomes for Veterans, transitioning service members, and those who support them. It enables Veterans to easily identify and reach available resources available. It also allows stakeholders to build trust among the Veteran community, discuss needs, develop collaborative relationships, and to identify opportunities to improve the Veteran experience.

MVEC engages with hundreds of Veterans and Military Families, develops multiple suicide prevention resources, supports at-risk homelessness prevention, and develops a joint statewide action plan with South Carolina’s three other CVEBs. It collaborates with local VA, DoD and National Guard leadership, and the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veteran Friendly Community Certificate

For its commitment, MVEC was presented with the Veteran Friendly Community Certificate of Appreciation. The presentation was made on behalf of VA Secretary Robert Wilkie by VA’s Veterans Experience Office Executive Director of the Veterans, Family, and Community Engagement Directorate, COL Jim Wartski (USA, ret.) at MVEC’s monthly Board meeting at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center.

The Veteran Friendly Communities Initiative demonstrates appreciation to CVEBs like MVEC. This Initiative thanks local communities for their hard work meeting the needs of the Veteran and Military community, their families, and supporters. This recognition, in turn, inspires other communities to join efforts in supporting Veterans in other communities.

VA leaders from Dorn VA Medical Center, the Columbia Regional Office, and Fort Jackson National Cemetery celebrated the partnership. MVEC’s sees the partnership as positive force multiplier for the Veteran community.

MVEC believes it’s not the VA experience that matters most–it’s the Veteran’s experience that matters most.

Douglas Webb has been a member of the Veterans Experience Office since 2016. He previously served on the Secretary’s MyVA Task Force as a Veterans and Military Aide to a Member of Congress. Before that, he served as a Veterans Service Representative in Pension Management. He is a USCG Veteran.

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Published on Oct. 5, 2019

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  1. Bill Spann October 23, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Mr. Webb: I serve Mayor Lenny Curry of Jacksonville, Florida. Do you know where I can get an image of the certificate?
    I’m trying to get people excited about our award next week. Thanks!
    Bill Spann
    Director, Military Affairs & Veterans Department
    Office of Mayor Lenny Curry
    City of Jacksonville, Florida
    904-630-7087 office
    Commander, United States Navy (retired)

  2. Daniel Barron October 23, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Jack Sacco’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated book and Amazon’s #1 seller, Where the Birds Never Sing, recounts his father’s journey through the intense perils of World War II, culminating with the dramatic liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau. 
    In addition to the accolades and critical acclaim, Where the Birds Never Sing is currently being made into a major motion picture. Jack has spoken at over 500 events, including engagements at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, and Auburn University, to name a few, as well as Holocaust Museums, US Military groups, and Jewish groups throughout the nation. 
    He will be the featured speaker at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Dachau. He was also chosen to give a special presentation before the Royal Families of Europe, including the Hapsburg, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein families. Jack’s talk is by no means a typical war story. It is, instead, a moving account of the Greatest Generation and, more specifically, what his father, Joe Sacco, and his buddies want history to always remember … the truth of the Holocaust and the liberation of one of its notorious concentration camps.    On his webpage you can see a short video about his award-winning book:  

    Jack will be speaking at Columbia SC on Tuesday November 12 at 7pm, this is a free event.

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