This includes convening community stakeholders, identification of Veteran partners and collectives, and the necessity to create a backbone organization that manages workgroups and processes. Who will lead the effort and how will decisions be made? How will responsibilities be shared and how will multiple perspectives be recognized?

“Word of mouth from satisfied consumers is the way they know they can trust us.”

Nearly all of the collaborative efforts responding have an identified backbone organization that works to support the collective impact of organizations serving Veterans in the community. Local NVI partners are most often the backbone organization.

Local collaboratives currently play numerous, specific, value added roles in connecting Veterans to community services and providers. Local advocacy and influence on Veteran issues is concentrated in a few stakeholder groups and often led by community organizations.


CVEB/community collaboratives that are interested in collaborating and connecting with other groups

Local collaboratives also see their work as connected to others in the Veteran space. There is a strong desire to learn and share. A web of interactions and relationships exists with routine communication across Veteran serving organizations, partners and other stakeholder groups.