August 23, 2006
Charlotte, NC – A newly appointed committee will meet Thursday to begin a study of Mecklenburg County's military veterans, and review services available to them and their families through the County office charged with seeing to their needs.
Once completed, the Status of Veterans Initiative (SOVI) steering committee will present recommendations designed to improve service delivery and address gaps in service to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
The Board asked for the in-depth study of veterans' issues at its 2006 Strategic Planning Conference.
The steering committee – whose members include veterans, representatives of veterans associations, and congressional liaisons who will serve as ex-officio members – will lead the SOVI effort.
The Mecklenburg County Veterans Service Office and staff in the County Managers Office will have management and oversight of the project, with a planned January 30, 2007, completion date.
The report's recommendations will benefit veterans living in Mecklenburg County, and help prepare for the increased demand in services expected with a growing population. In 2005, Mecklenburg County's veteran population was 57,000, according to the VSO. The steering committee will gather information through data analysis, from focus groups, and assessments of current services.
The Status of Veterans Initiative has four purposes:
• Evaluate current service delivery
• Identify gaps in service
• Provide recommendations for eliminating gaps
• Provide recommendations for outreach plan to veterans in Mecklenburg County
The SOVI Steering Committee will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 24 in the 11th floor conference room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 East Fourth Street in Charlotte.