Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 9am
Rural Veteran’s Coordination
New VA Program –
Bill Fox is the Program Manager for the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) Program. In this capacity Bill helps veterans and their family transition from military to civilian life. Originally from Aroostook County, he worked as a financial coordinator for the State of Maine for the past 10 years. He also served 20+ years in the United States Air Force. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and once rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the four corners of the Unites States. He also enjoys playing pool in his spare time. Bill has two daughters, Keri and Rachel. He and his wife Vicki reside in Dixmont, ME. His phone number is (207) 623-7971 and his email address is William.B.Fox@maine.gov.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) grant program to support Veterans and their families who reside in rural and/or underserved areas of the country. Grantees are expected to use the funds to aid Veterans with the transition to civilian life in one or more of the following areas:
- Increase coordination of health care and benefits for Veterans;
- Increase availability of high quality medical and mental health services;
- Provide assistance to families of transitioning Veterans; and
- Outreach to Veterans and their families.
The RVCP was created in accordance with Section 506, Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Eligible grant recipients are either community based organizations and/or local, state or tribal government entities.
This pilot enables each grant recipient to support local Veterans in unique ways that will be suitable for the challenges faced by these locations. Additionally, it will seek to determine if there is an effective model in which state and local entities are able to successfully coordinate multi-sector benefits for Veterans and their families who reside in rural or underserved communities.
VHA’s Office of Rural Health (ORH) is responsible for providing oversight, guidance and evaluation of RVCP. Grantees are responsible for day-to-day management and reporting on the types of services provided and numbers of Veterans served.