Online Help for Veterans: Citizens/Veterans Advisory Council of Cape May County Launches Website
The website of the Citizens/Veterans Advisory Council of Cape May County (CVAC) is a comprehensive, online clearing house of resources for veterans.
Designed and built specifically to meet the needs of veterans of all armed services and eras, the website is accessible at www.CVACcapemay.com
The project was spearheaded in response to a recognized need: pooling resources available to veterans and their families under a single, virtual rooftop.
“We discovered early on that no single online source of information existed for the county’s veteran population,” said Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, Avalon, who spearheaded the website’s development. Dr. Lachman is chairperson of the CVAC’s Health Committee, a veteran of the U.S. Army Vietnam Nurse Corp, and Stone Harbor Post 331 Adjutant. She led the research effort for content and Frank Davis, Avalon, did the technical work. Davis is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 331 in Stone Harbor and he also built its website.
Dr. Lachman explained that in the course of establishing the committee, its members kept hearing the same questions from veterans and their families. The website was created with the goal of providing answers.
“The issues run the gamut, from healthcare and accessing veterans’ benefits, legal help and basic needs like food, housing and home maintenance. CVAC was founded to address these issues and coordinate resources existing in the community. And it became obvious very quickly that we needed an online gateway,” Dr. Lachman said.