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The Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) to receive $2,000,000 Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot grant

Friday, September 12, 2014

Nebraska’s Local Health Departments were acknowledged last week for their unique position as community conveners as well as for the expertise they bring to communities across our state.  The Veterans Administration announced that the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD) will receive $2,000,000 for a 2-year project.  NALHD’s project is one of only 5 pilots funded nationally.  These funds will provide resources to Local Health Departments to assure that Veterans returning to their homes in rural Nebraska can access the support they need to successfully reintegrate into their families and communities.  Rural Veterans have an array of unique needs, many tied to challenges in accessing VA services.  NALHD believes that many of these issues could be improved with investments in existing rural community systems that serve Veterans and their families.


Locally, veterans will have the opportunity to participate, as a portion of these funds will be awarded to the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD). ELVPHD has always served Veterans and their families as part of a broad range of valuable services they provide in Burt, Cuming, Stanton and Madison counties.  This grant will allow ELVPHD to focus on building their capacity to meet the distinctive needs of Veterans.  It also provides Veteran-specific training and support for rural health and service providers. This funding will cover 71 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.


Gina Uhing, Director of the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department states, “This is an exciting expansion of services for our department. We are looking forward to this great opportunity to serve our veterans and service members through this outreach program. This is our way of giving back to those that graciously served our country.”

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