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Cover to Cover

Rupper RW. Cover to Cover. 2016 Oct 1. Available from:


Brief Description: Connecting Older Veterans (Especially Rural) to Community Or Veteran Eligible Resources. Veterans report limited knowledge of benefits and resources available to them through the VA. Older and rural Veterans have additional challenges in understanding and applying for benefits that they have earned. This program collaborates with community agencies to create local access points for rural Veterans for benefits, resources, and health care services, by providing options counselors training in VA Benefits, and builds relationships with the VA and community agencies. This program began in rural sites in Utah in conjunction with the Utah Aging and Disability Resource Center. In FY 16 dissemination began to other States and VISN 9, and now continues through sustainment from national, state, and local sponsors. Related Products: Toolkit can be accessed at Adoption by VA Facilities: Enthusiastic response in several Western States and VISN wide dissemination in VISN 9. New Research or Operations Funding to Further Develop, Test or Disseminate: The National Council on Aging is funding a pilot of COVER to COVER in conjunction with their Benefits Enrollment Center program Led to or Shaped VA National Program or Clinical Practice(s): This program is a trustworthy community based resource for Veterans interested in identifying the full range of VA and community resources and services. Honors or Awards, Patents or Licenses Agreements Received: AARP designated COVER to COVER as a Promising Practice as part of their Long Term Services and Supports Scorecard.

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