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  • 10 Mar 2017 19:41 | Valerie Ormond

    I recently completed the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) reverification process for my business and wanted to pass along my lessons learned in case it might help our Opps4Vets members.

    • Start early! It took eight weeks for my reverification for a very simple business that had no changes in structure.
    • For your Detailed Letter of Explanation, prepare one letter that includes all the responses, and upload that same letter to each section (ex. 1.1, 2.2, 2.3). It saves time.
    • Expect glitches in the online system. Case Managers, the help desk, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) know problems exist. If you can’t upload a document, or something else doesn’t work, call the help desk. Don’t frustrate yourself.
    • If you run into a problem on the weekend don’t call the help desk which is not manned on the weekends. Put it aside and call during weekday working hours.
    • Do not hit the SUBMIT button until you are completely ready to submit to reverification. The system saves your progress with SAVE. Once you hit SUBMIT, you can no longer add documents to your profile until the VA asks you to do so from its end.
    • Don’t hesitate to call your Case Manager throughout the process, or your case could take longer.

    Word on the street is that there is a large backlog of CVE applications and reverifications due to the growing importance of CVE certifications. You all HAVE that certification; make sure to keep your hard-earned status by starting the reverification process 120 days out from expiration – the earliest the VA allows. And good luck!

    Anyone else have lessons learned or input? Thank you if you do - it help us all march forward together!

    Valerie Ormond

    Veteran Writing Services, LLC

  • 02 Mar 2017 06:57 | Valerie Ormond

    Fellow Veterans,

    As part of the founding community, we invite you to introduce yourselves and share your business information with others. If you’d like to let others know about what you do, please submit the following information. 

    Hi, I’m (name), and I’m the (position) of (business name).

    I am a (service) Veteran, who served for (number of years).

    (Business name) provides (specific products or services) to (who/what) to (help/assist/produce/other) to (solve whatever problem). This statement should be your business elevator speech.

    I’m looking for opportunities to ___________________________.

    The biggest lesson learned I’d like to share with other Veteran business owners is ___________________________________________________________________.

    You can find out more about me and my business here (CVE link).

    (Any additional contact information you would like to include – website, email, phone, logo, and/or graphic.)

    It’s that simple. Reply to this post using the button at the top left, and the drop down +Add Comment. Add the above information, and your information will be available to the community. At no cost to you.


    Valerie Ormond

    Chief Executive Officer, Veteran Writing Services, LLC

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