More than 20 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States. It is not typically the stress of war that causes mental wellness challenges, leading to suicide. PTSD is not the most common or difficult challenge for US veterans and it cannot be blamed for the steady suicide rate. Transition Stress is the culprit.
The challenge of making the shift from military service to life as a civilian is much more difficult than most of us realize. It impacts where you live, family life, employment, financial matters, and community engagement or a sense of belonging. It’s why so many people that leave the service will immediately want to go back.
We believe that addressing transition stress with meaningful, practical, and accessible programs will help bring down the suicide rate for veterans in this country. There are three pillars to our approach – we build programs that are designed to help veterans and their families find a new sense of purpose, real connections in their community, and a place to call home. If we can do that, fewer American heroes will find addiction, depression, or economic disparity.
Our focus is on helping veterans and their families navigate the shift from military life into the civilian workforce. We provide specialized training, tech innovation and community engagement events leveraging a robust national network of veteran-focused organizations and partners. We work to make sure soldiers and their family members have access to skills training and the information they need to not just survive but thrive. Sometimes that means starting or growing a business, seeking out career development support, gaining important certifications, or finding a good job in their community.
All roads lead to three key pillars that are essential for transition success:
All of our programs are designed to help veterans find their own new path forward, for a life that makes good use of the skills and experience they gained in service. And tools to help them craft a life that is full of promise, hope, authentic joy, and purpose.