Our Veterans Need Our Help!
The selfless service of America’s Military guarantees the freedoms each of us enjoys every day. The sacrifices Veterans and their families make on our behalf are noble and awe inspiring. They demonstrate true individual giving for the common good. Our Veterans often endure such sacrifices long-term, years and decades after the heat of battle has passed.
We ask for your help today. Your taxable donation toward our goal will allow us to take our services to veterans worldwide. All contributions go directly to providing services to our veterans and their families. We seek donations to further our ability to provide additional seminars, webinars, consulting services and additional outreach to veterans, especially those soon to enter transition and those in transition. By working together we can have a positive impact on the future of thousands of veterans and their families.
THE NEED: There is a Veterans’ Crisis in America. It will not get better soon. Over the past 4 years over one million veterans have left active military service and over 250,000 will leave in 2015. In addition, tens of thousands will leave the reserve components. Those who have served in our military continue to suffer physical and psychological challenges, leading many to unemployment and impoverishment. Casualties of the brutal, current 13-year terrorist war have overwhelmed government support services, requiring critical community support. Over 6,717 Americans have been killed and 50,897 have been wounded in the global war on terror.
- Hundreds of thousands of Veterans are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- Over one million Veterans are unemployed (22% of Veterans 20 to 24 years old). The suicide rate between these ages is estimated to be between two and four times higher than civilians the same age.
- With 21 states reporting, 22 veterans die by their own hand per day and one active duty member dies per day. That’s 8,030 veterans and 365 active duty suicides annually – for those reported!
- After long absences from home, veterans also face challenges with their families. One in five service members have filed for divorce since 2001. More than 27,000 service members filed for divorce in 2004, a 44% increase from 2001. Besides our veteran’s military service, they are also husband/wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and neighbors and community members. Yet, no attention has been focused on their civic lives.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates 107,000 Veterans are homeless on any night. About 1.5 million other Veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
The Veterans’ Transition Forum
Veterans’ Transition Forum (VTF) was created as a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization by a core group of military veterans and collaborative relationships with industry experts in four specific areas: Entrepreneurship, Employment, Retirement, and Healthy Living. VTF takes the time and care to mentor a veteran’s transitional needs to civilian life for all transitioning service members, current veterans, spouses of deceased veterans, the National Guard and Reserve components and their families. All of our services are free.
Entrepreneurship – the cornerstone of our program – is implemented through our Mentor Program, led by experienced veteran trainers/mentors. Franchising is particularly suited to veterans with its developed business-specific protocols and success is furthered by a veteran’s ability to learn new systems and SOP’s. Over three million American businesses are owned by veterans and 1 in 7 franchise businesses are owned by veterans.
VTF provides no-cost mentoring services for veterans interested in exercising their economic freedom by owning a franchise or independent business. Veterans bring valuable skill sets to franchised businesses, and unusually strong leadership and/or management skills. Our Mentor Program educates and guides veterans through the entire franchise acquisition process including financing. This process also creates new employment opportunities for our most vulnerable young junior enlisted grade veterans, as veteran business owners are very likely to hire other veterans.
Employment – is being addressed at the federal and state government levels and through individual companies, but the sheer process can be overwhelming to a transitioning veteran. There are a variety of job sites and organizations that provide military job fairs, however, the amount of information has become unwieldy for some veterans. Those who are not aware of the opportunities, or overwhelmed by the volume of information available, may miss crucial opportunities. We provide comprehensive, efficient, and time-effective guidance to specific job-related information for veterans seeking employment (including education, mentorship, and location-specific employment events).
202 Church St. NE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA 20175
Veterans Transition Forum is a registered 501(c)3 non- profit, #45-5138922
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