The Veterans Innovation Center will consult with three non-profit organizations to improve our collective abilities to solve key issues for 3.0 million warriors and families who return to our communities each year (Source: Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, 2011). Service members return from deployment and separate from the military. National Guardsmen and Reservists complete their tours of duty and return home to their communities. After a month of celebration with family and friends, the realities of life set in as they begin to face the challenges of reintegration, meaningful employment, valued education, family harmony, and learning the life skills of the civilian world. Or, in the most severe cases, they face the enormous challenges of confusion, fear, anger, loneliness, drug abuse, divorce, unemployment, physical impairments, PTSD, TBI, homelessness, and even suicide. The VIC's efforts will help mitigate some of these challenges.
Veterans, Guard and Reserve members, and families comprise 3.0 million Americans each year struggling to reintegrate into communities- communities that are willing but unprepared to provide the support our freedom fighters and their families need (Source: Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, 2011). While thousands of nonprofit organizations are working to help, their individual and aggregate efforts are underperforming and enormous gaps remain. We must collectively provide creative networking venues through which nonprofits can learn, understand, share, collaborate, partner, and integrate around best practices geared to solve the challenges our veterans and families struggle with as they reintegrate into civilian life. As a community, we must improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the products and services we deliver.
SEEKING: Financial Resources, Media/Marketing Opportunities
The VIC desires partners who have a large footprint, an innovative approach to a defined challenge, and/or financial resources.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information
The VIC understands the science of deployment and separation, the diseases of war and home, the assessment tools for employment and family strength, the behavior pattern of the target client and the motivational drivers that will move them to action. The VIC also understands how to build effective and efficient nonprofit organizations. And with sufficient financial resources, the VIC has 150 individuals to bring to the issue who are some of the best and brightest available. The VIC is willing to share modules, best practices, and key learning with interested parties.