Each year, we observe Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. Taking this day to celebrate and reflect on the service of American soldiers, airmen, sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines is an important expression of appreciation and an acknowledgement of their sacrifices.
But while Veterans Day brings us together, it’s critical to recognize that meeting the needs of those who have given so much on our behalf requires year-round focus and attention.
Since 9/11, suicide has become the leading cause of death among veterans, accounting for four times the number of fatalities that occurred during military operations. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury afflict nearly 1 in 3 veterans, and more than twenty percent of those with PTSD also suffer from co-occurring dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Serving these men and women is at the very heart of our Forge VFR (Veterans and First Responder) program, and we’re proud to offer proven counseling and treatment specifically designed to address the unique addiction and mental health needs of veterans. We’re committed to this mission, but we also know we can’t do it alone, which is why we’re always working to help build both a continuum of care and a community of care for veterans by partnering with other mission-driven organizations.
Below, is a list of our newest partners from the last 12 months. Please take a moment to visit some – or all – of them to learn more about what they do. If you’d like to support their work, we encourage you to do so by donating, volunteering, or even just spreading the word. Let’s celebrate Veterans Day today, and ensure that we support our service members every day.
- The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network: A cognitive health and mental wellness network providing free care to veterans and first responders experiencing post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and substance abuse.
- Objective Zero: A mission-driven tech start-up that seeks to connect service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers to suicide prevention support and resources with the goal of bringing the number of veteran suicides to zero.
- The Independence Fund: Committed to empowering our nation’s catastrophically wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty.
- Easter Seals Veterans Rally Point: Serving Veterans in Connecticut, and providing free, life-changing services that are philanthropy-funded.
- America’s Warrior Partnership: Bringing local veteran-centric not-for-profits together through coordination and collaboration, attacking inefficiency and amplifying the work of established nonprofits and government agencies.
- Code of Support Foundation: COSF helps those in need navigate and access critical services by providing one-on-one support. COSF connects veterans and caregivers to the people and resources they need to live full, healthy lives.
- Minority Veterans of America: Minority Veterans of America’s mission is to create belonging and advance equity for all minority veterans, whether they are people of color, women, LGBTQ, religious & non-religious minorities, or their allies.
- Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs: Pennsylvania’s DMVA provides quality service to the commonwealth’s veterans and their families, and oversees and supports the members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.