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In December 2010, the Council on Foundations and the Philanthropy Roundtable co-sponsored the program “Philanthropic Strategies for Helping America’s Veterans” held in Washington, D.C. The presentations were remarkable—informative, heartwarming, and inspiring. One presentation on Warriors and Quiet Waters—a community-based group in Bozeman, Montana, that employs the therapeutic qualities of fly fishing to help heal traumatically wounded warriors—was particularly stirring.
While there are inspiring programs around the country, the sad truth we discovered was that we as a nation are not all pulling in the same direction.
The need for an inspiring guide for philanthropic efforts has never been greater. Over 1.9 million service members have deployed since 2007. Many have had multiple combat tours. An estimated 300,000 have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Ten percent of all personnel deployed to Iraq were wounded or hospitalized.
While our veterans' needs are great, Americans have never been more willing to help. According to a Pentagon white paper, there are over 400,000 registered websites for donors and organizations supporting our service men and women. “This is more than a poll of do-gooders—it is a Sea of Goodwill,” the paper concludes. “Our nation needs a method to navigate this sea.”
Many groups do not know how to reach veterans and their families, what they need most, or how to best deliver assistance. This urgent need inspired Esprit de Corps and ColdWater Media to make the documentary film “Veteran Nation: The Mission at Home has Just Begun.” The purpose of the film and the call to action is simple: Taking care of veterans is the responsibility of all Americans.
The documentary has a great story to tell. Few Americans know the triumphs and tragedies of how the nation has treated its veterans. Additionally, the film tells the story of contemporary veterans through the eyes of combat veterans who are fighting to heal the wounds of war while preparing for a lifetime of service.
Since its release, Veteran Nation won an award at the GI Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on The Blaze TV network. Communities around the country have screened the film in diverse settings from a Hamilton Society group at Ohio State University to the Veterans Association at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
In some cases the film inspired new initiatives, like the Sunday school class at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Maryland that organized a picnic to honor seventy veterans in their congregation.
A local volunteer in College Station, Texas reported, “Esprit de Corps was instrumental in helping us establish the Textbook Fund for Delta Company, a special outfit for combat veterans in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets…a screening at the Bush Library attracted over 125 attendees whose total contributions provided $4,000 for the fund.” In others venues, the film was used to draw attention to existing service organizations, such as K9s for Warriors, a Florida-based group that trains service-dogs for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Veteran Nation is an engaging film that perfectly highlights the plight of veterans and the issues they have integrating back into civilian society after combat,” said founder, Shari Duval, at the film’s Florida premier.
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