You can hold a screening of Veteran Nation to start a group to help veterans or bring attention to an existing organization. And we'll help you for free! We will send you a DVD, provide you a screening kit and give you tips on how to get started serving veterans.

Organizing a screening of Veteran Nation is an easy and effective way to call a community to action and get your friends, neighbors and colleagues engaged in serving the nation’s veterans. Let the film do the talking for you. And then ask your community, “What can we do?”

Veteran Nation is available at no cost for community screenings. For more information, email us: contactus@servingourvets.org. Tell us about your plan to hold a screening in your community. We’ll mail you a DVD of the film for your screening event at no cost. You can download a screening kit (PDF) that will give you all the information and resources you need to get started.

Here are some tips on how to take action after the film.

1. Discuss what you want to do.

Conduct an assessment of what your group or community has to offer. What are your strengths? What services or resources do you think you can best provide? Then spend some time discussing who our veterans are and where your strengths might match their needs.

Here are some important questions to be addressed:

1.What can our group or community do to help?
2.What do we have to offer?
3.How can we ensure that there is community backing to build a sustainable program or support for an existing program?

2. Get organized.

Before your discussion ends and folks head home, ask for a commitment to begin an action plan. Organize a committee to do the homework of mapping out the next steps. They can go to www.servingourvets.org to get some suggestions.

3. Do your homework — how will you address the three Cs – Contact, Comradeship and Community?

Contact—reaching out to veterans and identifying their needs;
Comradeship—building peer-to-peer support and mentoring in assistance programs; and
Community—serving veterans and their families where they live and work, teaming with veterans and their families for long-term, sustained support with collaboration and clearinghouse activities that create a “one-stop shop” for assistance while fostering collaboration among those reaching out to veterans.

Looking for ideas about how to address the three C’s? Check back with us. We’ll share with you what others have learned.

4. Get started — support or start an organization that will make a difference.

Looking for an organization? Maybe you want to learn from them or support what they are doing. A good place to start is Warrior Gateway, a non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities.

Who can you trust? We are big fans of checking with Charity Navigator, a leading independent charity evaluator. All you do is enter the name of the charity in the search box and the navigator will give you a rating and evaluation.

Need to learn from the experts? The Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services is non-profit team of experts working in partnership with Easter Seals. They collaborate and coordinate services to support employment, education, health and other issues of importance to promote reintegration and success in civilian, family and community life. The Center’s expert team provides advice, technical assistance and training to individuals, government and public and private organizations.

5. Tell us what you did, so we can share your the lessons and stories of service with others.

Let us know what you did. How did you decide to make a difference? Tell us your story. Share your insights. Send us your photos and videos. Send us an email at contactus@servingourvets.org.