Stand SMART Issue 8: An American Solution to Serving the Military and Veteran Community
Many of the nearly 19 million U.S. military veterans thrive in their communities, but some struggle. Local organizations—individually or as part of community-based partnerships—play an important role in responding to the needs of the military and veteran population. Service members and veterans are community members themselves; they have the same range of needs as other community members, plus additional needs stemming from their military service.
How can this issue be solved? American communities cannot address every unique need of each service member and veteran, but many endeavor to do so. Our latest issue of Stand SMART For Heroes details how the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s Got Your 6 Network partners with leading organizations to address current and emerging needs of veterans, service members, their families, and their caregivers.
Given the tremendous needs of the military and veteran population, BWF provides ongoing support to American communities. Many community efforts operate with limited resources, making it especially important for those efforts to be efficient. Working in more than 130 localities, BWF’s GY6 partners are an example of how American communities are increasing their capacity to ensure that all military and veteran families thrive.
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Through its Local Partner Self-Assessment Tool (LPSAT), BWF collects data from its community partners on the needs of the military and veteran population and on how well communities are meeting those needs. Responses to the LPSAT survey provide BWF with data about efforts to serve that population around the nation. Read more about findings and insights from the LPSAT in our latest white paper on veteran needs.