Supporting Veterans & Military Families

With the Obama Administration's promise to end the wars in the Middle East by 2014, close to 1.5 million veterans are returning in a compressed timeframe and are likely to overwhelm the government's ability to serve them adequately. The Council hasconsistently heard concerns from federal officials about the service provision capacity needed in communities as young veterans increasingly seek services from community providers and not from the federal government. The need for ongoing specialized services and community reintegration support is now essential for their successful transition to civilian life.

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The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses. The research was conducted by the Sorenson Impact Center, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, in consultation and collaboration with Blue Star Families.

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, this day-long convening of the veterans philanthropy community builds on the historic pledges in 2014 of more than $200 million by grantmakers to support programs for service members, veterans and their families. Attendees will include Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge national grantmakers, veterans funders, nonprofit grantees, federal agency officials, veterans and military family members. It marks the first anniversary of the Impact Pledge initiative catalyzed last year by the Council’s members, Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, the Lincoln Community Foundation and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Join the Council for a briefing by Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) on Monday, August 11 at 1:00 PM ET, regarding mental health issues faced by Active, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. While many have focused on resolving mental health issues and improving outcomes for troops and veterans, this webinar will highlight the need for increased awareness of issues confronting military families, including spouses and children.

Americans may disagree about various aspects of war, but there is broad support for helping the men and women who are fighting in wars and the families they have left behind. Dedicated assistance groups are working to provide aid to military personnel and their relatives. This article surveys the different purposes for which charitable grants can be made and discusses the role that grantmakers can play in those efforts.