6 Benevolent Groups Supporting Veterans
U.S. veterans often have a difficult time transitioning back to civilian life, facing issues ranging from having a hard time finding a job to PTSD and even homelessness. Fortunately, there are organizations working to help them thrive. The groups listed here, in no particular order, work to improve the lives of veterans.
First up, at #1, we have Pets for Patriots. Founded in 2009 by Beth Zimmerman to address the needs of shelter animals and veterans, the charitable organization brings the two together, opening up a world for them to share unconditional friendship, loyalty, and love.
Focusing on the most overlooked sheltered animals and serving veterans regardless of status, each adoption includes contributions towards pet food and other basics, as well as access to high-quality affordable veterinary care and discounts on related goods and services.
At #2 is Growing Veterans, which was founded by combat-wounded USMC veteran Christopher Brown and former mental health counselor turned farmer Christina Wolf. The group aims to provide soldiers with a holistic transition from military service to home and end the isolation that often leads to suicide.
Establishing a connection between veterans and civilians of all ages and from all walks of life, this group provides each individual with a sense of belonging and purpose by growing food. It also holds outreach events, hosts farm tours, and fosters relationships with local businesses to help its community grow.
Next up, at #3, the San Diego Veterans Coalition was founded in 2009 to improve collaboration and coordination among community service providers in all sectors. This group aims to serve the needs of its members, their families, and their significant others.
Incorporated as a non-profit in 2012, the goal of SDVC is to promote its members' health and well-being, support their economic growth and financial stability, strengthen and help build connections, and be a catalyst for personal development activities including academic pursuits, access to legal services, and volunteer opportunities.
Up at #4 is Homes For Our Troops. This publicly funded nonprofit builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9-11 veterans, helping them focus on their family and recovery.
Founded in 2004, the group also offers peer mentoring programs and provides assistance with employment, education, training, health, and more. The organization's goal is to build a home for every qualified veteran, and help each one become a highly productive member of society again.
Taking the #5 spot is Veterans for Common Sense. This non-profit, all-volunteer group provides critical information and education on issues related to veterans, the military, and U.S. foreign affairs.
Formed in 2002 and incorporated in 2003, VCS participates in coalitions and joins partner organizations to further its objectives. In addition, the group takes part in court cases to force government agencies to follow the law.
Finally, at #6, we have Cohen Veterans Network. Founded in 2016 by philanthropist Steven A. Cohen, the organization offers brief, client-centered therapy for a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, transition challenges, and more.
CVN also provides support and referrals for veteran-related needs including unemployment, housing, finance, and education. It also offers in-home, telehealth, and childcare services on a clinic-by-clinic basis.