The Veterans Program is committed to investing in, learning from, and implementing models of support to enable veterans to become assets in their local and national communities.
More than 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan where they fought in some of the world's most dangerous conditions. These new veterans coupled with the larger veteran population represents 8% of the total population of the U.S. While veterans' needs are multifaceted and complex, our nation's support should be built upon the belief that veterans represent a unique demographic that can be utilized for local and national success.
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation recognizes that as a country we need to respond and provide support to veterans and their families. We do this to honor their service and sacrifices, and to enable them to make a successful transition back into their communities and former lives. Today, veterans are faced with a new set of challenges making reintegration seem impossible. To help veterans identify their full potential, the Veterans Program focuses on three key areas:
- Investing in employment programs which focus on creating pipelines into careers while integrating supportive services that mitigate barriers to employment faced by veterans
- Identifying and investing in behavioral health programs that address gaps in services that limit a veteran's ability to successfully reintegrate
- Supporting opportunities to facilitate the collaboration and coordination of services so that veterans are able to navigate existing resources successfully