A New Normal
As many of you know, when we return from service to our nation, we experience a “new normal” that colors all we do, think, and know. Veteran Today works within that new normal to assist veterans in finding post-service success.
Where They Are
Serving veterans and others is best accomplished if we recognize and accept “where they are now” and tailor our assistance to meet them there and make a plan of success for moving forward.
Programs That Serve
Over the nearly two decade of service to military active duty and veterans, our programs have shifted and changed to meet changing needs. We are veteran-centered in how we reach out with support.
Who is Veteran Today?
Share a vision of Veteran success
Veteran Today, a 501(c)3 nonprofit veteran services organization was founded in 2003 in response to military transitional needs. Those needs grew exponentially as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq drew on for 20 years.
Veteran Today has always sought to solve veteran needs in whatever form they came, over the decades specializing in counseling, claims advising, employment, and personal growth. One of the flagship programs is Troops to Truckers (troopstotruckers.com), a national commercial truck driving advising corps that guides military active duty and veteran men and women as they move from service to county to the civilian truck driving community. The program has served more than 30,000 veterans directly and many more indirectly through other programs.
Another program, VetHelpList.com is a national directory of veteran service nonprofit organizations that supplement the support veterans get from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government social services. The site serves hundreds of visitors every day as they also seek to support our men and women in and out of uniform.
Through these program Veteran Today joins forces with thousands of other organizations to ensure that our heroes have the resources they need to move into and succeed in post-military careers and living.
A few things we now know
Almost two decades of working with military Active Duty and Veterans has resulted in organizational knowledge. This is what we know:
Each Veteran is Different
No matter the good intentions, if the individuality of each veteran is not recognized and considered, success decreases.
Success is Opportunity Driven
Aside from the capabilities and effort of the Veteran, if there is not a solid opportunity for life success, there is no launching pad.
Community Outreach is Critical
We cannot wait for Veterans to come to find us. We must conduct outreach and seek out those who would benefit from our programs.
Build It, They Will Come
This just is not true. Building a program WE want does not meet the needs of what THEY need. Programs must meet needs, not ideas.
Veterans are Proud
A great confirmation for us was to find that Veterans do not want a hand out, they want a buddy hand up. They are proud and willing.
When at all possible, the entire Veteran’s family must be involved in some way in assisting our heroes in moving forward.
Mentorship is King
Veterans thrive when they are mentored. Having the partnership in success with another veteran who has traveled the road is priceless.
Words can heal. Compassion conveyed through thoughtful listening and reflection has proven to move Veterans towards health.
Success Leads Success
Veterans can teach the pathways of success through exploring their own success with other veterans. “Let me tell you how I made it through.”
The secret of success
Veterans find success when mentored direction, community support, and personal effort are maximized. VETERAN TODAY works to coordinate all three.
Read what the veterans themselves have to say about us:
The mentorship that I’ve received over the last eight years has helped me with everything from figuring out my claims to getting ideas and guidance for making my career work. More of my battle buddies need to talk to you guys.
ROBERT HUDSON, US NAVY
The [Troops to Truckers] program pointed me in the right direction. I’m driving now and its great! Thank you guys.
(He provided a picture standing next to his tractor trailer.)