Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.
The face of the military and the American veteran is changing. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown a new kind of warfare, with special needs facing the modern Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Guardsman, and Reservist. Additionally, a flood of 21st Century troops are coming home to face the same struggles all Americans are facing today - from the tough economy, to health insurance issues, to job loss.
VFF helps these veterans to:
- Speak out on issues of concern to 21st Century veterans via letters to the Editor, media appearances, and speaking at civic and community events;
- Stand with their fellow brother and sisters in the progressive community to help build a larger progressive infrastructure in their communities
- Become leaders in their communities both in civic and social organizations;
- Engage in direct and grassroots lobbying on issues and legislation of concern to the community; and,
- Register and turn out to vote
For example, VVF is currently involved with targeted, grant-funded campaigns in around the country to promote clean energy and engage veterans and their families concerned with the national security implications of this issue. The foundation also mobilizes the veterans’ community on the importance of public lands and conservation in a project titled The Land We Love campaign. Veterans meet their leaders on the local, state and federal level as well as write opinion editorials and letters to the editor in local media outlets.
VVF hopes to increase its capacity to organize veterans throughout the Midwest on a wide range of social issues. Titled, Coming Home Program, we are hopeful to start mobilizing veterans around social issues that affect their communities. Food banks, blood drives, homelessness, poverty – these issues in this tough economic climate call for new leaders. We are hopeful to build a pilot project were we mentor veterans to become participants – standing alongside our friends in labor, environmental community, LGBT community, progressives – to help build a larger progressive infrastructure in this country -- not just for political purposes but for larger social problems as well.
Recently, VVF started a new program to provide new Members of Congress a briefing on these issues. The New Member and Senator Education project will be a cornerstone of our work in the years to come on issues affecting our community. VVF will frequently visit and develop relationships with these members to ensure that our message and the voices of veterans are heard.
Vet Voice Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for charitable and educational purposes.