Providing Support to Veterans Nationwide
As part of our commitment to supporting the men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our country we have launched Operation Support Our Veterans and our website is OSOV.org. CEO of Armed Forces Mobile, Tony Smart, is himself a USMC Veteran and is the founder of Operation Support Our Veterans. Tony Smart wants to see change for those he served with and he has stepped forward to get this accomplished through Operation Support Our Veterans.
The goal of Operation Support Our Veterans is to help Veterans cope with some of the challenges they face after returning to civilian life from military service. Some of these challenges are overcome through our cooperation with other Veteran organizations who are focused on healthcare, housing solutions and food programs for our nation's Veterans. These worthy organizations which are helping Veterans returning from war are desperately needed due to the lack of support systems. There is 1.4 million Veterans suffering from poverty, homelessness, and mental illnesses. 51% of homeless Veterans have disabilities, 50% have serious mental illnesses, and 70% suffer from some form of substance abuse all directly related to their brave service. We strongly believe our Veterans should not be left without proper medical care, without a home, or hungry after serving valiantly to protect our families, homes and our freedoms.
Operation Support Our Veterans is a nonprofit foundation headquartered here in San Diego County.
Operation Support Our Veterans is primarily focused on supporting organizations which are helping Veterans with PTSD, injured Veterans and through direct donations. Veterans who are ill, homeless and hungry need immediate assistance. We have found that when Operation Support Our Veterans partners with worthy Veterans organizations that are currently assisting injured Veterans that many Veterans get immediate assistance as these Veterans programs are already in place.
Armed Forces Mobile donates a portion of all its proceeds to Operation Support Our Veterans. By combining your donation with many other donations we all can make a larger impact to individual Veterans organizations. So when you donate to Operation Support Our Veterans, even $20 or $100 dollars then you can feel assured that your donation is combined with many other individual donations. Combining your donations with Armed Forces Mobile donations makes a much larger donation which returns immediate assistance for our nation's Veterans. We all can rest a little easier when we know we have helped our brave Veterans with these very serious and complicated injuries.
With your donation, no matter how small, I can assure you that many Veterans are helped. How much would you like to donate today?
Tony Smart, a USMC Veteran, and CEO of Armed Forces Mobile, launched a nonprofit foundation Operation Support Our Veterans as part of his commitment to supporting the men and women who have bravely and selflessly served our country.
Operation Support Our Veterans is a non-profit organization with a goal of assisting distressed Veterans, cope with the challenges that result from returning to civilian life after military service. The organization provides financial support, resources, and education through various programs. Some of these challenges are overcome through a cooperation with other organizations who actively provide care for veterans focused on healthcare, housing solutions, and food programs.
Department of Veterans Affairs cites the follow areas of greatest needs to American Veterans:
Returning to Civilian Life is a Common hurdle for our brave Veterans :
After returning from military service, many Veterans find it challenging to relate to people who do not know or understand what they have experienced in the military, simply because they themselves have not experienced it. Through Veterans organizations these warriors can receive assistance, education and care.
Reconnecting with family.
Military service members are often deployed overseas, leaving their families in the position of having to adopt new routines in their absence. As part of the reintegration process, both Veterans and their families have to either readjust or adjust to new routines.
Creating a Sense of Community.
Although the military assists active duty military personnel and their families to re-acclimate when relocating to a new base or post, such support structure is not always available when Veterans separate from the military. In the absence of such support, the Veteran and his or her family will often have to rely on themselves in either reintegrating into their communities or integrating into a new one.
Entering the Work Force
By the time a military service member is discharged, it is not uncommon for him or her to not have had experience looking for, applying for, or working in a civilian job, especially if they had a military career. Such skills are essential to their effective integration into civilian life, and the Veteran will have to translate his or her military skills and duties into terms that make sense in a frequently less-structured civilian work environment that operates by different rules. Field Service Records, which detail a military service member’s qualifications, training, and experience, will need to be incorporated into a resume that emphasizes the traits that Veterans gained from their military experience that can make them very desirable employees. These include leadership, teamwork, the ability to work under pressure, and a strong work ethic.
Returning to a Job
Some recently returning Service Members, including Reservists, may find themselves returning to a desk job with their company or previous place of employment in as few as three days after leaving a combat zone. Returning to a job may require a period of re-acclimating to the civilian work environment, learning new skills, or adjusting to changed circumstances in their old work environment. During this time, it is also not uncommon for some Veterans to worry about job loss.
Dealing with an array of choices.
Because the military provides a regimented structure with a clear chain of command, a Veteran will have to develop his or her own structure and learn to live in an environment with more ambiguity. In the military, such necessities as food, clothing, and housing are not only provided to the Military Service Member, but there is often little choice on his or her part as to where to eat, what to wear and where to live. By contrast, the vast array of choices in the civilian world can sometimes be overwhelmingly daunting.
Dealing with an Array of Choices
In the military, such necessities as food, clothing, and housing are not only provided to the Military Service Member, but there is often little choice on his or her part as to where to eat, what to wear and where to live. By contrast, the vast array of choices in the civilian world can sometimes be overwhelmingly daunting.
Acclimating to a Different Pace of Life
In the military, accomplishing the mission is of central importance, and Personnel do not leave until the mission has been accomplished. In the civilian world, however, the manner in which a target objective is reached can be very different. In a private company, for example, employees generally stop work at 5 or 6 pm and continue “the mission” the following business day. This start-stop process in which outside responsibilities and time constraints often compete with and even supersede the accomplishment of business objectives can be a new, frustrating experience for many Veterans, especially when the Veteran works with other individuals who are unfamiliar with the military’s mission-first approach.
In addition to the different approach in how goals are achieved, Veterans may also find civilian workplaces to be competitive environments very much dissimilar from the often-collegial atmosphere in the military, where team camaraderie and loyalty are not only encouraged, but expected.
Communication in civilian workplaces is also characterized by often-subtle nuances that may not appear to be relevant or even discernible to a Veteran who is used to the more direct form of communication characteristic of military settings.
Seeking and Obtaining Services
Because the military provides for most of the needs of its Service Members, a Veteran may find that he or she needs to, for the first time, find and select a doctor, dentist, or health insurance professional, or navigate the process of securing benefits from agencies such as the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Now imagine dealing with these common hurdles as an injured Veteran. This helps explain the nearly 48,000 Veterans who are homeless. After fighting for you and I they are sleeping in the streets tonight. We all need to do more to help our true heroes - our nations Injured Veterans!