Partner-Nonprofit Highlight: Veterans Day
November 11 is Veterans Day across the United States, described by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” This day has for over a century been an occasion to recognize military service: beginning in 1919, says the VA, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day. Later, in 1954, legislation was approved to rename Armistice Day as Veterans Day. In honor of this occasion, we’re paying tribute to some of our nonprofit clients supporting veterans and the military community.
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)‘s mission is to “provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.” DVNF provides grants for organizations who are making an impact on veterans in their communities. They also work to provide resources for veterans’ mental and physical wellness needs, with particular focuses on suicide prevention, PTSD help, and homelessness and housing support. They also recently expanded to help military members and veterans connect with leading employers through their national job platform.
DVNF + Datamize
Datamize helps companies and nonprofits bring together people, data, and technology for smarter and more profitable marketing decisions and actions. They create data, technology, digital marketing, and sales experiences that generate revenue and profit.
Datamize is proud to partner with DVNF on their efforts to serve our veterans. They use those same components — data, technology, and omni-channel communication strategies — to connect people to causes close to their hearts. The result is increased funding and supporter engagement for DVNF, and more veterans and military members accessing the help they need.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
EveryAction would like to extend a warm welcome to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) as a new member of our community. Based in Arlington, Virginia, VVMF is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Incorporated on April 27, 1979 by a group of veterans led by Jan C. Scruggs, the organization sought a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for those who served in the war.
The result was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (commonly referred to as The Wall), which has become one of the most-visited memorials in Washington, D.C. with an estimated 5.6 million annual visitors. VVMF’s mission is to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War — especially as they celebrate 40 years of promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
To join VVMF’s in-person event or virtual celebration on Veterans Day 2021, check out VVMF’s website.
This November, EveryAction is also proud to welcome Operation Homefront to our community. A national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families, Operation Homefront helps families thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.
For over fifteen years, Operation Homefront has provided programs that offer relief (through critical financial assistance and transitional housing programs;) resiliency (through permanent housing and caregiver support services;) and recurring family support programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront is guided by four core values:
- Do What’s Right: Our actions must always reflect the best interests of the military families we seek to serve.
- Respect Others: Recognizing the multiplicative power inherent in a diverse workforce, we place a priority on creating a collaborative, trust-based working environment that values dignity, teamwork, and each individual’s contribution to our collective mission.
- Perform With Excellence: Our troops and their families work tirelessly to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily and they deserve our very best efforts to support them. To do so, we must stay focused on our mission, be accountable and strive to exceed their expectations.
- Gratitude: As a conduit by which Americans are able to show their appreciation for all that our military community does on our behalf, we must reflect this appreciation and be grateful to all who help us accomplish our mission.
In honor of Veterans Day, Operation Homefront is running an 11 Days of Impact campaign. This campaign includes an opportunity to send messages of gratitude to veterans and service members, as well as a challenge to raise funds to support their mission. Learn more about or support Operation Homefront’s campaign here.