helathy veterans are...
Ready & resilient
Good leaders & followers
Good role models
Possess valuable skills
Understand racial equality
Contribute to American greatness
But, many of our veterans are not healthy.
Veteran Needs FAQ's
After observing veteran support programs (both public and private sector) over the last 40 years, we determined that a large scale, private sector, faith-based, holistic program was needed to restore veterans to full health and return them to America for continued purpose and contribution.
There have been two other similar private sector initiatives in the last two decades: 1) The Center for the Intrepid (2007, $50M) in San Antonio TX for burn victims and amputees, and 2) The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (2010, $65M) in Washington DC for PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), and associated conditions. The National Center for Healthy Veterans will now provide a similar Center of Excellence to help veterans transition to wellness and full contribution in the civilian sector.
Why now? What do you hope to achieve?
Such an initiative should have been pursued long before this.
Also, regarding "why now," America is nearing 20 years of continuous wartime deployments.
The untreated, often hidden, wounds of war are festering and will not automatically self-heal. They deserve a disciplined, intentional and holistic approach to healing. Regrettably, we did not do this after Vietnam, and many of our Vietnam Veterans are still suffering in silence, or living under bridges, or have tragically taken their own lives. NOW is the time to help our young generation of America’s warriors and uniformed servants heal. We must apply the “ounce of prevention” now, before we as a Nation have to pay a “pound of cure” for decades to come.
Regarding what we hope to achieve, we are confronted with an urgent need. In the last decade alone over 73,000 military experienced men and women have committed suicide; more than all the names engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial. This tragic number increases by roughly 22 veterans a day. A key NCHV objective is to reduce Veteran suicide through the holistic healing environment and sense of community which we will uniquely offer.
In terms of achievable objectives, our NCHV calling is to offer holistic, cross functional services to enable all military/veteran and first responder personnel (and their families) to heal, grow, and succeed in a lifetime of personal and professional contribution. In the ultimate sense, strong healthy Veterans are key to a strong America.
Desired tangible outcomes and key performance indicators (KPI) include:
- lives saved and transformed,
- self-worth restored,
- marriages renewed,
- families strengthened,
- Veteran homelessness reduced,
- resiliency internalized,
- skills acquired,
- education advanced,
- Veterans employed
- research generated, processed, published, integrated, and concepts shared.
From a national perspective, NCHV will grow into a clearing house for best-practice, faith-based approaches to Veteran and First Responder (and their families) care. We will educate and empower excellence in Veteran Care in communities, corporations, campuses, and churches across the nation. In essence, we will Reshape Veteran's Care in America.