Apr 24, 2014
Today, as more veterans are younger when coming back from war, they are looking to use their skills in a job in the civilian world . Even though the two worlds are very different, many are able to find transferable skills. This may involve going to a university or other programs that offer assistance in helping to adapt their skills. Many, such as in this article, are finding ways to become a part of current technology and contribute to the changing world. While veterans know what they were trained to do and how to do it overseas in wartime, knowing how to transfer these skills an adapt them to a different situation is valuable. For any veterans out there, how have you been able to transfer your skills back to civilian life?
Apr 24, 2014
The prominent place that the military community plays in Colorado means that returning troops are often on our mind. We witness the joyous images of deployed troops being reunited with their families with relief, happiness, and gratitude. And yet, as the number of returnees grows, so does the need for help among those who have served. While we’re overjoyed that these troops are back safely, their return is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a bigger issue facing them—and all of us. To what, exactly, are these people returning? The world is about to change for many of our returning troops. A recent bloomberg.com story reported that the Pentagon is aiming to create a smaller, more agile military. And for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the Defense Department may force members of the military out of the services. Many who had planned to make the military their career will find themselves transitioning from military life to civilian life instead—and that’s not always an easy transition to make. In May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the national unemployment rate ticked up to 8.2%, but the unemployment rate for young veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan spiked to 12.7% — more than 4 percentage points higher than the national average. And according to a May 24, 2012 gazzette.com article, there are 21,000 unemployed veterans in Colorado. Despite efforts to encourage the hiring of veterans, many of those who served our country in the military aren’t just slipping into new jobs. They may be coming back to their families—but many are finding that the means they had to support those families are no longer available to them. While the military may provide some benefits for those who leave the service, there is often a gap between leaving military employment and the beginning of those benefits. It’s a gap many military families can’t bridge on their own. That’s why the help that The Home Front Cares provides is so essential. The financial “bridge” support they offer can buy a military family the time they need to begin that difficult transition back to the home front they have been protecting. We see our troops coming home—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of challenges “below the waterline” that we aren’t seeing. And those challenges won’t disappear when the last troops arrive back from Afghanistan. Coming home happens fairly quickly. Building a new life takes a little more time. As defenders, our troops stood in front of us. As members of the home front, we need to stand behind them now. This is their home front as well. Mike Smith is the owner of mikeWordSmith and a volunteer with The Home Front Cares.
Apr 24, 2014
Oct 27, 2013
We always see events working to send care packages overseas to our deployed military men and women and we note the importance of encouraging them while they are so far away from home. We don't deny this is important but we also want to highlight the increasing need of encouragement right here in our backyard. Veterans who have returned home are in a difficult limbo phase where they are both processing their deployment experience (first or maybe third time) while also hitting the ground running trying to get caught up on life and be back in the loop of helping their families and finding work. This challenge can be difficult and many do not have the support they need from friends and family or feel bad about asking since they are supposed to be strong from serving their country. We want you to know that these people are in need and we can show them our love and support every day. You can support them financially by donating to The Home Front Cares or by educating yourself on the issues facing veterans of all ages.
Sep 11, 2013
Today, on the 12th Anniversary of 9/11 - when our Nation was attacked by terrorists - I am comforted by the fact that The Home Front Cares has not forgotten. We remember what America stands for, the Heroes who perished on that day, and those who answered the call to defend the freedoms we cherish. How do we show this? We stand by our service members, veterans and military families who have deployed in harm's way since 9/11 and who now face financial challenges. Last fiscal year alone, The Home Front Cares granted support to 358 service members, veterans and military families in OUR Colorado communities who needed a financial bridge to get them through to a better place. We granted over a HALF MILLION DOLLARS in direct support - to your community and mine - to prevent homelessness, turn on utilities, and provide hope for a better tomorrow. Please show our Heroes that YOU have not forgotten. As you enjoy your freedoms and blessings, donate to The Home Front Cares - today.
Aug 27, 2013
Last Wednesday, at The Home Front Cares (THFC) Board meeting, we had a sobering discussion about Veteran suicide, and the results of the "Senator Bennet's Panel on Veteran Suicide 2013" report, in which our own board member, Dennis McCormack, participated. When asked if THFC has any relation to/impact on this issue, Dennis replied that he believes so. We may not be able to measure or "prove" that our support has a positive impact on veteran suicide - but think about this: If THFC helps a veteran pay for car repairs - the veteran may not lose his job due to transportation issues - thus, the veteran may not lose his home due to lack of employment - thus, the veteran may not lose his family due to homelessness - thus the veteran may not feel so despondent and alone as to commit suicide. We currently ask clients to complete a survey about their assistance from THFC - more than one has mentioned feeling anxious, fearful, worried and even suicidal prior to our assistance. They have also used words like "hopeful" and "thank you" in regard to our support. Last fiscal year alone, THFC assisted 358 clients (more than 1/day) and their families. We distributed OVER a half million dollars in direct support to Service Members, Veterans and their families - all in our Colorado communities. Most of this support helped our clients avoid homelessness and keep the lights on. Most of these clients have children. Most of these clients live near you and I. Please don't loose your fervor for what we are able to do. You may never know whose life you helped save today. A life that stepped up to protect yours, and mine, after 9/11.
Aug 22, 2013
The title of this post is also the title of an article detailing the experience of a Fort Carson soldier, Carlos Lauchu, from Panama that was being sworn into the United States as a citizen. He was very nervous but glad that he could be a part of a country and serve it. He has many goals after making it through his first deployment this fall. We love seeing new people being welcomed to this country willing to fight for a nation they barely know with goals and hopes for the future. Several other countries were included in the group receiving citizenship during the ceremony such as Belize, Germany and Nigeria, among others.
Aug 05, 2013
With all the events coming up to support The Home Front Cares, it is encouraging to see the growth this organization is experiencing. We are now listed on Great NonProfits for people looking to support a reputable organization. This is a great first step in reaching more people and spreading the passion and goals of our company. We also have a lot of great events coming up for anyone to support and attend to share their love for what we do! From golf tournaments to dinners to 5k races, all manner of events are being held to support us and we love meeting people who share our passion for the military and what they do for our country. Keep an eye out for more events on our site and social media sites!
Aug 01, 2013
This Monday, the Gazette ran an article saying that city officials have been meeting to discuss assisting homeless in the Springs area. They want to build a campus where people could go for shelter, medical assistance, career and skill building as well as centers for help in drug abuse and addiction. There is just one problem: the perfect location seems just out of reach. The city has not been able to find a prime location to put this campus and are waiting while looking into other options. While they are pursuing their ideas, they are also encouraging the efforts of organizations already in existence in helping the homeless. With the rise in military homelessness, this new focus on helping our residents will be a big step forward. Now that the city is actively working for this group in our community, we will work with them and other organizations to assist veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless to get on a path of recovery. We are happy to be working on a mission that so many other organizations recognize and work daily to improve and spread.
Jul 29, 2013
I sometimes like to say that our humble little nonprofit doesn't "take veterans to ballgames, we keep a roof over their head." The Home Front Cares has a new supporter who is doing literally just that! If you haven't seen it on our home page, the Front Range's 1st Avenue Construction has launched a contest to give a new roof to a Colorado veteran, and YOU can help pick the winner! 1st Avenue Construction has partnered with Key Bank, American Family Insurance, Coors and The Home Front Cares to launch www.givemearoof.com, a website where the public can nominate a deserving veteran to receive a free roof. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 19. A panel of judges, including our own Dennis McCormack, will select four finalists. The public will be able to vote online for one of the finalists through September 17, at www.givemearoof.com. 1st Avenue Construction will announce the winner on November the 9th at the Veterans Day Parade 2013. To be eligible, a veteran must live in 1st Avenue’s service areas--the company has offices in Colorado Springs and Denver--and must own the single-family home in need of a roof. Full rules and qualifications are available on the www.givemearoof.com website. 1st Avenue officials plan to give away a new roof every quarter under the plan, although future roofs will not be limited to veterans. This program is in addition to even more generosity from 1st Ave.--they have announced that they will donate one percent of the net profits for the year to THFC! What a wonderful gift! Rick, Rob, Joe, and the rest of the 1st Ave. family: we are thrilled and humbled by your support! Thank you!