|Posted on March 15, 2012
Starting April 25 – Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. Stars for Heroes – All locations for 3 weeks
May 1 – Chick-Fil-A Donation Campaign for the month of May – Elizabethtown KY location only
May 28 – Louisville Bats/USA Cares Military Appreciation Night – Louisville, KY
June 9 – Old Glory Bar & Grill Grand Opening – Radcliff, KY
June 14 – Hot Rods Base Ball – USA Cares Military Appreciation Night
July 4 – 5K Heroes Run/Walk – Elizabethtown, KY
July 14 – NDIA (National Defense Industry Association) Bike Ride – Milford, MI
August 24, 25, & 26 – Rockcastle Shoot
Pew Research Center
War and Sacrifice in the Post 9/11 Era
Posted on March 15, 2012
The report is based on two surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center: one of the nation’s military veterans and one of the general public. A total of 1,853 veterans were surveyed, including 712 who served in the military after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The general public survey was conducted among 2,003 adult respondents.
The Rewards and Burdens of Military Service•Veterans who served on active duty in the post-9/11 era are proud of their service (96%), and most (74%) say their military experience has helped them get ahead in life. The vast majority say their time in the military has helped them mature (93%), taught them how to work with others (90%) and helped to build self-confidence (90%). More than eight-in-ten (82%) say they would advise a young person close to them to join the military.
•At the same time, however, 44% of post-9/11 veterans say their readjustment to civilian life was difficult. By contrast, just 25% of veterans who served in earlier eras say the same. About half (48%) of all post-9/11 veterans say they have experienced strains in family relations since leaving the military, and 47% say they have had frequent outbursts of anger. One-third (32%) say there have been times where they felt they didn’t care about anything.
•Nearly four-in-ten (37%) post-9/11 veterans say that, whether or not they were formally diagnosed, they believe they have suffered from post-traumatic stress (PTS). Among veterans who served prior to 9/11, just 16% say the same.
•These psychological and emotional problems are most prevalent among post-9/11 veterans who were in combat. About half of this group (49%) say they have suffered from PTS. And about half (52%) also say they had emotionally traumatic or distressing experiences while in the military. Of those who had these types of experiences, three-in-four say they are still reliving them in the form of flashbacks or nightmares.
•Overall, about one-in-six post-9/11 veterans (16%) report they were seriously injured while serving in the military, and most of these injuries were combat-related. And about half (47%) say they know and served with someone who was killed while in the military, not significantly different from the share of pre-9/11 veterans (43%) who say the same. The survey finds that post-9/11 veterans who either experienced or were exposed to casualties are more supportive than other post-9/11 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, they also report having more difficulty re-entering civilian life.
2011 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report
Posted on February 03, 2012
USA Cares Jobs for Vets
Military Spouse Child Care Assitance Grant
Posted on January 12, 2012
Child Care Assistance Grant:
Though today’s job market is tough for everyone to navigate and land the next big thing, military spouses have struggled with securing employment long before the market “tanked.” A Department of Defense study released in June 2011 estimated that 26% of military spouses were unemployed. This is triple the current civilian unemployment rate and more than double the rate of Post 9/11 Veteran’s.
There are about 1.2 million military spouses, of which about 85 % want to work. Of that fragment, it is estimated about 265,000 are either unemployed or underemployed with a wage gap of about 25 % between military spouses and their civilian counterparts.
Moving as a unit every two to three years for stability and readiness for their soldier brings an ongoing fight of battling negative stigmas from employers. In military communities, it is well known that frequent moves and the cost of child care play a major role in the efforts of spouses securing employment.
The challenge: Provide an opportunity to those spouses who show a commitment and ability to adapt to new environments by removing employment barriers such as childcare start up costs and giving them access to “military friendly” employers. Spouses should be viewed as an asset to an employer, not a risk.
In an effort to “give a hand up,” USA Cares is broadening its current Jobs for Vets program to include financial assistance for spouses who have found success in obtaining employment. USA Cares now assures military spouses do not have the obstruction of child care cost preventing them from their next career.
Employment Assistance Grants:
Employment & Training Referral/Advocacy Support:
No Turning Back
Posted on November 01, 2011
This Veteran’s Day, Penguin Group (USA) is pleased to introduce STORIES FOR SOLDIERS. Penguin is honored to donate $25,000* to USA Cares in support of their extraordinary assistance to post-9/11 military families.
* Regardless of Sales
Penguin is proud to offer a special selection of books about the brave men and women who risk their lives to make our country a better, safer place. Whether on land, at sea, or in the air, we salute each and every one of you.
The Stories for Soldiers campaign showcases titles by the following authors: Bryan Anderson, Dick Winters, Tom Carhart, John C. McManus, Antony Beevor, and Hugh Ambrose.
Every soldier’s story is special—and we’ve created a forum where they can be shared. If you are in the military, know someone who is, or would simply like to convey your gratitude to the men and women, past and present, who serve our country—please, click on the tab above and share.
Show your support of military families and veterans by making your donation to USA Cares.
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