Serving Our VetsGeorgia Nonprofit NOW, Winter 2013
GCN’s Metro Atlanta Veterans’ Services Research Project is the first comprehensive study designed to gain a more holistic understanding of how best to support area veterans.
This 2011 research, which GCN conducted in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, explores the variety and depth of services available to veterans, identifies nonprofit service and veteran need disparities, and recommends strategies to overcome barriers to service.
Although there are many complex and frequently concurrent issues that impact the veteran community—health, employment, education, housing—the majority of these problems are often rooted in one broad category: failure to reintegrate into society.
To address this overarching challenge, veterans turn to trusted nonprofits.
Where veterans say they need more health services, nonprofits focus on shelter and reconnecting veterans with family and friends.
But, as the study finds, nonprofits’ service offerings sometimes misalign with veterans’ stated needs. Though both see employment as a top barrier to reintegration, they disagree over other priorities: where veterans say they need more health services, nonprofits focus on shelter and reconnecting veterans with family and friends.
The study also identifies clear increases in service utilization after six months of separation from the military, especially mental health services. This indicates a time-sensitive need to capture veteran attention about available services in order to promote a more seamless reintegration into society.
Read the full report.