There are over 190,000 post 9/11 veterans transitioning into civilian life each year — a transition that affects almost every dimension in their lives: work, family, social, school, and community. For many, there may be other underlying issues that inhibit them from a successful transition such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury from exposure to high explosive blasts, and a profound loss of purpose that the military structure offered.
The founding board members of the Vantage Point Foundation have over 20 years of combined experience supporting post 9/11 Marines and Navy Corpsman in their transitions throughout the functions of the District Injured Support Coordinator (DISC) with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Combat Casualty Visiting Nurse Program (CCVN).
The Vantage Point Foundation (VPF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to guide andsupport post 9/11 military veterans and families on a new path towards healing and civilian success.VPF primarily supports veterans throughout the greater South Carolina region who have experienced wartime trauma. While the military effectively transforms civilians into skilled warriors, its training for civilian life is lacking. With the civilian/ military divide more distinct (10% of the US population served in WWII contrasted with 0.8% in the Post 9/11 era) the transition to civilian life can be isolating.
VPF is distinct from other organizations in its systematic approach to training veterans for civilian life.VPF understands that for veterans to fully reintegrate into their communities, three things are necessary; Community, Healing, and Purpose. VPF facilitates these by conducting multi-day courses in which mentors (veterans from previous generations and peers), course facilitators, and medical/mental health professionals enable the participants to identify and work through issues impeding their reintegration into civilian life. Here they learn the tools for Post Traumatic Growth. All participants leave the course with career, educational, and personal goals, along with a support network of mentors, fellow veterans, and professionals.
Course graduates are provided with one year of continued training and holistic support in which the staff and mentors walk with each veteran and their family as they pursue their goals along educational, employment, and volunteer tracks. VPF’s intent is for all veterans in the program to become independent, thriving leaders in their work and communities.
In 2018 VPF will train two classes with 30 veterans in each embarking them in the yearlong support continuum. VPF will also conduct one spouse retreat. In 2019 VPF plans to do the same, and in 2020 the organization’s goal is to conduct three classes and two Spouse Retreats. By 2023 VPF’s goal is to grow in capacity in order to train four classes for a total of 120 veterans per year.
Help support a veteran in our program
Your one time gift or monthly contribution will assist in sending veterans through the VPF Transition Course and enroll them in one year of systematic education, family support, and advocacy designed to enable them to pursue their transitional goals. The cost per veteran for the yearlong program is $5,400.
Vantage Point Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible.
Lend your skills
Vantage Point Foundation is in need of volunteers to serve as Veteran Team Leaders and Community Mentors, and assist with fundraising, transportation, food service, administration, and other special needs.