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).
In 2012, both programs partnered with the FOCUS Marines Foundation based outside St. Louis, MO. This partnership has enabled them to refer Marines and Sailors throughout the United States to the 7-day course offered by FOCUS. The FOCUS Program has two main components – personal transformation and vocational assistance. Participants are challenged to see their lives in new ways – helping them set goals, get out of the victim mindset and take responsibility for their lives and actions. This new perspective encourages the veterans to be open to seeking treatment, pursuing educational/employment opportunities and becoming involved in their communities.
Multiple VA personnel have seen the success in their work and have asked if the FOCUS Program, CCVN or DISC program is available for other branches of service and unfortunately the answer is no. All three programs have primarily focused on Marines and Sailors. Realizing there is a great need for more, the founding board members along with a few others who work closely with them have come together with the permission of the FOCUS Marines Foundation to conduct a similar course for all branches of service throughout South Carolina, western North Carolina, and eastern Georgia.
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.