In 2012, Got Your 6 developed six pillars–jobs, education, health, housing, family, and leadership–through the Clinton Global Initiative as tangible and measurable goals to demonstrate the importance of embracing veterans as leaders and civic assets in our communities. Got Your 6 and its partners exceeded each goal prior to the December 2014 deadline. This success is a testament to the power of collaboration and the growth of the veteran empowerment movement. Got Your 6 continues to ensure all Americans see veterans as indispensable assets that make our nation stronger.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program engaged the business community in a campaign to hire more than 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. As of December 2014, 585,000 commitments have been recorded. Those commitments will translate into an increase of employment opportunities for veterans to showcase their leadership and problem-solving skills within communities across the country.
Student Veterans of America and the Pat Tillman Foundation analyzed the programs and services that lead to positive academic outcomes for student veterans. They produced and distributed an action-oriented toolkit to more than 2,000 colleges and universities that are implementing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Principles of Excellence. As of December 2014, 2,041 toolkits have been distributed.
Give an Hour and its partners led the goal to educate 100,000 graduate students and professionals in mental health disciplines on the unique issues of veterans and military families. As of December 2014, 123,000 students and professionals have been trained to address the mental health needs of our returning troops who might otherwise fail to seek appropriate care.
The 100,000 Homes Campaign and its partners, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, led an effort to house over 20,000 chronically homeless veterans by December 2014. The 100,000 Homes Campaign well exceeded their goal with 31,171 veterans housed as of December 2014.
Blue Star Families and the Military Child Education Coalition set out to provide reintegration tools and training to 300,000 military families and 100,000 primary and secondary school educators by the end of 2014. Wrapping up 2014, 325,824 toolkits were distributed and 113,390 teachers have been trained.
In 2012, The Mission Continues and its partners accepted the challenge to engage veterans and military family members in at least 5 million hours of volunteer service in communities nationwide by the end of 2014. As of December 2014, 6,867,634 hours of service have been completed. Those hours mean more veterans found the direction they need to take on a new job, pursue an education, or build their community.