February 2020 SitRep

By Shaun Rieley


We are excited to announce that registration is open for our upcoming donor conference on veterans philanthropy, Deploying Veterans at Home: An Untapped National Resource. This one-day conference will examine the current state of veterans organizations and consider some exciting opportunities for funders to help shift negative perceptions of veterans while at the same time engaging their talents and abilities to address some of America’s toughest social problems. 

View the full agenda and register now for this special event on May 13 in Washington, D.C. I hope to see you there!

Here’s your February situation report on the veterans and military space:

Veterans Philanthropy News

  • Founders of United Way’s Mission United were given the Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Philanthropy:
  • Task and Purpose interviews Gary Profit, Army veteran and director of military programs at Walmart:
  • Actor Gary Sinise was recently honored with the Patriot Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in recognition of his veterans philanthropy:
  • The VA blog VAntage Point highlights the work of America’s Warrior Partnership, including its partnership with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation on a project called Operation Deep Dive studying the impact of community environments on veteran suicide:

Veterans Healthcare and Disability News

  • VA programs would see a 13% increase under the budget released by the White House:
  • Some Senators are concerned that the MISSION Act, a bill passed in 2018 aimed at increasing veterans access to healthcare providors outside of the VA system, may not be effectively reducing wait times as intended:
  • reports on the status of traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment, and notes that it remains largely misunderstood:

Veterans Education and Employment News

  • A new report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) suggests that veterans may be overwhelmed by the number of programs and organizations aimed at helping them transition from military life to the civilian workforce:  
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) has introduced a bill aimed at streamlining GI Bill processing for veterans:
  • Bank of America surpassed a five-year goal of hiring 10,000 veterans as of this month:

Other Items of Interest

  • VA Secretary Robert Wilkie highlights a change in policy at VA that ensures that faith-based organizations will not be discriminated against when competing for grants that support veterans:
  • Veterans advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America has released a new ad featuring veterans who oppose “endless wars”:
  • What can Machiavelli teach us about the war in Afghanistan? History professor William Anthony Hay offers some thoughts on Machiavelli and the “Afghanistan Papers”:
  • Philosopher Paul Krause looks at love, war, and regime change in the writings of Shakespeare:

As always, if the Roundtable can be of assistance to you, or if you have good stories for next month’s news roundup, please email Shaun Rieley at


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