July 2020 SitRep

By Shaun Rieley

I hope this SitRep finds you and yours well. As the country continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, the mental health effects of prolonged lockdowns have become a concern, particularly for at-risk veterans. Cohen Veterans Network, which The Philanthropy Roundtable is proud to claim as a member, leads the way in ensuring that veterans have access to the care they need through effective telehealth practices. The VA’s VAntage Point blog recently highlighted the organization’s work:

Here’s your July Situation Report on the veterans and military space:

Veterans Philanthropy News

  • Tulane University received a $12.5 million grant from the Avalon Fund, a partnership between the Marcus Foundation and Boulder Crest Foundation to open the Tulane University Center for Brain Health, to study veterans’ mental health:
  • The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation recently announced that it added former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and philanthropist Dawn Arnall as board members:
  • An anonymous donor gifted $10 million to the College of William and Mary to establish a Veteran-to-Executive Transition program, aimed at helping veterans move from service to civilian leadership roles:

Veterans Healthcare and Disability News

  • The federal government is rolling out a plan to reduce suicide among Americans, including, but not limited to, veterans:
  • VA has dramatically increased its telehealth capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • The Senate recently approved the Sgt. Daniel Somers Veteran Network of Support Act, which would direct VA to establish support networks for service members transitioning to civilian life:

Veterans Education and Employment News

  • The nonprofit Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network has developed a new program with support from the Small Business Administration that will offer a free remote executive MBA program for veteran small business owners:
  • A proposal to overhaul the veterans preference program in federal hiring would introduce time limits and reduce the advantage that veterans receive from the program:
  • The Veterans Curation Program trains veterans to become archaeologists in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
  • Walmart recently achieved its goal of hiring 265,000 veterans:

Other Items of Interest

  • CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization which helps veterans create music as a means to overcoming trauma, has partnered with Amazon to distribute music by veterans:

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