Veterans Rebuilding Iraq Corp falls under the Public Foundations category: Organizations, sometimes referred to as public charities, that derive their funding or support primarily from the general public in carrying out their social, educational, religious or other charitable activities serving the common welfare. Although public foundations may provide direct charitable services to the public as other nonprofits do, their primary focus is on grantmaking.
Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists victims of war and humanitarian crisis.
Instead of replicating services already available, VRL targets needs that lack support, and provides alternative solutions that have a proven record of success.
PHASE 1. MENTORSHIP AND MEDIATION
Phase 01 targets mental and emotional factors, having the greatest impact on the successful transition from military to civilian life. Upon registration, participants are assigned a veteran-mentor, who provides support and guidance throughout the program. Participants engage in family mediation sessions, to assist them process the trauma of having a loved-one return from war, as a changed person.
Phase 01 offers PTSD treatment alternatives. Clinical research conducted by the VA has identified the correlation between PTSD and suicidal ideation among vets, while controlling for comorbid diagnoses. By collaborating with vets and their families, VRL implements holistic treatments to manage PTSD symptoms, without reliance on prescription medication.
PHASE 2. TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
Phase 02 tackles social and physical needs, by relying on a network of community partnerships. Mentors ascertain the participants educational and vocational goals, and helps them to apply for benefits, register at military friendly schools, and access tutoring services.
Those who are in need of developing new skills, can select from a wide range of certified training programs and scheduled job interviews, made possible through VRL’s network of supporting employers from the local community.
PHASE 3. VOLUNTARY SERVICE
Phase 03 provides veterans with volunteer opportunities to atone. Participants volunteer for a humanitarian mission, and are given the option of caring for a fellow vet, or an innocent child that was harmed in the crossfire of war.
By recruiting participants, the program maintains self-sufficiency, and conscripts to a diverse team of committed members, who not only understand the programs purpose, but are also uniquely capable of achieving it.
DATA DRIVEN SOLUTIONS
To obtain the clinical data necessary to assess the program’s impact, mentors maintain a personal record for each participant. By documenting milestones and breakthroughs, this record provides compelling statistics from each phase of the program.
The data is analyzed to improve the program for future participants, and provides donors with credible reporting, made available on: GuideStar.org