According to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA, 2019), there are nearly 20,000,000 living veterans. The good news is there are plenty of programs to assist them on their journey - from wellness to housing to financial aid. The bad news is that the sheer volume of bureaucracy is overwhelming. There are hundreds of government programs and close to 44,000 private groups to navigate – and only a small percentage of those are connected. The bigger challenge is that each veteran is unique, and their needs are evolving, not disappearing. The American people know what our veterans are, they just aren’t sure who they are. That’s where Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services comes in.
We believe our veterans and military families can succeed where they live. We also believe that every organization and individual can effectively integrate veterans and their families into existing community-based programs. Our mission is to ensure both are possible in every community. There is a sea of goodwill that exists in our country’s DNA when it comes to veterans and their families. The American people want to assist, they simply may not be sure how to. At the Center, we are providing advisory services to communities, organizations, and individuals so they can effectively support veterans and their families, where they live, across the nation.
The Center works at both the local and national level to break down barriers and connect individuals and organizations with easily accessible solutions that veterans and military families need to access meaningful employment, education, housing, and wellness.
What is Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services?
Since 2012, the Center’s team of experts have been helping communities, organizations, and individuals find strategic, practical solutions for the most challenging issues facing today’s veterans and military families. The Center has been building a national network of community-based programs and learning which grass-root solutions are working, and which ones are not. As a result, the Center is the “go-to” resource for employers, educators, wellness providers, certification and training institutions, service-minded individuals, and those who want veterans to reach their potential and participate fully in their communities.
What does Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services do?
The Center’s team of advisers provide expert, independent, timely, candid, and unbiased input from both a national and local perspective. We assist organizations across the country to create or expand their programs and services in functions critical to empowering veterans and military families.
Our programs currently fall within five functions:
Workforce Development and Career Placement
Wellness Research and Development
Expanding funding streams for veteran entrepreneurs
Advancing impact via service networks
The team provides outside points of view to kick-start critical conversations and move beyond decision-making dead ends. We help communities, organizations, and individuals gain fresh insight, leading to innovative solutions for both complex and routine challenges facing veterans program development. Our goal is not to create new programs. Rather, the goal is to enable the integration of military and veteran services into existing programs and groups in order to increase impact. And it works. Since inception, our collaboration has impacted 1.4 million individuals and organizations.
Together, we are Reaching America’s veterans and military families.