Congratulations to our partner, Burn Pits 360!

Congratulations to our partner, Burn Pits 360!

Among organizations that support veterans, your impact is not measured by the number of employees you have, or programs you offer, or the size or status of your board of directors. It’s measured by your passion and commitment to improving the lives of veterans and their families.

There is not a better example of this than Burn Pits 360, a veteran organization that is laser-focused on improving the lives of veterans who have been exposed to the toxic smoke produced by unregulated burn pits in Iraq and  Afghanistan. I’ve  known Rosie Torres and Captain (Ret.) Le Roy Torres, the founders of BP 360, for the last three years and their relationship with Dixon Center goes further back than that.

You will not find two people who are more dedicated to ensuring that veterans, who are suffering from rare cancers and respiratory diseases from their burn pit exposure, receive the care and treatment that they deserve.

They have marshalled resources and created coalitions that are confronting the bureaucracy of the VA and providing hope to those that have been impacted by burn pits. When others have advocated for a slower, more cautious, deliberative approach, BP 360 has accelerated their efforts because they know that time is not on the side of those that have been exposed to burn pits. 

Their accomplishments . . . the VA has recognized the connection of three respiratory conditions and nine cancers to a veteran’s military service, making them eligible for disability compensation and treatment. Both the Senate and the House have developed and passed legislation that will further increase the services and treatment that veterans receive due to exposure to burn pits.

And Rosie and Le Roy are not stopping . . .they understand that the burden of wartime service should not be borne on the shoulders of our veterans and their families, and they continue to push Congress and the VA to honor our sacred commitment to our veterans.   

Dixon Center, through our influence, ideas, an d actions, is assisting Burn Pits 360, reach their goal of ensuring that veterans Heal with Honor and  making the lives of veterans and their families better.

Fedcap Release of Financial & Programmatic Results

Fedcap Release of Financial & Programmatic Results

At Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services we take transparency very seriously.  Transparency is fundemental to the effective and efficient use of donor resources and assures that we maximize impact across our three pillars, Work With PurposeHeal With Honor, and Live With Hope. Leadership with openess and honesty is one of the key attributes we look for when working with organizations; that’s the Fedcap Group.

As a member of The Fedcap Group, we’re proud of their leadership in the Not-For-Profit space. The Fedcap Group is the only organization in this space that demonstrates this transperancy with the bi-annual release of their financial and programmatic results.  Join us on 12 May at 11:00 ET as we hear Christine McMahon, President and CEO of The Fedcap Group provide the latest results and give us a glimpse into the future.

Click here or on the image below to register.  See you there. 

A Job vs. A Career

A Job vs. A Career

What is Work with Purpose? This is an important distinction whenever we are focused on veterans and employment. Too often, the monthly or annual veteran unemployment number is what draws the most attention. This number, per the March Jobs Report, currently stands at 2.4%. While the unemployment rate is a bellwether of the economic health of our veteran population, it only tells part of the story—a much smaller part of the story.

Colonel Sam Whitehurst, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

It’s important that we understand what unemployment looks like for veterans, it is just as important to understand what underemployment looks like as well. Being in a job where you have far less responsibility than you had in the military and the leadership, teambuilding, and the ability to adapt that you developed in the military are not recognized, or may not be held in high regard. On top of that, the difference between what you are making in a minimum wage, entry-level job is tens of thousand dollars less than what you earned in the military.

Underemployment creates a downward spiral that leads to other issues—living paycheck to paycheck, loss of self-esteem, increased stress and anxiety, and barriers to accessing high-quality healthcare.

At Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, our approach is to partner with organizations and programs who make countering veteran underemployment part of their core mission.

Mike Hazard, Executive Director, UA Veterans in Piping

The United Association, a labor union that represents workers in the plumbing and pipefitting industries, is one of our partners and is a leader in creating opportunities for transitioning service members and their families. Through their Veterans in Piping program, an 18-week course that provides industry-recognized certifications in welding, fire sprinkler fitting, and HVAC-R (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration), service members are leaving the military with guaranteed employment, enrollment into a registered apprenticeship program, and a career that provides middle-class wages from the outset, healthcare, and benefits. Dixon Center assists in integrating service members and their families into the UA VIP program by introducing the service members to wellness programs, that assist with finding a home, financial counseling, physical and mental health support, legal services, and more.

The UA VIP program is directly attacking veteran underemployment and is the recipe for long-term success for service members once they depart the military. This partnership, which along with Dixon Center, also includes the Department of Defense, is making a real difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

This is Work with Purpose.

Veterans in Piping Graduation, Fort Carson, CO, April 21, 2022