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HonorVet.org is a New York based 501(c)(3 ) non-profit and non-partisan, national organization dedicated to building a Next Generation Community that helps Veterans, Service Members and their loved ones by: 

 

  • Enabling them to connect and support each other through the Web, Mobile and Social Media in a safe, trusted environment;
  • Filtering, organizing and curating information and resources that are available and helpful to this community (somewhat like Wikipedia); and
  • Providing an array of concrete services that address the following areas of challenge in a holistic way: Mental & Emotional Health, Spiritual Needs, Employment & Career Assistance, and Wellness.

 

 

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HonorVet.org was co-founded by two US Marines, Jesse Canella and Jim McCain, who served together in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Like so many other of America's returning young Veterans, they found the transition back to civilian life to be very difficult. More profoundly, they saw friends who made it through the toughest battle zones succumb to this hidden battle at home. The numbers are stark.

 

  • The unemployment rate for returning veterans hit 21.1% in March of 2010.
  • An average of 18 veterans commit suicide every day; five of those are already getting treatment at the VA.
  • In 2010, more than 134,000 people made calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Of those callers, 61 percent identified themselves as veterans.
  • Between 2005 and 2009 more than 60 percent of Service Members report receiving some kind of mental health care since returning from Iraq or Afghanistan; and up to 40% still exhibiting signs of severe emotional stress 3-6 months post their discharge.


Beyond mental health issues such as PTSD, many Veterans simply have a hard time re-focusing their lives on civilian life and careers. They are challenged to translate and present their skills to employers. Without the structure that military life provided, many are unable to get on a healthy track of diet, health, wellness and spiritual sustenance. All of these issues contribute greatly to the high rates of unemployment, depression and suicide that are afflicting America's very best citizens. We decided to do something about it.

- Jesse Canella, C.E.O., HonorVet.org



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