The Issue: Veterans Face Challenges Entering the Workforce
Nearly 30 percent of male veterans aged 18–24 and 36 percent of female veterans of the same ages were out of work in 2011, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When veterans leave combat, they face tough competition for jobs in a diminished market, and many have difficulties translating their skills and experience for the civilian world. Even when they can get opportunities, many cannot afford to travel to interviews or their first days of work.
The Campaign: Transportation to Help Veterans Gain Jobs
If this Grassroots campaign raises $100, then USA Cares can supply a $100 fuel card to an unemployed veteran to enable travel to job interviews or a new job. Each additional $100 raised will provide another veteran with a fuel card. USA Cares supplies these fuel cards as part of its Jobs for Vets program, which helps post-9/11 veterans overcome financial barriers when transitioning to civilian life. The cards can help veterans start their postwar careers by equipping them with the means to travel to interviews or jobs until they can support themselves. In 2012 alone, USA Cares has distributed more than $3,000 in fuel cards to veterans. SVM will match each donation up to $5,000.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
USA Cares is a 501c3 national nonprofit that supports active-duty military members and post-9/11 veterans with grassroots advocacy and financial assistance. Their mission statement explains that they exist "to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 service members, veterans, and their families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need." To fulfill this goal, the organization provides payments to mortgage lenders and utility companies, and funds transportation services that enable veterans to achieve self-sufficiency and prevent financial crises.
USA Cares's family-resource call center serves as an outlet for post-9/11 military families experiencing difficulties related to service. Experienced Family Resource Coordinators guide families through the process of receiving financial support from USA Cares, in addition to identifying the best services and benefits available for each family to improve the total assistance delivered. USA Cares responds to all requests with personal attention and detail regardless of whether or not USA Cares is able to provide aid, sending written thanks for sacrifices and detailed explanations of the decisions. The organization does not accept repayment or charge fees for its services, and relies on donations from citizens, businesses, and foundations.