The Issue: Limited Transportation for Veterans
Veterans 360 offers daily activities for veterans to help them maintain a sense of structure, find community, and reintegrate into civilian life. The former service members complete a variety of projects and classes, including repairing kids' playground equipment, learning job skills, and practicing surfing to help combat PTSD. To get participants from point A to point B, Veterans 360 provides transportation for the veterans via volunteer drivers, but fuel costs and other expenses often present difficulties.
The Campaign: Funding Gas Cards for Volunteer Drivers
If 23 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Veterans 360 can fund gas cards for one week of transportation to and from events and classes for a group of veterans. Each additional $230 raised will fund an additional week of gas cards. Veterans 360 ultimately aims to raise $6,500 to purchase a van for all of its transportation needs.
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Veterans 360 works with recent combat veterans, helping them develop professional and interpersonal skills as they reintegrate into civilian life. Structured daily activities and projects are based around four goals: engagement, healing, education, and employment. When veterans first begin the program, they receive holistic posttraumatic-stress-disorder treatments that can include mentorships and therapy. Through engaging activities, they can learn about wind turbines, help maintain children’s playgrounds, and learn how to surf. Educational programs, meanwhile, help participants prepare for a return to the classroom or provide vocational training for specific careers. Ultimately, veterans can earn certifications in trade skills and work with mentors to find jobs.