Meaningful Work Saves Lives…We Need YOU!

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Dear friends,
We wanted to let you know about a new petition we created on We the People,
a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your
name to ours? If this petition gets 100,000 signatures by January 17, 2015,
the White House will review it and respond!
We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama
Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets
enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.
You can view and sign the petition here:

http://wh.gov/ir98Q

Here’s some more information about this petition:
Add veteran hiring requirements to grants awarded to non-profits.
Meaningful work for veterans will save lives…

Non-profit organizations that receive U.S. grants should be held to the
same standard as federal contractors, who must make a demonstrated effort to
hire a certain percentage of veterans. Keep Serving believes there is an
opportunity for veterans to find meaningful purpose working for non-profits.
We have witnessed the outstanding impact that skilled veterans can have on
the objectives of non-profits around the world.

Veterans are compassionate and highly trained. Yet twenty-two U.S. veterans
commit suicide each day. Many struggle to find purpose after leaving the
military. This petition will help bridge the gap between what veterans and
non-profits need to make a meaningful impact. We need to ensure that our
grant policies help veterans continue to Keep Serving. (ref. VEVRA Act)

http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-vevraa.htm

Why do we do what we do?

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/12/12/3602148/nola-homeless-vets/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=tptop3&utm_campaign=tptop3&elq=~~eloqua..type–emailfield..syntax–recipientid~~&elqCampaignId=~~eloqua..type–campaign..campaignid–0..fieldname–id~~

“Suicide was the third leading manner of death—after accidents and illness—among U.S. active duty service members from 1998 until 2003, when deaths due to war surpassed the number of deaths from illness and suicide.1–3 From 2006 through 2011, deaths from suicide exceeded those associated with illness, and suicide was again the third leading manner of death. After the start of the drawdown in forces in Afghanistan in 2011, war-related deaths declined so much that suicide became the second leading manner of death category—after accidents—among active component service members in 2012 and 2013.”
Source: http://www.afhsc.mil/documents/pubs/msmrs/2014/v21_n10.pdf#Page=14

“Among cases where history of U.S. military service was reported, Veterans comprised approximately 22.2% of all suicides reported during the project period. If this prevalence estimate is assumed to be constant across all U.S. states, an estimated 22 Veterans will have died from suicide each day in the calendar year 2010.”
Source: http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/suicide-data-report-2012-final.pdf

1. Sign the petition to increase available jobs for veterans.

2. Head over to http://www.keepserving.org/jobs and Donate.

3. Stay on that page while you get added to our mailing list.

4. Carry on, Soldier! You’ve done well for your country and fellow citizens today.

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Keep Serving needs assessment:

 

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Who we are and where we come from….

 

Greetings Veterans,

An Army and two Air Force veterans as well as three humanitarians have teamed up to help other veterans find careers with non-government organisations (NGOs). To accomplish this mission they established,  “Keep Serving”.  Keep Serving is a  501 (c) 3 non-profit that provides a great opportunity for a veteran to keep serving with an NGO.  Keep Serving bridges the gap between an NGO’s human resource offices (HR), and veterans, which we have informally done several times already.

Such an opportunity has already presented itself before we could get established and we have been asked to see if there is any interest.  Attached you will find a job description for a volunteer position that will certainly give you great exposure to how an NGO operates and whether you would want to pursue a career with them or another.  It also gets you experience with an NGO, because most of the HR offices will drop you from the list of applicants if you have no NGO experience (having not worked for an NGO).  Lastly, it this volunteer position could very well lead to a full-time career with great benefits and decent pay, allowing you to keep serving a great cause.

We have been working with Don Holloway of Veterans Employment Representative, Department of Economic Opportunity, JobsPlus One-Stop Career Center in organizing a webinar/workshop in April that helps veterans understand NGOs and how to pursue those careers with them.

Want to know more? Check out our “Jobs” tab and send us a note!
Respectfully,
the Keep Serving Staff

Bob, Doug, Steph, Treva, Jason & Melissa

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