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Our Veterans Need Our Help as a Nation in Continued Support

There are currently thousands of veterans organizations at work in the United States today. Most are sadly underfunded, and individually do not have the resources to adequately meet the urgent needs of the veteran community. A collective effort is necessary to help ease the burden our veterans face as they attempt to live normal lives while plagued with the adverse effects of war. Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s (BTGG) mission is to help veterans reestablish themselves as productive members of society. Based on the principle of one individual helping another, we are providing an opportunity to network and help each other “Bridge The Gap” between veterans and the resources to help them thrive as the heroes they are. Bridging The Gap of Georgia brings hope into the eyes of an individual that has lost their hope, motivation, and determination in order to stabilize and strengthen the system by which awareness is heightened and veterans’ needs are met.

Financial Services

An unstable financial environment is often the breaking point for many veterans who are suffering the plight of drug addiction, homelessness and health problems. The system is severely under-fueled and our veterans are under-educated in matters of financial services and products. Bridging The Gap of Georgia is committed to bringing specialized counseling, generate awareness and work with corporations to secure the financial future of every veteran seeking assistance.

Housing and Homelessness

Approximately 100,000 veterans spend the night on the streets, without shelter, warmth or food. Many, who do have shelter, find themselves in less than adequate accommodations. Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s goal is to find a safe place for every veteran and assist in finding programs and training which will get these veterans off the streets and back into society. Bridging The Gap of Georgia will also support those agencies dedicated to restoring and building homes and providing accessibility for those veterans who suffer from mental disabilities.

Health

It is our moral obligation to ensure that the men and women who wore the cloth of this nation receive the best possible treatment for themselves and their families. 80% of the United States veterans do not return to the VA systems and in some cases do not even realize that healthcare options exist for them. Bridging The Gap of Georgia understands the complexity of health issues which often do not surface until years after active duty. Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s work is endless in the areas of affordable healthcare, increased awareness and understanding for those medical issues specific to combat, effects. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain injuries, suicide prevention and effects from Agent Orange are some of the immediate areas the Bridging The Gap of Georgia will be working with.

Family Services

20% of the United States population is comprised of veterans, their families and friends. This demographic group requires special programs and services to assist in the assimilation of both a combat soldier home from war and those he/she has left behind. Special programs for spouses, parents and children of our veterans are needed across the country so this specific psychographic has a support system which reaches beyond immediate family and friends. Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s supports community outreach programs in neighborhoods throughout the nation to ensure that all family members have the support needed to improve family life.

Women’s Issues

The returning female veteran brings newfound issues to the veteran community. Absentee moms, rising divorce rate and post-traumatic stress disorder are serious, frightening realities for the many young women attempting to pick up life where they left off. Although services exist for returning veterans, none are specifically equipped to handle women. Bridging The Gap of Georgia understands the complexity of a woman coming home from war and is dedicated to furthering the research and cause to help this special group of heroes.

Education and Employment

Even those veterans who arrive safely home are finding it increasingly more difficult to find and hold jobs in this economic environment. Special training and employment efforts should be put in place so that those who fought so bravely overseas can return to a fulfilling and functioning lifestyle. Bridging The Gap of Georgia believes the Veterans community deserves special attention and treatment in the areas of advanced education, job training and interpersonal skill building. Job preference awareness campaigns are an area specific to the foundation’s message.

In 2010, Bridging The Gap of Georgia (BTG), along with its partners, was formed to help raise funds and awareness for Veterans’ causes. Bridging The Gap of Georgia will partner with existing organizations dedicated to veterans’ issues. In response to the growing need for an umbrella foundation that could aggressively take on the financial task of identifying problems and finding solutions for over 23 million U.S. veterans and their families, Bridging The Gap of Georgia, a non-partisan organization, has set out to become the voice of the US veteran community.
It is the duty of all Americans, whether you believe in the act of war or not, to take care of the millions of men and women who have fought courageously on foreign soil for our freedom back home. No soldier comes home unwounded, and often they suffer in silence for a lifetime. Our veterans and their families make up 20% of the United States population and as their problems grow, so do ours as a nation. The system of veteran’s organizations is overwhelmed, as more families are faced with the challenges of assimilating back into society and combating alone the many physical, psychological and social issues that plague the veteran population. Although the Veteran’s Administration (the VA) does an excellent job of caring for our returning soldiers, 85% of these veterans step out of the system as their problems often emerge long after deployment.

There are thousands of veterans organizations at work in the United States today. Most are sadly underfunded, and individually do not have the resources to adequately meet the urgent needs of the veteran community. A collective effort is necessary to help ease the burden our veterans face as they attempt to live normal lives while plagued with the adverse effects of war. . Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s (BTGG) mission is to help veterans reestablish themselves as productive members of society. Based on the principle of one individual helping another, we are providing an opportunity to network and help each other “Bridge The Gap” between veterans and the resources to help them thrive as the heroes they are. Bridging The Gap of Georgia brings hope into the eyes of an individual that has lost their hope, motivation, and determination in order to stabilize and strengthen the veteran by which awareness is heightened and veterans’ needs are met.

The Issues:

• Health (Mental)
• Housing and Homelessness
• Education, Employment & Job Training
• Family Services
• Women’s Issues
• Financial Services

Through high-profile events, such as Bridging The Gap of Georgia: The Concert, corporate sponsorship, cause marketing programs and national social movements, Bridging The Gap of Georgia has set its fundraising goals at an estimated $1 million annually. These funds will be raised and distributed to support programs and services which have a sustained impact on the lives of veterans and promote better living conditions, financial stability, medical and psychological improvements and, overall healthy individuals and families.
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Bridging The Gap of Georgia’s knowledgeable and influential Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and Blue Ribbon Panel of experts include leaders in the corporate, private and non-profit sectors. Together this group assumes the position of responsibly evaluating the wealth of veterans” organizations presently at work in the United States today in an effort to allocate campaign funds raised through Bridging The Gap of Georgia fundraising efforts.
This team is comprised of:
• Influential veterans who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to honoring veterans’ work and to soliciting change within the community
• Public figures, including respected journalists, media professionals and politicians who have the power to raise public awareness of veterans’ issues
• Physicians, psychiatrists and social workers who specialize in medical and psychological issues specific to the veteran community
• Financial experts and business leaders whose service and products greatly impact the veteran population
Funds are awarded based on comprehensive requirements which take into account governance ethics, financial reporting, diversity and success in operations.
Bridging The Gap of Georgia holds itself accountable to create change in all areas of veterans’ causes and to continue to measure the improvements made in the veterans’ community.

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