Giving Tuesday: Adjusting to Life After Service

As the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 approaches and the U.S. navigates the impacts of leaving Afghanistan, we want to take a moment to recognize the efforts of a nonprofit that serves those who have served on behalf of our country.

Veterans Bridge Home supports a stronger community, one veteran at a time. Through a robust network of partners, the organization connects veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the broader Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

Equipped with the right resources and connections to civilian community, veterans are able to thrive in life after service.

Transition from military duty to civilian life can be challenging for many veterans. By providing holistic resources through a comprehensive network of partners, VBH eases this transition by helping veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families.

VBH also offers access to comprehensive support services, including housing, mental health, employment, and education assistance. VBH hosts frequent events to meet other veterans.

Nearly 25% of all requests that VBH receives are regarding employment support service. VBH partners with local agencies, businesses, and non-profits who specialize in employment readiness to ensure that veterans can successfully seek and retain meaningful employment.

“The work of Veterans Bridge Home resonates with me as they help others navigate the transition to life after service. They’re good people committed to helping those who served find their fit in the civilian community,” says Bobby Romano, VP of Charitable Services at Amicus.io and U.S. Army Veteran.

One way to support veterans in the community is to serve as a “Battle Buddy,” an idea which stems from a military practice to support others. With VBH, individuals receive basic mental health training to support those in their communities and advocate in situations where more professional help may be warranted.

Those who are unable to commit to working as a Battle Buddy have a number of other volunteer opportunities available, including the following areas: general support, care coordination, deliveries and transportation, and VBH and Community events.

As the U.S. military has withdrawn from Afghanistan, Veteran’s Bridge is looking to apply its processes, resources, and networks to supporting Afghan refugees who relocate to the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. To remain updated on their work to meet this emerging need in the community, visit their site.

Those looking to financially support the organization may contribute support to families of veterans as well as families of Afghan refugees.

This post is part of a series that highlights the non-profit organizations that members of our team support. Read more about Amicus.io's GivingTuesday initiative here.