Starting next Monday, Global Giving UK is matching donations by 50%! All online donations received through the GlobalGiving.co.uk site (but NOT GlobalGiving.org) will be eligible for the 50% matching funds (until matching funds run out).
There are other exciting prizes as well including cash bonuses of £1,000 and £500 for the top two projects that generate the largest amount of money and £500 for the top project to solicit the greatest number of unique donations by the end of the campaign on March 10th, 2014.
But don't dilly dally. As stated above, these funds will run out so be sure to mark your calendars for March 3rd, 2014. Matching begins at 12:01 am GMT and will end on March 10th at 11:59 am BST.
Once again, thank you for all your support and be sure to check out 3 Generations' newest Global Giving project - Why We Speak: Help Spread Syrian Stories.
Over the past few years, an increasing number of condemning stories have come out regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and coverup in the military. According to the Department of Defense's 2012 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, only 300 of 3,374 reported assualts were prosecuted while an estimated 26,000 assults went unreported. Much has been written about how the hyper-masculine environment of the military and the strict chain of command structure contribute to the severe descrepancy in reported incidents and as such, reforms are currently being instituted. But what of those service-women who have already left the military? The ones who may have been assaulted but were denied justice? Where are they now?
The answers to these questions are rather disappointing. Recent stories regarding veteran affairs have highlighted a disturbing rise in homeless female veterans. According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, female veterans made up 10% of the 141,000 veterans nationwide who spent at least one night in a shelter in 2011; up from 7.5% in 2009. Perhaps more disconcerting, however, are the the factors that researchers suggest have contributed to this rise. A study by Dr. Donna Washington of UCLA's School of Medicine found that 53% of homeless female vets had experienced Military Sexual Trauma, or M.T.S. Such experiences oftentimes lead to PTSD and substance abuse. When combined with the challenges of finding a job and the lack tranisitional housing options for single mothers with kids, the downward spiral often appeared inevitable.
In 2014, we at 3 Generations hope to continue our veterans project by providing a platform for homeless female veterans to tell their stories; a right many were denied while in service. You can help us in this endeavor by donating today. Remember, every bit helps!
Thank you for being a supporter of our film project, Valuing Our Veterans. Before you leave the office for the weekend, mark you calendar for October 23rd. Next Wednesday, Global Giving is running a Regional Bonus Day for projects based in North America. This means that for every donation you make, Global Giving will match 30% of your donation. PLUS the project that raises the most money on that day will win an additional $1000 from Global Giving.
As you may remember from our last update, we have big plans for our Veterans Project. Last month, we wrapped up post-production on our short film, A Different Kind of War. The film focuses on the Combat Veterans Cowboy Up program. The program, begun by Vietnam veteran, John Nash, invites veterans suffering from PTSD to stay and receive equine-assisted psychotherapy on Nash's Colorado ranch. Of course, as we wrap things up on A Different Kind of War, we must bear in mind that the struggle that many veterans endure upon returning home is, in many cases, never ending. As documentarians, it is our duty to continue gathering testimonies however, we can't do it alone!
If you can, please consider donating next week and support our project once more. All you have to do is log in anytime between Oct. 22nd at 9:01 pm and Oct. 23rd at 8:59, and donate. It's that easy!
Once again, thank you all for your continued support and enjoy the weekend!
As we continue to record the stories of veterans who have struggled with PTSD, our interviews with one very special group of veterans has turned into a short film. Combat Veterans Cowboy Up is a program in Elizabeth, Colorado, where veterans with PTSD can come to receive equine-assisted psychotherapy. Social workers and equine specialists lead these groups of veterans through excercises of trust and cooperation, with horses who can sense and respond to their anxiety. John Nash, the founder of the program and a Vietnam veteran himself, tries to help participants draw parallels to their experience with the horses, and situation that may occur in daily life. To him "it's all about the metaphors." And he's had an unprecedented amount of success.
We've conducted interviews with four of the veterans in his program, all of whom have experienced trauma during their time in the military that has followed them home and lingered with them in the form of PTSD. They have found a home and healing with John Nash at the Moon Fall Ranch. Our interviews were informative and touching, and they all had a consistent message: they want other veterans to know that Combat Veterans Cowboy Up and they don't have to fight PTSD alone.
These very special veterans are excited to have participated in this short film and are excited to have the word spread about this incredible program. Thanks to our donors generous contributions, the film will now screen at film festivals across the country, and soon be available for public consumption on our website.
Veterans helping veterans has become a theme of this project. Recently we visited a horse ranch, where a Vietnam veteran is using equine therapy to treat combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He founded the project while recovering from PTSD himself, and inspires participants through his own story of recovery.
We were also granted access to the Department of Veterans Affairs, where we interviewed three experts about veteran employment, PTSD in returning veterans, and veteran homelessness. By recording the stories of those who have survived combat and fought PTSD, in conjunction with the government leaders who are working to make progress on the policy level, we hope to give the community at large the knowledge and resources to hire veterans, understand veterans with PTSD, and help returning veterans reincorporate into civilian life.
Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.
If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.
3 Generations Founder and President