Valuing Our Veterans

by 3 Generations

We are hard at work expanding our commitment to tell the stories of veterans with the creation of a brand new Veteran Film series. This new project will feature a series of optimistic short films featuring U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. These films will show how veterans have overcome the challenge of adjusting to life back in the United States and focus on solutions, specifically showing how veterans have applied their military experience to affect positive change here at home.

The United States has been at war for the past 15 years. This new war has led to women engaging in combat roles, the unprecedented pace of repeat deployments and the use of drones in warfare. 2.7 million veterans have returned to domestic soil to restart their lives since 2001, and we will show how innovative thinking and technology have played a role in improving veteran life in the United States.

Our goal in this film series is to highlight diversity among veterans including forms specific to the military such as duty status, type of service, service region and military branch.

We thank our donors for their continued support in helping us share the stories of our nation's veterans.

Between 529,000 and 840,000 veterans are homeless at some time during the year. On any given night, more than 300,000 veterans are living on the streets or in shelters in the United States. These are just a few of the startling statistics regarding the current state of veterans in the United States. Here at 3 Generations we are proud to announce our newest effort to raise awareness of the issues facing veterans today: Our Veterans Video Lab (or VLAB).

Research shows that individual-based narrative exposure therapy, aka storytelling, is effective with individuals with high levels of PTSD. Telling their stories helps heal victims of violence. At 3 Generations our plan is to utilize social video marketing to tell the stories of the 21.6 million U.S. veterans. The goal to create a mobile video lab where we can make high quality social videos of veterans on the street, in our office or anywhere veterans want to tell their stories. 

Our mission is to create survivor-based evidence, to use it as a catalyst for change (via the organizations we partner with), all the while maintaining an ever-growing archive of these human rights abuses. Our methodology has been extremely successful, reaching audiences in the millions, generating tens of millions of media hits, and leading to awards for both ourselves and our partner NGOs. We have launched media campaigns that included local, national and international press coverage.

We are extremely excited about launching our veterans video lab, and it is made possible by your continued support in our organization. Thanks to generous individuals like you we are able to do all that we aspire to do. Thank you!

Here at 3 Generations we are proud to continue to raise awareness about the many issues our veterans face as they return home from service. We are honored to spread their stories throughout our various social media platforms. Our newest intern, Luis Rivera-Nesrala, recently wrote a fantastic blog post detailing his ideas about the current issues facing our veterans and reintegration from his perspective as the son of an active-duty United States Army service member.

Luis is a third-year student at New York University where he is studying Economics with a minor in Arabic. His chief interests are in geopolitical economics, particularly in regards to the Middle East. We are thrilled to have Luis on board and urge you to check out his post here:

Thank you for all of your generous support. Don't forget to check out our other projects and stay up to date on all our news by visiting our website for all our latest news and updates. 


Yesterday we were out filming and photographing the Veterans Day Parade in New York City. It was a wonderful experience seeing so many people out watching the parade and paying their respects to those who serve our country. 

We also continue to raise awareness about Veterans and PTSD through various social media platforms. On top of this we have several exciting new Veterans-related projects in the early planning stages. Watch this space or visit our website at for more information and updates. 

We can't continue to do the work we do without your continued support, so please donate today! 

"We have made great progress over the past few years because of leaders... who refuse to accept veteran homelessness as a fact of life. And now we have to finish the job once and for all, because when a veteran comes home kissing the ground, it is unacceptable that he should ever have to sleep on it." - First Lady Michelle Obama, June 4, 2014

On June 4th last year, First Lady Michelle Obama stepped forward to announce the Obama administration's Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. With 58,000 homeless veterans (.3% of the total veteran population) spread out across the U.S., she argued, this number could and should be brought down to zero by the end of 2015. At the time, Ms. Obama had 77 mayors, four governors and four county officials on board. Today, those numbers have grown to include 585 mayors, 8 governors and 152 county and city officials and unlike much of the news coming out these days concerning veteran affairs, the forecast regarding veteran homelessness is looking good. 

This past January, New Orleans became the first city in the U.S. to announce victory in the war on veteran homelessness. All across the country states are improving, in part thanks to the 300% increase in spending on homeless vets that has occurred during President Obama's tenure as president. The result: homelessness amongst veterans has decreased by about a third since 2010. 

In 2013, 3 Generations interviewed Lisa Pape, the National Director of Homeless & Residential Rehab Treatment Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as part of our Clinton Global Initiative commitment to action. Last month, President Obama renewed his commitment to veterans stating, "We stand by our pledge. We are going to keep at it until every veteran who has fought for America has a place to call home in America." In light of the renewal of his pledge, we aim to renew ours. We're thrilled to be able to share our interview with Ms. Pape, now the National Director of Homeless Programs for the Veterans Health Administration, with you and hope that her words will inspire you to take action on homelessness among veterans as well. Watch her interview here and check out the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's page on the Mayors Challenge to see what you can do to end veteran homelessness. 

As always, 3 Generations depends on the support of people like you. Your contributions help us produce videos like Lisa Pape's, which serve to educate the public on issues facing America's veterans. Please consider donating today. 


Sources: NPR and The New York Times 



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Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Jane Wells
3 Generations Founder and President
New York, NY United States

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