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May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Veterans and Military Families

VeteransWith its grantmaking in the Veterans program area, the Trust aims to promote wellness for military service members, veterans, and their families.

By military service members and veterans, we mean enlisted personnel from the active and reserve U.S. military force who are currently serving or who have served, and their families, regardless of discharge status and length of service, with a particular focus on individuals affected by the engagements since September 2001.

 

Overview

The Trust embraces a holistic definition of wellness proposed by Dr. Nancy Berglass and Dr. Margaret C. Harrell in their report Well After Service:

Physical Well-Being and Psychological Well-Being are the satisfactory and sufficient conditions permitting individuals to function as necessary. Physical and psychological well-being are each informed by four dimensions:  social/personal relationships, health, fulfillment of material needs and purpose. These dimensions are interrelated and mutually supporting. When an individual achieves both physical and psychological well-being, that individual experiences basic wellness.

The Veteran Wellness Model depicts this definition.

The focus population for this program area includes enlisted personnel from the active and reserve U.S. Military force who have served or are currently serving and their families, regardless of discharge status and length of service, with particular focus on individuals affected by the engagements since September 2001. Acknowledging that some subpopulations experience particular challenges, the Trust’s grantmaking will include support for organizations with demonstrated competency serving veterans in one or more of the following groups:

  • Individuals with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, or major depression
  • Black, Latino/a, Native American, Asian, and Mixed Race individuals
  • LGBT individuals
  • Women
  • Survivors of military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Individuals facing homelessness or housing vulnerability
  • Veterans with General or Other than Honorable Discharges

The Trust recognizes veterans living with physical disabilities incurred in military action (“wounded warriors”) as a sub-population whose needs have been rightly prioritized by federal agencies, numerous charitable institutions, and public awareness campaigns. Therefore, while the Trust supports organizations that serve all veterans, regardless of disability status, requests from organizations serving wounded warriors exclusively are a lower priority in the Trust’s grantmaking.

Goals & Strategy

The Trust’s grantmaking addresses four broad goals that collectively support veterans to realize economic self-sufficiency and a good quality of life:

GOAL 1: Improve the mental and behavioral health and wellness of service members, veterans, and their family members by promoting timely, affordable access to evidence-based, person-centered, culturally-appropriate care that supports individual wellness, healthy relationships, and thriving families.

Grantmaking strategies include supporting organizations that work to:

  • Reduce stigma and other obstacles to mental and behavioral health treatment
  • Increase the number of culturally-competent providers offering evidence-based care
  • Support access to recreational and therapeutic programs that improve well-being
  • Help family members, caregivers, children, and others who support veterans
  • Provide access to non-VA/DoD programs for service members, veterans, and their families

GOAL 2: Promote self-sufficiency by providing access to education, training, information, guidance, and other assistance to facilitate the employment of veterans and military/veteran spouses in fulfilling living wage jobs.

Grantmaking strategies include awarding grants to programs that:

  • Meet uncovered expenses from education, training, or credentialing that enhance employment possibilities, particularly for junior enlisted veterans and military/veteran spouses
  • Assist active service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and veterans to translate military skills and certifications to civilian jobs
  • Educate and motivate hiring managers and human resource personnel about the benefits of employing recent veterans and their spouses
  • Assist transitioning service members and spouses with navigating the complexities of military transition and provide career advice, skills training, and job placement services to help establish them in their new career and community

GOAL 3: End homelessness and promote housing stability among individual veterans and veterans with families, with particular emphasis on populations experiencing disproportionate rates of homelessness.

Grantmaking strategies include supporting organizations that work to:

  • Prevent homelessness
  • Provide rapid rehousing to reduce the duration of homelessness
  • Provide transitional housing programs for homeless and vulnerably-housed veterans
  • Provide permanent supportive housing with services for those who require long-term support to remain housed

GOAL 4: Promote veteran and family well-being and community integration by supporting healthy family relationships, (re)igniting service members’ sense of purpose; and cultivating welcoming, inclusive communities.

Grantmaking strategies include awarding grants to programs that:

  • Facilitate access to interventions that encourage family integration and healthy relationships
  • Recognize and help military children in school and the community
  • Increase access to benefits and services and reduce barriers to integration by providing navigation services and encouraging community collaboratives
  • Increase awareness of and access to legal services
  • Encourage veterans and family members to become engaged and familiar with their communities

Competitive Characteristics

Successful applicant organizations:

  • Specifically address one or more of the Trust’s goals indicated on the Goals & Strategies tab
  • Involve service members, veterans, and military family members in program planning, service delivery, and organizational leadership
  • Are culturally competent with the military community and knowledgeable about issues affecting Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) service members, veterans, and their families or are actively working to gain cultural competence in order to serve these communities effectively
  • Demonstrate competency communicating with these populations, especially through online and social media channels
  • Conduct activities and communicate in a nonpartisan fashion; demonstrate a willingness to work with others despite differences
  • Collaborate with and complement the work of local, regional, and national government agencies and other nonprofits serving veterans and military families
  • Emphasize individuals’ strengths and assets
  • Understand and honor the principles of trauma-informed care

Competitive applicants must also meet the criteria outlined in the Alignment and Eligibility sections of the website.

The Trust does not consider requests from the following:

  • Nonprofit social service providers who serve veterans as part of their general client population but that have not specifically adapted or do not plan to adapt their outreach or services to ensure they are military-friendly and accessible to veterans and military families
  • Organizations primarily providing emergency material relief, such as food, clothing, or overnight shelter
  • Organizations lacking a track record of achieving results supportive of at least one of the Trust’s four goals

Recent Grants

Grantee Profile

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Established in 2007, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate, and to inform and prepare current and future national security leaders. The Trust’s 2013 grant ($76,100) supported CNAS to conduct a needs assessment focused on the community of post-9/11 veterans and military families in the Western region of the United States that aims to inform the public funding agencies, service providers, and policymakers about the status and unmet needs of veterans.
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Farmer-Veteran Coalition (FVC)

FVC is the only national nonprofit connecting military veterans with careers in agriculture. It fosters collaboration within the farming and military communities to provide viable employment and meaningful career options for veterans. Since its inception in 2009, FVC has advised, supported, or directly assisted more than 250 farmer-veterans, and its network now includes 700 veterans and farmers in 47 states, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2013, the Trust awarded FVC a one-year $35,000 general operating support grant.
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