A campaign to support military families and veterans

A campaign to support military families and veterans

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Okay, I'm using my craigconnects thing to do a better job of standing up for stuff I believe in. Sure, I'm about to plunge in over my head even more than usual, and need to talk about that with you.  (We're working on some way to do a good job of that.)

That's to say this is not only to support others' good efforts, but also how to learn to do it better and better.

So, I'm spending July helping to raise awareness and promote the efforts of people and groups who support military families and veterans, who really get the job done. (Hey, please focus on the "getting real stuff done" part; raising awareness, by itself, not so useful.)

My root motivation: help troops and their families, who, I feel, are willing to go somewhere and risk taking a bullet to protect me. Least I can do is help out this way. So, the deal is my first craigconnects campaign, month long, from June 28-July 31.

I'm trying to highlight the real impact of many veterans organizations out there. Key components of the craigconnects Veterans Campaign:

This complements my existing DonorsChoose matching grants campaign that help schools which serve military families.

My efforts here are part of my craigconnects thing, not craigslist. The deal is that a lot of good people help military families and vets, and I bear witness to their efforts.

I want to emphasize that there are thousands of groups helping families of vets, what some folks call the "sea of goodwill." (PDF)   Maybe I should dive in and help people reconcile the different resource tools for all these groups.

My team and I are working with the grant challenge finalists, will be working on building out their profiles on Guidestar, Charity Navigator and Great Nonprofits during the campaign. That will give folks out there a lot more transparency into these vets organizations.

Finally, this is the first of other future campaigns that will be launched for other areas cited on craigconnects.org.

I'd like to specially thank my team, including Jonathan Bernstein, Susan Nesbitt, Nora Rubinoff, Bruce Bonafede, and the folks at RAD Campaign, led by Allyson Kapin.


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Marlin Ouverson

Craig, when some of the people who contributed to starting the "microcomputer revolution" hired me to edit their publications, back in the day, they spent much more time talking to me about the potential social benefits of the then-new technology than they did talking about technical matters.

They were right: this technology can do much to level the playing field for the disenfranchised and to help cross-pollinate so many good things across barriers rooted in race, economics, education and more.

Thanks for defining an area that can benefit from their attention and efforts of the online community. Best wishes for your endeavor!

Joe Bobrow

Community and Grassroots are the keywords. You get it, Craig, mazel tov, and now let the connections begin. You've chose 4 great groups to begin with. Among other achievements, IAVA helped make the important new GI BIll possible, and Bob Woodruff and his team at ReMind have supported so many, including our own Coming Home Project retreats for service providers immersed on the front lines providing care at Walter Reed, the Burn Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, and many other MTF's and VA's around the world. ReMind, ReConnect and make manifest the groundswell of love and support nationwide for our Veterans, Service Members and their Families and Providers.

Craig Newmark

everyone, thanks, I really appreciate it!

Please remember that real credit goes to the people who serve the country directly, and to the people in groups who serve them. I'm doing much easier stuff.

thanks!

Antonio White

Hi Craig,

This expanded project you're working on is huge. I'd like to offer to shoot a 3 minute, professional video for each of the four groups to help you deliver their messages. You've done so much for me, I want to be of help to you in this campaign.

Craig Newmark

Antonio, thanks! Please email me your offer, that'll help, and then we can relay to each.

Thanks!

Mylea

Craig – Your interest in Veterans' health, issues and post-deployment needs is truly inspiring. What I admire most is that you walk your talk – so many people put a yellow sticker on their car and think that is support. It is not.

Military families often live at or below the poverty line – they struggle with finances in the face often of PTSD and other deployment related illnesses for which treatment is often difficult to get. I should know – as you know from your interest in our work at Stanford and the VA.

Please encourage people to do something for the military families in their area – mow a lawn – offer child care – bring food – listen – say thank you when you see a person in uniform or with a VFW or other hat that indicates service. I always walk up to Veterans I see and say thank you – this has led to some of the most interesting and rewarding conversations in my life to date and it has always brought pleasure to the person thanked. Keep it up Craig!

Radiancy Jackson

Yeah Craig!!! <3 Great Job!!! Thanks for caring <3

Shel

Stop Ghosting Vets who are trying to post on your list. Shame on you.

Earl Shoop

As a Vietnam vet, I do appreciate your efforts. I wish that I could contribute, but lost my job 2 yrs ago, was denied unemployment, and am scraping by, while trying to start a new kind of peace movement, which I call, "Drive For Peace." Motto: "Road Peace is a step toward World Peace." This is literally true, since humans must evolve into caring, patient, forgiving and loving beings to better coexist on the road, as well as the world.

My humble website: http://www.gridlocksmith.com. Any help, tutoring, finding funds, advice, or spreading the word will be appreciated.

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