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Veterans1 mission ...

... to serve our veterans and their families.

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“When I came home, I sensed a lot of hostility.
No one who serves should face that from
other Americans. This time, welcome them home."

Vietnam Veteran, Ohio

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Iraq War veteran, U.S. Marine from California

“We left a lot unfinished.
We were so close, they needed us, but we were gone.”

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“We lost the best America had to give.
We can’t forget."

- Father of a Navy nurse who died
from her injuries in Afghanistan

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“They Sacrificed. Now we must do our part.”

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It's not just the soldiers.
So many of their children have sacrificed
and will be forced to continue to sacrifice.
At least let's help them get a college degree.

High school teacher of two children of veterans who are hoping for college scholarships. (Kansas)

About Veterans1

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Veterans1 is unlike other veteran service organizations (VSOs).

  • We are a volunteer-run organization. We have no employees or staff. That allows us to devote more of your contribution dollars to providing benefits and programs to veterans and their families.

  • We do not run programs. We work with organizations that have an existing program – or a concept or plan – that will help veterans or their families. We provide research, grants or in-kind services and fundraising assistance. As we match volunteers and available resources with VSOs, we look for groups that are not duplicating something that another organization is already doing well. Veterans1 also looks for groups with realistic budgets and low overhead so that contributors know that their money goes primarily to veterans and their families.

  • We advocate on behalf of veterans and the families by educating Congress, the White House and federal departments and agencies.

Some of the groups we are working with now are a Colorado-based group that wants to take veterans’ job fairs nationwide; a group that wants to offer college assistance to children of veterans; and a Bulgarian volunteer-run effort that provides entertainment for U.S. servicemen and women stationed in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In response to suggestions and recommendations from contributors, we are investigating providing humanitarian aid and medical supplies to refugees in war zones where U.S. forces have departed.


“For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.”

- Former Georgia Senator and Governor Zell Miller

How Can You Help?

There are now 22.3 million veterans and this number is growing every day. Many veterans face challenges with the transition back into civilian life, job training and job opportunities, traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputations, suicide risk, and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) .

Helping hands for our veterans

Please help Veterans1 serve our veterans. So many veterans require assistance that goes beyond the normal needs of those who return from combat - from debilitating injuries to psychological issues, from completing education and training to finding a job.

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Training and jobs for our veterans

If you are an employer or responsible for hiring at your organization and are interested in hiring veterans, please contact us and we will put you in touch with an organization or career center that can refer qualified veterans to your firm.

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Volunteers working with our veterans

Veterans1 has no employees. We run on the best efforts of our volunteers. There are literally thousands of volunteer opportunities to help veterans all across the U.S. Job fairs and grassroots activities, local fundraising and visiting our wounded warriors are just a few activities that need volunteers.

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We need your support now more than ever.  04232007001_86537368

Veterans1 has been providing strategic and philanthropic support to U.S. veterans and their families through related non-profit organizations for over 11 years. We have facilitated contributions to Wounded Warriors Project, G.I. Film Festival, and advocated in Washington for veterans and their families.

Today, our Washington, D.C. based Veterans1 is engaged in a fundraising campaign to support expansion of job opportunities for veterans. We are being asked to do more. The need is great. Qualified veteran service organizations (VSOs) need more funding and program support. In addition, children of veterans have a growing need for grants and scholarships for college and trade schools tuition and fees. By working with ABS, Veterans1 will be able to draw on a strong partner who shares our volunteer-run beliefs. Together, the Veterans1/ABS teams will work with a base of over two million Americans.

We believe in serving the needs of those who have sacrificed and served our country. 

Information on two new programs – one we are just beginning and another we are considering.

The new program (job fairs) has a need, nationwide.

The second program (aid to refugees) is the most requested by our contributors and we are in the process of evaluating our ability to make a positive impact in refugee and humanitarian aid. We believe that, based on the combined experience of our leadership group, we are as well suited as any U.S. based organization – but we want to wait to hear from you.

Please take the survey (here) and tell us what you think.

Veterans Job Fairs

Veterans 1 is working with a Colorado charity to expand their job fairs to more parts of the USA. We are currently assisting with job fairs for veterans and advancing local partnerships with veterans support organizations (VSOs) in more areas. Veterans need job opportunities and only the private sector and charities seem able to meet the growing need. Please help Veterans 1 expand access to more veterans seeking civilian employment.

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Kurdistan Refugee Aid

The most requested activity of those individuals and groups that contact us is humanitarian assistance in refugee crises. Probably, that is because some people know that all three of our key leadership group - Velma Anne Ruth, General Audino and Ken Feltman - have had their boots on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan. In fact, Velma and Ken will be in Kurdish areas in May, on separate trips. Veterans1 is considering supplying humanitarian assistance to the refugees and are surveying our contributors to see whether they approve of this new activity. Because of previous work in Kurdish areas in Eastern Turkey, Syria and Iraq, ABS Community Research is familiar with the needs and many of the leaders in the area.

Learn More About This Possible Activity