Over our 24 year history, Robin Hood has always helped veterans through the hundreds of programs we support. Over the past few years we’ve been disheartened to see an increasing number of veterans – men and women who raised their hands to serve our country — come to the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and mental health clinics that we fund.
In response to this growing crisis, Robin Hood’s donors have contributed more than $13 million for Robin Hood’s Veterans Initiative. To date, we’ve distributed more than $4.7 million for 17 grants that are working to connect veterans with essential programs to keep these courageous men and women on their feet. Earlier this year, we put together a Veterans Advisory Board to help steer our role in this fight. And now, for the first time, we’re holding a national conference to share best practices and programs that have demonstrated real results and to inspire and strengthen the potential for helping our returning military heroes and their families.
This Monday, May 7, we’ll gather veterans groups from across the country and policy makers aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for the Robin Hood Veterans Summit. We are honored to host this all-day event where leaders in business, government, media and the nonprofit sectors can share ideas and real-world solutions for helping veterans and their families. Admiral Mike Mullen, General Stanley McChrystal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Patty Murray, are just a few of the individuals participating in our panels. We will be featuring programs and models that can be replicated across the country and hope that by showcasing innovative and effective solutions, we can inspire others to achieve similar successes in their own communities.
Our military men and women deserve better. And Robin Hood is working to ensure that these brave Americans receive the care and quality of life they deserve.