Check A Vet was started out of necessity.
Check A Vet founder Michael Carmichael saw firsthand the tragedy of our nation’s epidemic of Veteran suicide. As Michael looked across the landscape of nonprofits working on the issue, he could not find a model that was having any impact on the problem. By studying the data of Veteran suicide over the past 20 years, it became clear to Michael that combined nonprofit and government efforts were insufficient, including the billions of dollars that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs had spent trying to solve the issue.
Michael realized that the problem with these efforts is that they only target Veterans. There are 18 million Veterans in the US today. There are 350 million Americans. What if we can get these Americans to forge a meaningful and routine relationship with the Veterans in their lives? If family members and friends are given a front-row seat to their Veterans’ lives and educated on the warning signs of suicide and other struggles Veterans face, they can provide a sorely lacking local support system to prevent Veteran suicide.
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