officiate | EDUCATE | ADVOCATE
As veterans we have been and continue to be members of one of the most diverse institutions in our country -- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen. We represent people from every corner of our land, every shade of humanity, immigrant and native-born, Christian, Muslim, Jew, and nonbeliever alike, all serving this country we love with a sense of duty and pride. Today, we carry the message of unity from our military to our American community.
There is no longing to relive the painful moments of terror and loss. What we miss in our lives as veterans are the strength of our relationships, our bond and camaraderie that we once shared. We search for ways to come together, to reconnect with one another and AUSV provides the platform to fulfill this very need in our community.
We call upon all Americans, to raise awareness of the resources and support services available in their communities for mental health, women’s rights, human rights, LGBT rights, suicide prevention and sustainable healthcare, not for our veterans only, but for all Americans. We believe addressing the issues that matter most to all Americans will ultimately create a better society for our veterans and our military families.
Bridging the divides between the veterans and our most powerful American communities with the mentality that our veterans carried— honor, integrity and selflessness, which are the hallmark of a true leader that can subside prejudice and injustice. Veterans offer a unifying example for what is right with our country.
An educated society will naturally become more egalitarian. Education helps in bringing a moral understanding to our society. It enables us to determine what is right and what is wrong. Education promotes thinking, and once you start thinking, you no longer blindly follow. Shoulder to shoulder, we fought without any concern toward one’s gender, race, color or religion. We bring that sense of brotherhood or sisterhood to our American communities at large through education.
WHAT WE DO: With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans and other powerful communities work together to promote both what is morally right and socially impactful. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity and respect between our service members and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors of shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.
WHAT WE BELIEVE: We at AUSV— we believe communities can bring real opportunities for everyone involved through collaboration. We believe with no doubt that we can create a new narrative for our veterans and all Americans by creativity and collaboration, and of course by cooperation. We believe that community unity is always a tribute to the strength and preference of a people for inclusion and partnership over division and alienation. There are more than 21 million United States veterans.
WHY WE DO IT: While massive numbers of service members return home with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, they are not all seeking help due to the stigma about seeking mental health care. Separation from service and the need to adapt to new societal norms lead returning service members to experience great difficulties in their newly founded lives. Veterans find meaning in community, and their sense of identity is often rediscovered in their sharing of memories and stories with their fellow service members. They find comfort in their sense of "selves" and in knowing that they too have a place in their new society.