Our mission is to provide educational and administrative assistance to physically and psychologically wounded veterans who are seeking medical and financial support for injuries suffered as a result of military service.
Imagine filling out three pages of paperwork to try and get medical care, or 12 pages of paperwork to get disability compensation or pension benefits. You wouldn’t like doing it, but you would anyway. Now imagine that you have a brain injury that prevents you from paying attention, or focusing. And you are too frustrated or too proud to tell anyone that you need help getting past page two. So you live with your pain, or in poverty, until it is unbearable.
The Tragic Facts
We lose 22 veterans to suicide every day. There are 23 million veterans in our great country and a large percentage of them currently do not receive the medical care and monetary compensation they so rightfully deserve. Today, there are 60,000 homeless veterans in our country and this number is rising quickly as more service members come home from war. The truth about veterans in our country is that they are suffering daily, and the National Veterans Rights Association (NVRA) is committed to the mission of helping these forgotten heroes by offering them the assistance and guidance they need to achieve a better life.
What we are doing to make a difference:
- Video programs offering assistance for filling out forms for veterans benefits, securing military records, applications for discharge upgrades and corrections of military records
- Claims assistance for benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and state offices for veteran’s affairs
- Assistance for the establishment of veterans programs meant to serve the needs of veterans, their dependents and survivors that are not provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or state agencies providing services to veterans, their dependents, or survivors
- Referrals to government agencies and non-profit organizations that offer financial, housing and employment assistance to homeless, disabled, and disadvantaged veterans and their dependents
- To support the establishment and development of programs like Central Oregon Veterans Outreach throughout the United States
Our Unique Contribution
Our veterans have fought for the land they call home, and when they return, many face monumental challenges. Where can they go for support? We see them; we hear about them; but do we really know them? Do we have any idea about the battles many of them are fighting every day for the benefits they have earned and deserve?
These questions inspired the NVRA, with the help of MediaSeam, to produce a one-of-a-kind documentary which will take the viewer inside the hearts and minds of these veterans who put their lives on the line for the country they love. This untold story will rivet the audience, disclosing veteran mistreatment, how they fight for their compensation and healthcare rights to create a life worth living without becoming a suicide statistic. We’ll delve deep into the roots of these problems and boldly show the cause of veteran despair from misdiagnoses, misconceptions, homelessness, suicide and benefit abuse. Along our journey, we will meet some organizations like ourselves that have taken matters into their own hands to overcome adversity, and bring hope and justice into the lives of veterans, assisting them in their quest for a better life.
We Need Your Help
Since we are in our first stages of inception, we are seeking $5,000 in donations to create our website and social media. We greatly appreciate the generosity of those who are offering substantial discounts towards these services, and those who have already made financial contributions toward the creation of the National Veterans Rights Association.
We are also seeking $25,000 in donations to continue work on this documentary. We have already filmed ten interviews and have filming scheduled for eight more. We need to make deposits to the production company soon. One of the interviewees is Stu Steinberg, a co-founder of NVRA and Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO). Stu has been a service officer for Vietnam Veterans of America for many years and assists his fellow veterans in their quest for benefits from the VA. During filming in Oregon, we interviewed COVO leaders and some of the veterans they serve. (COVO provides creative, low-income housing for veterans, and has a transitional housing program that serves formerly homeless veterans.)
A portion of the $25,000 will go towards an online campaign to raise additional funds to complete the full documentary. One of our missions is to mirror the COVO program throughout the United States, beginning in Temecula, California under the direction of Jerry Morter, Chief Operating Officer of NVRA.
We need your help to make this mission a success, by getting the documentary out there so we can rapidly expand awareness of the problems facing veterans, particularly those returning from combat. Your donation of $25, $100, or $1,000, or more, will make a significant difference. For civilians, it will create greater understanding and compassion for our veterans’ families, friends and coworkers. For veterans, it will create awareness that they are not alone and that there are alternatives readily available that they could never have imagined.
Together, We Can Make a Difference
Though many of us will never understand the pain and suffering that some veterans face every day, we can be a part of lessening that burden and make their lives better. In the greatest nation on earth, our veterans should never suffer, become homeless, commit suicide, or be forgotten for any reason. We understand that there are many nonprofit groups you may give to, but please consider our cause as it will make an immediate difference in a veteran’s life, as well as potentially save one. Please help our veterans get the treatment and compensation they were promised for what they fought for and deserve, and because of their service to us and this blessed country. Help now, before it’s too late.