There are many way to support people who dedicated their lives to serving our country. One of the best ways is to hire them. There are more than 200,000 men and women leaving the military annually; and in Oklahoma City, you can expect to find a high count of veterans with Tinker Air Force Base being here. Nearly 60% of veterans still report employment as a top transition challenge. Oklahoma Works has a whole section on its website where you can connect with organizations helping veterans find jobs.
But if you want to help those who served our country and you’re not in the position to hire someone, we’d suggest seeing how you or your company can get involved with Warriors for Freedom. Founded in 2011 and based in Oklahoma City, the organization hosts events to help service members, veterans and their families reconnect with the military community and provide peer-to-peer support. By reestablishing connections, the goal is to help veterans and service members reduce their divorce rates, substance abuse use and suicide rate. Warriors for Freedom also started a campaign for Remember the 22, which helps to bring awareness to the veteran suicide rate.
Within its work, Warriors for Freedom takes veterans and service members on trips to help them reconnect and feel empowered with their abilities. These connections are made while fishing, scuba diving, hunting, riding motor cross bikes, cycling or golfing.
The organization also works with other nonprofit groups that provide resources to veterans, such as the Homeless Alliance, Northcare and Heartline Oklahoma.
Warriors for Freedom is currently trying to find people to take care of Christmas lists of veterans and service members. People can volunteer to buy entire an list or just a few items from a child’s list. For more information, visit warriorsforfreedom.org/Christmas or e-mail executive director Amber Moulder at email@example.com.