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The Bush Institute's Veteran Nonprofit Guide
The veteran nonprofit space is vast, confusing, and frequently cited as challenging to navigate. Recent reports show approximately 45,000 unique nonprofits with the mission of serving veterans or service members. (15,000 if you remove chapters like VFW, American Legion, etc…) With all of these choices, it can be confusing and you may not be receiving the best care available.
The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative has created a Veteran Nonprofit Guide to equip veterans, service members and their families with the proper questions to ask a service provider in order to receive the highest quality of care. As a consumer of these services, veteran and military families should ask questions to ensure they are being properly served.
If you, or someone you know, are looking for local services that are working together to serve veterans and military families, please go to www.UniteUS.com.
Cleland is the Manager of Research and Policy for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute where he specializes in employment transition as well as collective impact in the military/veteran space. Prior to joining the Military Service Initiative, Cleland was the Director of Innovation and Operations for the Community Engagement & Innovation team at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). He developed and managed initiatives in support of establishing, executing, and maintaining oversight of collective impact projects under the technical oversight of the Community Engagement team (AmericaServes).
Cleland was an Infantry Machine Gunner (0331) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Fox Company, and was retired from the United States Marine Corps in July 2008 due to injuries sustained while fighting in the surrounding towns of Fallujah, Iraq. Upon retirement, Cleland returned home to pursue his education at Syracuse University. He currently resides in his hometown of Camillus, NY with his wife Kimberly, son Colton, daughter Charlotte, and dogs Benelli and Nova. He holds a B.A. in Policy Studies (Public Affairs) with a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Creative Collaboration and Conflict Resolution.Full Bio
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