How Veterans Are Reshaping Communities For The Better


The men and women who take the oath to service in the military do so knowing that they are putting their country before themselves. And a new report released this week by Got Your 6 shows how this commitment to service continues even after the military.

Researchers with the advocacy group found that on average, veterans spend more time volunteering in their communities and have higher rates of civic engagement than those who have never served in the military. For example, veterans volunteer an average of 160 hours a year, 25% more than non-veterans. Additionally, 18% of veterans belong to community service groups, three times the rate of non-veteran peers. The full report, which can be found here, concludes that:

Veterans make communities stronger. As such, it is important to frame veteran reintegration as an opportunity for our country. If Americans perceive veterans as the civic resources they truly are, veterans will more likely transition home successfully, and communities will reap greater benefits from those transitions.

We couldn’t agree more. The veterans who make up the Task & Purpose community — our contributing writers; those who we have been fortunate enough to profile; and those who contribute to the issues we cover through comments, feedback, and social media engagement — demonstrate this commitment by millennial veterans to holding their country, their peers, and themselves to a higher standard. This community embodies what make America so great.

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To see some of the highlights found in the Got Your 6 report, check the infographic below, which shows how veterans are impacting their communities on a national scale.

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(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Keion Jackson).

The U.S. military will build 'facilities' to house at least 7,500 adult migrants, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to construct the facilities, said Pentagon spokesman Army Maj. Chris Mitchell.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)

Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.

So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.

"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."

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The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.

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When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.

J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.

"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.

"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."

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(DoD/Sgt. Amber I. Smith)

In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.

"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.

"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."

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