A few months back, I visited with Bill Rausch, the executive director veterans nonprofit Got Your 6. I asked him about the mission of his organization and he put it very simply, “Veterans like serving. They want to continue to serve. We try to empower them do that.” I understood what he was saying back in his D.C. office, but his message really didn’t hit home until devastating hurricane floods affected our neighborhood this past week in Houston. Over the past four days, my husband, a Marine reservist, and I have been evacuating people who lost all their material possessions to Hurricane Harvey.
Tucked away on 45th Street, just beyond the golden glow of Times Square and New York’s Broadway theater district, is the tastefully understated Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, which, since April 26, 2017, has been the set of Bandstand — a Tony-award winning homage to World War II and what happened when the Greatest Generation finally made it home only to realize that America didn’t wait for them.
Got Your 6, a nonprofit that works to foster accurate portrayals of veterans, knows exactly how to honor veterans this year: vote. The organization has partnered with issue-driven media company, ATTN:, to release a new public service announcement around the election and Veterans Day.
In the world examined by veterans advocacy group Got Your Six, veterans are not broken. They are not dangerous. They are not troubled. Instead, they are diligent community members. They vote. They volunteer. By all accounts, they are more engaged in their communities than non-veterans.
The veteran speakers at Got Your 6’s Storyteller event were incredibly diverse, including comedians, actors, nonprofit founders, and artists. Each one, after returning home, has become a community leader, helping other veterans to express themselves.