I stared at the bare rock face, harnessed up with ropes and carabiners, wondering where to start my climb. I had become overweight and inflexible since my separation from the Army in 2007, yet I was determined to climb up to the top of this short cliff. All of the other veterans who were watching cheered me on and shouted out pointers: “There is a hold to the right of your hand! Put your foot on that ledge!”
According to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, demand for services by veterans peaks about four decades after a conflict ends. The year 1978 was relatively quiet for active American military personnel, besides a brief Air Force involvement in South Zaire. Yet today, in 2018, the demand for veteran services is as high as many observers can remember it ever being.
Last month, Razoo announced the launch of #DayForTheBrave, the first national giving event to support veterans, to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. #DayForTheBrave is Razoo’s first pro bono giving event, intended to jumpstart a national movement so that Americans are not simply giving thanks, but giving back to nonprofits that support veterans and military families.