Over the next decade, 2 million United States service members will exit the ranks of the armed forces, and join the 5 million veterans of the Post 9/11 generation. Instantaneously separated from their brothers and sisters in arms, the majority of those 7 million Americans will face obstacles while transitioning, as did the generations of veterans before them. Many will be unsure of what to pursue for their next career, or what path to travel to achieve success in a new industry. There will be bumps in the road. They are more likely than their civilian peers to struggle with employment, relationships and mental wellness; and are twice as likely to commit suicide. Allegiant Giving is dedicated to providing veterans with a smooth transition from military to civilian life. We are a community of veterans working tirelessly to identify opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. We navigate transition together in order to achieve our full potential.
Allegiant Giving has become a force in the greater Sacramento area Veteran Service Organization Community. We have collaborated with dozens of companies and veteran service organizations on numerous projects including: cyber security training, job and resource fairs, social engagements, mentorship, entrepreneurship seminars, internships and more. Having directly served thousands of veterans, Allegiant has established the foundation for a new type of veteran community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected that community, but we have found ways to persevere. We have adapted all of our training to be conducted completely online. Our social events have been replaced by video chats and webinars. Operations have changed, but sustained. Unfortunately, however, our primary source of fundraising has been completely wiped out. Our summer 2020 event season has been completely shut down due to business closures and stay at home orders. Thanks to your continued support, we survived the storm and are thriving. Your contributions will allow us to continue our efforts throughout 2021 and into future.