As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.35th President of the United States
For the first six days of the Equity Challenge, we’ve laid building blocks to better understand concepts like privilege, power and marginalization from an individual level. Memorial Day is a time to reflect, honor, and remember those who have died in service to our country. Rather than take a break on Memorial Day, we felt it imperative to continue on this learning journey together, recognizing that the inequities that hamper our region don’t take a day off. Collectively, Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties are home to nearly 200,000 veterans. As a result of a confluence of factors, veterans in our region face high rates of homelessness, unemployment, disability, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health disparities. Today’s challenge will look at the complex experiences and inequities that veterans and military families face.
Though a 2017 study named Detroit the worst place for veterans, read this article to learn about the work that Michigan Veterans Foundation is doing to make our region a better place for our servicemen and servicewomen. (6 minutes)
Explore these charts from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the racial and ethnic composition of our veteran population. (3 minutes)
Check out this video to learn about the military-civilian divide. (2 minutes)
Watch Sebastian Junger’s TED talk on how our lonely society makes reentry harder for veterans. (13 minutes)
Explore our volunteer portal for opportunities to serve veterans with our partner agency, Southwest Solutions.