Health—General & Rehabilitative

Soldier Strong Inc

Helping servicemembers take their next steps forward.

Stamford, CT

Mission

SoldierStrong transforms the lives of injured veterans by providing cutting-edge medical technology, rehabilitation access and education otherwise unavailable to them.

Ruling Year

2013

Chairman and CEO

Christopher Meek

Main Address

1127 High Ridge Road Suite 124

Stamford, CT 6905 USA

Keywords

Veterans, nonprofit, medical device, education grants, injured

EIN

46-2142225

 Number

3663818493

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The SoldierSuit is several state-of-the-art rehabilitation technologies that address a variety of combat-related disabilities. We partner with some of the country’s most advanced medical technology firms to make their products accessible to our returning veterans. The SoldierScholarship program represents our commitment to provide support for our United States Armed Forces heroes that evolves along with their needs. As soldiers return from service abroad, education offers some of the best opportunities for them to provide for themselves and their families, and thrive in civilian life. SoldierStrong is dedicated to helping American military veterans overcome disabilities and major injuries through therapy and rehabilitation. Help us help our Nation’s veterans by donating today.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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SoldierSuit

SoldierScholarship

SoldierRecovery

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Related program

SoldierScholarship

Context notes

As soldiers return from service abroad, education offers some of the best opportunities for them to provide for themselves and their families, and thrive in civilian life.

Number of people provided assistive technology

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

SoldierSuit

Context notes

We partner with some of the country’s most advanced medical technology firms to make their products accessible to our returning veterans.

Number of people who receive inpatient care and get significantly better

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

SoldierSuit

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

SoldierSuit

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

SoldierSuit

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

SoldierStrong helps American patriots literally take their new steps forward. Through educational scholarships and by harnessing the most innovative technology in advanced rehabilitation, we help our returning service men and women to continue moving in the only direction they should know – forward. Nearly every dollar SoldierStrong receives goes towards direct support of American patriots so that they can re-acclimate to civilian life. Our organization works to remind those men and women who sacrificed so much that we are forever thankful.

SoldierStrong is committed to helping our soldiers take their next steps forward. Whether it be a soldier taking their next steps on the frontlines, in their education or career paths, or helping them get out of a wheelchair and take the next steps forward in their daily lives, SoldierStrong is there to support them. We partner with some of the nation's most advanced biomedical device companies to get their products into the hands of our nation's injured veterans. Through our efforts, SoldierStrong not only helps those who most deserve it, but also creates additional benefits for the entire country. These firms don't just change lives; they create jobs and strengthen their communities. With the support of SoldierStrong and similar organizations, our partners continue to push technology forward and keep the United States at the cutting edge.

Small goods. Large impact. From this simple ethos, SoldierSocks began its journey of helping service men and women through theirs. Along the way, we've developed into an organization with a national profile that now stands at the forefront of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of our nation's heroes. Back in 2009, we saw that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan lacked some basic essentials – namely tube socks and baby wipes, cherished items in the harsh deserts of the Middle East. Moved to take action, we founded SoldierStrong and,working with local businesses and civic organizations around Stamford, Conn., held sock drives and fund-raising events. Word of our mission spread, and our partnerships grew in scope to include organizations such as Cablevision, Sports Illustrated, ConAir and Newman's Own, in addition to a number of schools and universities, churches and other civic organizations. People took notice – SoldierStrong shipped over 50,000 pounds of items to our troops abroad, and drew praise here at home, receiving a commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives and a Presidential Call to Service Award from the White House. As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wound down and our ambitions to help grew, SoldierStrong's focus pivoted from providing goods to soldiers abroad to helping them thrive here at home. Our efforts quickly evolved beyond simple sock drives to scholarships for returning veterans and partnering with cutting-edge rehabilitation technology companies to literally get our heroes “back on their feet". Although we've since left sock drives and care packages behind to tackle new challenges, SoldierStrong remains committed to its founding principles: providing our patriots with the resources and support they need to overcome obstacles new and old. While the goods that we now provide – state-of-the-art medical devices and educational opportunities at some of our nation's most prestigious institutions – are in no way small, our impact continues to be outsized.

- Donation dollars passed on to our causes. - Bio Medical devices funded or donated. - Spinal Cord Injured veterans now with access to our SoldierSuit. - Scholarship dollars granted to date in 2018

- Donation dollars passed on to our causes: 80+% - Bio Medical devices funded or donated this year: 4 - Spinal Cord Injured veterans now with access to our SoldierSuit: 25,000 - Scholarship dollars granted to date through 2018: $500,000

External Reviews

Financials

Soldier Strong Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff and Part-Time Staff.

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