Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Military Benefit Foundation

Stabilizing Military Veterans and Their Families

aka MBF

HAYMARKET, VA

Mission

Military Benefit Foundation (MBF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we are honored to assist military families in the following ways: Veteran Suicide Prevention Assistance for Family Victims of Veteran Suicides Veteran Employment Assistance Over the next three years, we will help 600 veterans and families because of YOUR support and generosity. We welcome you to join us on this mission to serve those who have served us.

Notes from the Nonprofit

I am operating the foundation on my own and will be fundraising for organizations that provide hands-on assistance to military veterans in three tracks: 1. Veteran suicide prevention 2. Assistance to family victims of veteran suicide 3. Veteran employment assistance In addition to partnering with those veteran service organizations (VSO), I work within the military community to identify veterans and families that need assistance. I then connect those families to an appropriate VSO that can provide that support. I filed the 2019 990 through Legal Zoom, but had less than $50K in revenue.

Ruling Year

2017

President

Roy Leonard Gibson III

Main Address

13641 PIEDMONT VISTA DR

HAYMARKET, VA 20169 USA

Keywords

outreach, fundraising, suicide prevention, PTSD, TBI, post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, family assistance, veteran employment

EIN

81-5094367

 Number

5374321760

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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What we aim to solve

Military Benefit Foundation (MBF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we are honored to assist military families in the following ways: Stop Veteran Suicide Assist with Family Victims After an Event Help Veterans Find Meaningful Employment The number of military suicides PER DAY has been estimated at 22 (one every 65 minutes). In the United States, an average of 123 people commit suicide each day. That means that 16% of all suicides in the United States are committed by military veterans. The significance of that data is that only 7% of the American population are veterans. The statistics bear out that veterans commit suicide at a rate of more than twice that of the rest of the population. By age group, 31% of suicides are committed by veterans aged 49 and under, while 69% were aged 50 and older. The problem is not related to a single conflict or generation.

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Military Benefit Foundation raises funds to accomplish the following goals: Stop Veteran Suicide Assist with Family Victims After an Event Help Veterans Find Meaningful Employment We are also hoping to grow the organization into a high revenue nonprofit, respected within the nonprofit community.

Current campaign is focused on National Guard families. More than 44,000 members of the United States National Guard are deployed. They, like many Americans, are experiencing financial distress, healthcare challenges and other situations that have the potential to exacerbate conditions such as pre-existing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But, unlike many of us, they are coping with these challenges while being separated from their own loved ones. The role of Military Benefit Foundation (MBF) has never been more important than it is today.

The Founder and President is Roy L. Gibson (me), a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF). After retiring from the USAF I spent 10 years in investigations management position with two large defense contractors. In 2005, I was named President of Military Benefit Association (MBA), a large military nonprofit. I served 10 years with MBA before retiring in 2015. I ran a consulting company for several years after MBA and decided to start MBF in order to continue to serve the military in my retirement. Please see my LinkedIn profile, I am a Certified Nonprofit Executive (CNE) with the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) with a lifetime membership in the organization. I am supported by an unbelievable store of online nonprofit management resources provided by NANOE. I am also a Master of Business Administration with a degree from United States International University - Europe.

Donations, of course, is the initial sign of success. I believe that progress will also be seen in how those donations are used. As mentioned earlier, MBF is connected with many VSO's that have both received referrals and contributions from MBF. In return, MBF will continue to build a reputation for making a difference for many military families on very deep impact issues, i.e. suicide, family assistance, joblessness, which, by the way, can be a catalyst to suicide.

MBF has become very well known to the local military-oriented nonprofit community. MBF is also known to many of the larger VSO's, e.g. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Mighty Oaks, Military Child Education Coalition. MBF is working closely with the National Guard to identify and support NG families in need. There is clearly a large following of veterans and military organizations on Facebook. In addition, MBF is uniquely positioned in the military nonprofit space. In our chosen profession, members of the military are taught to "suck it up," get back to work and take care of our problems. Most military members would agree that there is a stigma associated with self identifying mental or emotional problems within the system. There will likely be unwanted consequences, such as inability to carry a weapon, loss of security clearance, promotion issues and possibly the inability to continue to serve. The DOD and VA have many programs to identify and treat those who do report to them, but many choose to internalize for the reasons noted above. MBF works both ends of the equation. To the military, we represent a discreet conduit to an appropriate VSO that will assist - outside the system. Many PTSD victims take leave to attend a retreat rather than self identify within the system. I am highly motivated and work from home, except when attending military conferences. When the COVID problem is solved, I will be back out networking and telling members about how we can help. MBF began operating in August 2019, so I feel like I'm off to a great start.

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National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) 2019

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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No

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

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