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Veteran Service Corps

Promise, SD

Mission

Veteran Service Corps engages veterans, out of our shared oath of service to our country, to improve our communities and protect constitutional rights.

Ruling Year

2017

President

Christopher Duesing

Main Address

27292 Promise Rd

Promise, SD 57601 USA

Keywords

Community Empowerment, Veteran Service, PTSD healing, Service, Healing, Human RIghts, Civil Rights

EIN

82-1130699

 Number

3947649752

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Veteran Service Corps is engaged in building towards an equitable world through maximizing the training, education, experience, and talents of the veteran community. VSC volunteers facilitate sustainable solutions that improve our communities, provide the infrastructure necessary to address complex systemic problems, and to build capacity in others through camaraderie, teamwork, and service.

Our programs

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

VSC's goals are to combat the systemic issues that are responsible for communities that are under served. we are looking to launch a number of different community and economic development programming. To include, but not limited to, Environmental Sustainability and Youth Development Initiatives that Improve the Lives and Communities of Veterans and our current partners.

The strategies for combating systemic issues are job training and industry creation. We also create youth programs of cultural exchange, sports leagues, and youth centers to give at risk kids different choices. These strategies are used to build community support and engagement, we are working the Elders, Parents, and Children to create a feeling of hope for the future and the ability to live in the present. We are using the natural resources of the communities to create a platform of education and empowerment for the community as a whole with the aim towards defeating the systemic issues faced by under served communities. We have a national operation and training center in Promise, SD that acts as our proving ground for all of the programs that we looking to bring to other communities around the US. We utilize the military training and skillset of veterans to continue to serve the people that we swore oaths to in our past. Through these shared oaths we come together as a groups to lift up those around us.

There are over 21.8 Million US veterans currently alive in the United States. We have put out the call this past year to veterans to help step up and help their fellow citizens in under served communities and we have done that. We have contributed over $2,500,000 worth of in-kind man hours to build youth shelters, to purse social justice issues within communities, to help combat veteran homelessness and food shortage. We have this ability to tap into a LARGE network of trained and talented people who wish to continue to honor their oaths of service. Our current list of volunteers is well over 3,000 active members from all over the US. We also have a team that begins building the relationships with the relevant stakeholders before on of our groups sets foot on the ground so that we have the support and buy in from the community.

There are many impact indicators that we look at. Currently some of the things we can measure are Economic Improvement Indicators such as new money coming into the community and how it is being spent. What was the Youth Suicide Rate before we started our programs of community engagement and outreach, what was it after or ongoing. We can use Education Data from the job training and STEM programs for the youth. Some of the long term measurable will be the improvement of healthy birthrates as well as the Environmental Quality of the community we are in service too. If we see smiles on the faces of the population, to include the youth, the adults, parents, and grandparents, then the Happiness Index is tangible.

The sky is the limit. With our current partners and the programs we have run we have seen some great impact indicators. We are partnered with a Native population in SD and for the last year we have run a number of programs. We build provided the manpower to help build a youth center. We cleaned up and laid headstones on veterans graves all over the reservation. We started a youth sports league over the summer, giving the children hope of something brighter. VSC also helped out the with clearing burnt out lots of destroyed housing in order for the tribe to being in new housing. We have been part of the community for over a year and as a reward for the work that we are doing the tribe has given us a 29 acre ranch, that has significant historical and cultural value to the tribe, to steward. We turned this into our National Headquarters and Training Center, it is the proving ground for ALL future programs. The future is unwritten and we are looking forward to growing our regional and local chapters so that veterans can help to empower their local communities.

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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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

Yes