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El Paso County Democratic Veterans Initiative

Veterans Helping Veterans

aka El Paso County Colorado Progressive Veterans

Monument, CO

Mission

Veterans helping Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families through active support and a robust website. Additionally, we stay in contact with Congressional representatives, Senators and the VA so that we can lobby in their behalf.

Ruling Year

2019

Chair

Mr. Kent Edward Jarnig

Main Address

3665 Summertime Ct Suite 400

Monument, CO 80132 USA

Formerly Known As

El Paso County Democratic Veterans Initiative

Keywords

Veterans, Military, Democrats, Progressives, VA, Health Care, VA Disability

EIN

83-2792056

 Number

2214943908

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We currently have 801 members and average over 1000 visits to our website monthly. Additionally, we help Veterans in crises via phone and email several times a week. We list all of the Congressional Veteran and VA bills that are pending, so that anyone can comment on these and we then contact the appropriate Congressional of VA office to advocate for or against these bills and policies. Our organization believes that Democratic candidates and elected officials can best meet the needs of Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families and consequently endorse both the Democratic party and Democratic candidates.

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Our programs

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Veteran Services

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of website pageviews

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We are getting over 1000 visits per month in 2020 and our Chair checks the Google Analytics daily for page visits and duration.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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

Ensuring that all Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families are supported and cared for. El Paso County, Colorado, is one of the top 5 counties in the US for Veteran and military concentration. We bring all of the other organizations together, so that there is one spot to view all services.

We are reaching out to Veterans, Active Military and their families via TV, digital, direct mail, events and print media, that we are here for them. We are currently (2020) being supported for these more aggressive communication options through a major donor in Denver, Colorado. He donated $5000 in January to allow us to test several ideas during the Presidential ballots and the caucuses. Once the results are analyzed, we will be presenting this to him with a specific proposal to increase Democratic voter turnout in the 2020 elections in El Paso County, Colorado and have a preliminary agreement for him to support these efforts. Our efforts to help Veterans, active duty military and their families is a function of increasing membership (i.e. a voting block when talking the Congress or the VA). We have increased membership by 642% over the last 6 months and would easily be over 100% but for the Coronavirus. Our goal is to be over 2000 by the November election. Although our communication ads help, it is basically events that drive membership.

The Chair's background is in marketing. He is using this experience to increase the group's profile, negotiate free and deeply discounted media buys and using the expertise of a Grammy and two time Emmy winning graphic artist (working pro bono) to insure our communications are visually dominant.

Veteran contacts, website visits and membership growth. In the last two months we have grown 641%, to 801 members, and expect to reach 2000 by the end of this year. Additionally, our parallel goal of increasing Democratic turnout is data driven, or based upon historical data and analysis.

In 16 months, we have grown from zero to 801 members, launched our website (updated daily), were included in two publications with very low cost communication ads and have participated in dozens of events. Our website is receiving over 1000 visits per month and our Chair is being identified by both the state and county Democratic party and local media, where he is often asked to submit opinions or be interviewed. Additionally, he is often called to voice opinions on Veteran issues for the Colorado Legislature. Our communication testing has shown us where we should be investing our dollars relative to increasing membership and getting out the Democratic vote here in El Paso County, Colorado.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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