Flanders Fields Ltd

Veterans Supporting Veterans

Cumming, GA   |  flandersfields.org

Mission

Mission Statement Flanders Fields’ mission is to ensure that each and every Military Veteran has a helping hand when they need one. This mission extends to all US Veterans and their families, to include our foreign allies who served our Nation. We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Non-Profit. About This Cause For Some, The Fight Continues Flanders Fields is on a mission to make sure no veteran is ever denied a bed, addiction treatment placement or support because of inadequate financial resources. Many veterans experience delays of days to months waiting for the Veterans Administration to fully cover needed services, often to their detriment. There is always the possibility the services won’t be covered at all. In cases of opioid addiction, such delays can be deadly.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Ben Owen

Main address

745 Atlanta Hwy STE 108

Cumming, GA 30040 USA

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EIN

86-2812024

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Flanders Fields’ mission is to ensure that each and every Military Veteran has a helping hand when they need one. This mission extends to all US Veterans and their families, to include our foreign allies who served our Nation.

Our programs

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

US Veteran Effort

Friends, we humbly request your assistance. Today we have the opportunity to show one of our vulnerable veterans that his country still cares about him - that his sacrifice is not overlooked. As we all too often find our service members after they conclude their duty, this individual is on the streets, subsisting only on the generosity random strangers can give to a handwritten sign on torn cardboard.

We see this sad story playing out at busy intersections across our nation, and wonder how so many can fall into such a sad state. It's a common enough story across 20 years' worth of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The harrowing experience and day to day intensity leave scars unseen. And all too often proper care and guidance are at the other end of a long wait list.

What else should we expect from those we've taught to be proud and to improvise, adapt, and overcome? For many, the idea of seeking help is a vulnerability you never let the enemy see.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Homeless people
Substance abusers
Military personnel
Orphans

Fellow American Citizens and Patriots, we are calling on you for reinforcements. FlandersFields.org, one organization among many others, is struggling diligently to fulfill broken promises to our Afghani allies. These men, women, and children were promised safe passage and asylum because of their service to troops just like me. These people were completely abandoned to be hunted down by a vicious and vindictive new regime. Now it is down to us, as true Patriots and champions for justice, to save these people that fought side by side with us for 20 years. These are men, and their families, who I personally fought next to, fighting the Taliban regime, on a daily basis. These are lawyers, engineers, professors, doctors, former special forces soldiers, high ranking military officials, and they need our help. These are children who just want to play soccer outside for the first time in their lives. These are an amazing people that I would be proud to call neighbor and that’s why we need you

Population(s) Served
Refugees and displaced people
Women and girls
Orphans
Military personnel
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Resource Directory 2021

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Flanders Fields is on a mission to make sure no veteran is ever denied a bed, addiction treatment placement or support because of inadequate financial resources. Many veterans experience delays of days to months waiting for the Veterans Administration to fully cover needed services, often to their detriment. There is always the possibility the services won’t be covered at all. In cases of opioid addiction, such delays can be deadly. The nature of addiction often leads opioid dependent veterans to seek street alternatives and the prevalence of fentanyl is so dire that a delay of just a few hours in getting into a treatment facility can result in another needless death. Many more of our brother and sister veterans are lost to addiction, either directly by overdose or indirectly by suicide, than are lost in combat. It is our relentless mission to help every veteran in need that we can.

After veterans complete their service obligations, they are often faced with significant challenges adjusting to civilian life. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, lingering effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries, substance abuse, opiate addiction, suicide ideation and homelessness occur far too often. These conditions are often under, or ill-treated, by VA providers. We stand ready to let the veteran know that they are not alone and we will be there to support them.

Every service member understands that there is no "I" in team. As a veteran, your role in the community is an extension of service. Utilizing the power of coming together, we can help support and inspire an entire community.

Camaraderie is a hallmark characteristic of the military experience. As service members and veterans, we work together to accomplish the mission, helping and depending on each other along the way – one mission one focus, one team. Our Flanders Fields group support is no different.

Our work currently involves utilizing the skillsets of volunteers to implement several programs:

A network of former military personnel and civilian supporters that volunteer to assist Veterans with various life skills in order to increase self-sufficiency. Our team leverages our partners, resources and connections to assist servicemembers and Veterans in nine major areas:

• Crisis intervention
• Suicide and mental health advocacy
• Access to sustainable housing
• Navigating drug courts and the judicial system
• Acquiring higher education and technical certifications
• Workforce development, resume building and job placement
• Peer-to-Peer coaching in various areas
• Clinical counseling
• Addiction treatment facility placement
o And many other issues

As an organization, we work with the Veterans Administration to expedite GI Bill benefits, pursuing disability claims when applicable and negotiating with bill collectors to postpone payments or even get their accounts temporarily frozen.

These services are essential to provide for those servicemembers and Veterans who do not meet the criteria for other support programs, such as those for individuals with combat experience.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Flanders Fields is on a mission to make sure no veteran is ever denied a bed, addiction treatment placement or support because of inadequate financial resources. Many veterans experience delays of days to months waiting for the Veterans Administration to fully cover needed services, often to their detriment. There is always the possibility the services won’t be covered at all. In cases of opioid addiction, such delays can be deadly. The nature of addiction often leads opioid dependent veterans to seek street alternatives and the prevalence of fentanyl is so dire that a delay of just a few hours in getting into a treatment facility can result in another needless death.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Flanders Fields is a group of Army and Marine veterans on a mission to help other veterans in any way possible. As veterans, we understand the true problems and situations our soldiers deal with when coming home. Veterans are often faced with great challenges after service, including PTSD, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), alcoholism, overmedication, homelessness, and opiate addiction.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Significantly enhanced operational capabilities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Flanders Fields Ltd

Board of directors
as of 4/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ben Owen

BlackRifle Co

Robert Coleman

Kara Lawrence

Tyler Ledford

Brian Cork

Ben Owen

Board leadership practices

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

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/07/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.