- - Friday, November 20, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are over 21 million veterans currently living in the U.S.

Over 52,000 of them suffered physical injuries during military conflict and many now live with physical impairments, live in pain, or live with daily mental reminders of their horrific experiences.

Over 400,000 of them are estimated to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, most of which are not receiving adequate treatment for this debilitating condition.

And over 320,000 of them are estimated to have experienced traumatic brain injuries while deployed, oftentimes now needing long-term rehabilitation to maximize their brain function and independence.

As lapses in support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continue to plague these veterans, the presence of nonprofit organizations has been increasing and aiding veterans in the meeting of their immediate and long-term needs.

In fact, since the turn of the century, veteran nonprofit organizations have been growing at extraordinary rates, and it is estimated that over 46,000 nonprofit organizations are directly dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in the U.S.

The growth of these organizations has outpaced all other types of public charities in the last 15 years.

With a 77 percent increase since 2001, veteran nonprofits came close to doubling the growth of other charity organizations in general, which experienced a growth of about 41 percent during that time.

Furthermore, from 2008 to 2013, the growth of veteran nonprofit organizations more than doubled public charities in general, growing 43 percent compared to the only 19 percent growth of all public charities.

And on top of greater amounts of growth, these organizations have also been able to bring in higher revenues than public charities at large.

In 2013, public charities created since 2000 had their revenues go up 15 percent, while veteran nonprofits created during that time more than tripled that number, with revenues up 48 percent that year.

This surge in revenue coupled with a growing number of veteran nonprofit organizations has allowed the nonprofit sector to increase the amount of programs and services they provide to veterans and their families, making up for a part of the gap left by inefficient government support.

By looking at these facts, it is quite evident that American citizens have held U.S. veterans in the highest of regards since the start of the 21st century.

May God bless those who have put their lives on the line serving and protecting U.S. citizens everywhere, and may God bless the United States of America.

Madison Gesiotto is a staff editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. The author’s views are her own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

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