The Transition Challenge
OVER HALF (51%) of post-9/11 combat veterans experience difficulty coping with the transition from active duty to civilian life. After returning from the high stress, high adrenaline environment of combat, many of our veterans struggle to adjust life beyond the battlefield and continue to fight silent battles that are often invisible to their civilian neighbors.
The Perception Challenge
Today's military veterans face social stigma and a growing disconnect between the military and civilian communities. Images of the ‘broken soldier ’ – disabled and/or wheelchair-bound former soldiers – dominate public perceptions of veterans.
We Are Vetscape
Many of the transitional challenges today's veterans face are inadequately addressed, with no government solution on the horizon. We recognize that–at the most basic level–these challenges are often rooted in: 1) the abrupt isolation from a close-knit team, 2) a loss of mission or purpose after leaving the military, and 3) the persistent stigma attached to veterans dealing with disabilities and/or mental health issues.
In 2016, Vetscape's founders witnessed first hand the transformational impact that involvement in action sports and the outdoor/extreme sports community could have on at-risk veterans, and sought out a means to spread the word. Vetscape was founded with a simple vision: to help as many veterans as possible find their next mission in life by empowering them to adopt an active, adventure-driven lifestyle.
Today, Vetscape is an action sports-based community for military veterans. We provide opportunities and support for teams of veterans to participate in a variety of sporting events throughout the year. Team members benefit from mentorship by our elite veteran athletes as well as peer support from other participants. These team environments encourage at-risk veterans to set and achieve new goals, while fostering a positive growth mindset that empowers them to push themselves far beyond any perceived limitations. Their inspiring journeys are a testament to the extraordinary healing power of community, nature, self-determination, and a fit and active lifestyle. In the coming year, Vetscape will be sharing these incredible journeys with YOU, because we believe it's time our nation's heroes be celebrated for their strengths, rather than defined by their disabilities.
Team Vetscape brings together military veterans to participate in extreme sports and endurance challenges. For returning combat veterans struggling with issues like post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), this team structure can ignite positive change by recreating the training regimen, sense of mission, and camaraderie formerly provided by the military. Our programs offer therapeutic alternatives to destructive high-risk activities––such as drugs, alcohol abuse, and violence––as well as a social and support community for at-risk veterans. Team Vetscape members develop new athletic skills, a positive mindset, renewed purpose, and new teammates for life.
Our online media house, Vetscape Media, documents the journeys of Team Vetscape athletes. We produce and promote short videos that showcase veterans overcoming extreme physical and mental challenges. These videos provide a platform for veterans to share their personal stories with other veterans, as well as with the civilians they risked their lives for. By distributing our media content across social media, Vetscape aims to inspire at-risk veterans across the nation to take the first step towards an active, healthy lifestyle, and to redefine the public’s perception of veterans from one of stigma to one of strength.
How We Help
Empower veterans coping with transitional difficulties to set and reach new goals through participation in extreme and/or endurance challenges – establishing a healthy pattern for the rest of their lives; develop and sponsor a team of elite veteran athletes.
Engage at-risk veterans with veteran athletes/mentors who have overcome disabilities through sports and fitness; create a social and support community for vets by bringing together otherwise disconnected veterans on team challenges.
Document and share veterans’ personal stories, training, extreme physical feats, and positive transformations, to showcase veterans' strengths and dispel the ‘broken warrior’ stereotype.
Leverage the power of social media to inspire returning combat veterans across the country who may be struggling with PTS or TBI, to take the first step towards self-healing and an active lifestyle.
REBRANDING THE VETERAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH ACTION SPORTS
Vetscape recruits and trains veteran athletes to participate in some of the most extreme sporting events across the country and world, including kiteboarding, skydiving, surfing, paddleboard racing, BASE jumping, extreme and survivalist expeditions, and endurance races like the World’s Toughest Mudder.
Our Team Captains
We understand the veteran experience, because we have lived the journey. After many years of struggling to adjust to civilian life following combat service, we realized that everything we were missing in our lives––the things with which the military had formerly provided us––fell into two categories: TEAMWORK and PURPOSE. We didn’t find it. So we built it.
Army, Special Forces, Medic
Marine Corps, Captain, Retired
Make a Donation
Vetscape is a 501(c)3 non-profit. With more resources we can make a bigger impact. You can make the difference. Your generosity will benefit returning veterans who face mental, physical, and/or emotional hardships as a result of their service. Donated funds will enable us to provide support for Team Vetscape members as they continue their transition from military warriors to warrior athletes.
Want to fundraise for us? It's super easy! Use our online fundraising platform to create your own personalized fundraising campaign to benefit Vetscape. Help us elevate awareness of our mission while rallying support for America’s veterans.
Partner with Us
Corporate sponsorships can help us reach a greater number of veterans. By partnering with Vetscape, you are investing in the wellbeing of our nation’s veterans, ensuring that veterans are supported, motivated, inspired, and empowered to adopt an active lifestyle and positive mindset for the rest of their lives.
For more information about our sponsorship packages, please download our sponsorship kit below, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss custom sponsorship opportunities.
In the News
TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - For many veterans, one of the toughest obstacles they face isn't in any war zone, it's what happens when they return home from service and try to readjust to civilian life. This weekend, Vetscape brought together a group of veterans from across the country to Tybee Island, taking on the waves in their latest mission, kiteboarding. Read More
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