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15,000 VETERANS LEAVE THE MILITARY ANNUALLY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

2/3 of today’s veterans reported difficulties:

  • Adjusting to civilian life

  • Accessing benefits

  • Receiving care

Many leave the service without:

  • A job (8 in 10)

  • Permanent housing

  • Addressing physical and Psychological health issues

1 in 10 contemplate suicide

Through the combined experience of our team of veterans and industry professionals, the Carry On! Alliance is building a holistically designed, collaboratively operated residential campus. This campus, targeted for construction in Southern California, will embody a transitional culture, utilizing the best available career and personal development resources in order to guide a COA veteran through a comprehensive transition into his or her desired field.

The vision of the Carry On! Alliance is to create a community for veterans in need of transitional housing, vocational training, education, and employment placement. Carry On! Alliance collaborates with participants to develop a path toward a meaningful career and personal success after military service.

At our residential campus, the Carry On! Alliance team works individually with veterans to address immediate needs and establish long term goals. The Carry On! Alliance and its trusted partners work with the veteran to uncover strengths and interests, resulting in a comprehensive plan that creates opportunities for a purposeful career and a successful future.

*Supporting research conducted by the USC School of Social Work, The State of the American Veteran: The Los Angeles County Veterans Study


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ANSWERING THE CALL

ACCELERATING CHANGE BY ACTIVATING THE COMMUNITY

A RESIDENTIAL VETERAN COMMUNITY OF COORDINATED COLLABORATION THROUGH AN ALLIANCE OF ORGANIZATIONS WITH COMMONLY LINKED MISSIONS

ACADEMIA

CORPORATE

POLICY MAKERS

SOCIAL SERVICES

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

CHARITABLE FOUNDATIONS AND TRUSTS

The mission of the Carry On! Alliance is to create affordable housing opportunities for veterans in transition, on a scaled basis.  Remarkably, affordable housing opportunities for veterans does not exist on a large scale for those who are not chronically homeless or severely injured.   The failure over many decades to deliver affordable housing to veterans on a national basis, and the failure to develop a financing scheme required to develop such housing, has presented a massive problem, and has exposed the enormity of the need, as the nation transitions 250,000 veterans annually, resulting from the ongoing war on terror and other military actions.  To address this massive undertaking will require “big concept thinking.”    As a nation, we need to devote the same level of energy and commitment to developing affordable housing financing programs and communities for our veterans as we have for our low income citizens.

We at Carry On! Alliance believe that “ moonshot thinking" is required to address the enormity of this problem. Moonshot thinking challenges the individual to think on a strategic basis, and without preordained limits.   In order to achieve success, the solution team must let go of any notion to settle for  incremental improvement.  Instead, the mission must create and maintain an environment of big concept thinking — and recruit others to the cause —— in order to deliver a solution that can measured in multiples, and be duplicated, with long-term, generational impact.

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

— President John F. Kennedy
September 12, 1962
Rice University, Houston, Texas