In 2015, veterans and families seemed barely a political afterthought in NYC government—meanwhile veterans were returning home to NYC from deployments abroad, and veterans home for decades feeling abandoned by a city that paid little recognition. A small group of veterans and advocates felt a clear calling to create an organization that would serve as the advocacy voice for NYC’s veterans and families.
Since then, the NYC Veterans Alliance has led change in NYC for veterans and families. In June 2015, we released Change Is Essential, a first-of-its-kind policy paper produced by more than a dozen experts—and the basis for numerous substantive policy changes in NYC government that have improved access to and delivery of services for veterans and families in recent years. In July 2015, we produced and hosted the Forum on NYC Veterans Policy, giving voice to experts and lifelong advocates on a wide range of issues that laid a foundation for our advocacy work—and for informing and involving our community in that work.
The NYC Veterans Alliance achieves community wellness and access to services for all veterans in New York City and beyond, regardless of service era or discharge status. We empower veterans, families, and civilian allies to connect as a community, advocate for improved policies, and advance as civic leaders.
We are grateful to Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist, who in October 2017 offered transformational support for the NYC Veterans Alliance, challenging additional donors to expand and strengthen NYC Veterans Alliance programs, brick by brick, in the 50 Bricks Matching Challenge. Please see the full listing of these key donors who have made a critical investment in our growth and future.