Theory of Change

We foster the conditions for systemic change by increasing the collaborative capacity of communities so they can better meet veterans' needs and leverage their skills.

The problem

Veterans don’t come home to federal agencies. They come home to communities, and they return in various states of readiness for their transition. Some are supporting a family, some are alone. The list of services they may need is long; the list of skills and leadership they developed in the military, even longer. Navigating the landscape of transition systems and services however, can be an inefficient and frustrating process. Thanks to what many call the "civ-mil divide", all too often, good people fall through the cracks, with needs unmet, and talents untapped.

American communities are eager to reintegrate those who have served but lack the knowledge, capacity, and cultural competence to do so effectively. There’s no central organizing body to provide the information, training, or cross-sector network that would mitigate the challenges. 

The solution

The Bob Woodruff Foundation fills an important gap as an intermediary. We guide and provide the resources needed for leaders across all sectors to:

  • see themselves as stakeholders in veteran wellness
  • work to remove the barriers to serving and integrating veterans effectively
  • access tools they need to increase community capacity to serve veterans and their families
  • connect to colleagues working to solve similar conundrums across the country so they become stewards of an ecosystem committed to learning and affecting change together

In fulfilling our mission, we can create a 21st century model for veteran integration that honors America’s social contract with those who served and their families.

The result

An ever-growing, engaged, inclusive network of local communities committed to easing veteran access to services, and decreasing variability of outcomes regardless of where the service member, veteran and/or family resides.