THE BATTLE TESTED VETERAN Mission

A 2016 study showed that employers see veterans as heroes, but not strategic assets. A 2014 survey found that Americans believe veterans are more likely to suffer from mental illness, more likely to commit suicide, and more likely to be unemployed.

In reality, none of those statements are true.

Over time I have realized how quickly it made me reframe many of my deep beliefs and attitudes about vets and how much more open I am to learning more about all of your situations.
— Event Attendee

Battle Tested Veterans believes in sharing stories not stereotypes.

Story telling is a proven method to create compassion, understanding and cooperation in among individuals. Our personal struggles and growth, when told in our own words, imprints our experiences on the brains and hearts of others. This causes more empathy, connection and understanding between people.

Our approach

In 2015, we hosted a pilot event to challenge the way people think about veterans. The event was attended by Bay Area executives and HR leaders and provided a platform for veterans to share their personal lessons, struggles, and most importantly, growth. Our 2016 in-person event also occurred in San Francisco at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, another nonprofit organization, on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. At the event, we featured nine stories discussing the post-military journey of veterans to help challenge common stereotypes about veterans that leads to underemployment or other forms of discriminations or microaggressions.

In 2017, we are tackling three common stereotypes:

  • Veterans are emotionally fragile, unstable, damaged people who need to be cared for
  • Veterans are heroes, but not good hires
  • Officer veterans are more valuable/better than enlisted veterans