I operate a nonprofit organization for military veterans raising awareness for PTSD, TBI and suicide.
A day of running Heroes Sports is very hectic. From answering phone calls, to sending the emails, to going to meetings to raise awareness for military veterans physical and mental disability needs can consume your day. The rewarding part is knowing that you may be saving a life of someone who is struggling or thinking about committing suicide. Some of the many things that are done are counseling, visiting hospitals and scheduling events to keep these veterans active in the community.
School cannot prepare you to deal with the struggles of what veterans are going through after 14 years of war. The struggle is daily, finding ways to keep them active can also be difficult and having them plug-in to a program that fits their needs can also be difficult. Motivation and preparation are two of the biggest things that are needed to maintain this organization.
Here's the first step for college students
It's important to have a basic knowledge of how businesses operate and are formed, as well as forming a business plan and organizational structure. Also important, is having served in the military to know how veterans function and operate.
"No way you can start up a nonprofit for military veterans and make it successful. There's already too many of them."
The struggle is real, but the reward is great!
I have never operated my own business or nonprofit organization, only working for the military and other business owners. Starting up your own organization is difficult and requires a lot of volunteers.