TKI Launches Veterans Initiative

December 22, 2014


Julie Thompson Dobkin


“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
– George Washington

Today, we are proud to announce the beginning of a twelve-month initiative dedicated towards veterans affairs in the United States.  Alongside our Hidden Truths Project, we will be exploring the static system and the dynamic individuals so key towards our nation’s trajectory in the world.  TKI’s Veterans Initiative exemplifies the interdisciplinary, relevant issues that form the basis of our organization.

Over the coming twelve months, the Kant Institute website will feature a series of essays authored by those inside and outside the veterans community.  The underlying theme of these diverse essays is the interaction between the civilian community and the military one.  Although the essays are limited to 1,000 words, no other requirements exist.  We hope that you will choose to take part and submit your essay.

At its core, the civilian-military gap in our country is a crisis of communications.  This crisis is often times most noticeable when it’s at its worst.  Instances of veterans not being able to reintegrate into society, particularly when combined with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries, create a harmful environment difficult for many to escape.

“Only about one half of one percent of the U.S. population has been on active military duty at any given time during the past decade of sustained warfare. Some 84% of post-9/11 veterans say the public does not understand the problems faced by those in the military or their families. The public agrees…”
– Pew Research Center

With this fact in mind, TKI and HTP wanted to ensure that individual empathy could be created through this project, in addition to the first steps towards a systematic solution.  For that, we have expanded the purview of HTP to include the field of veterans affairs.  We hope that individuals explaining their story with art can help generate discussion, bridge gaps, and generate base levels of understanding.   Veterans are encouraged to submit their story and artwork for inclusion.

In November of 2015, at the end of the first twelve months of our initiative, we will be holding an event in the nation’s capital to bring this work to the eyes and ears that can make a difference on a grand scale. Selections of artwork and essays from the previous months will be showcased alongside the release of a book doing the same.  A portion of the event’s proceeds will be dedicated towards a 501(c)(3) organization working towards veterans care.

As with much of our work here, our team at TKI wants to take an innovative and inclusive approach towards the Veterans Initiative.  We will be working with leading organizations in the research, advocacy, and legislative fields in an effort to ensure the proper breadth and depth of knowledge in the hopes of creating better solutions for all veterans.

Photo Credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs

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