Abstract Title

Exploring a social entrepreneurship based-solution to address the unmet needs of Veterans

Author Information

Scott J. EdwardsFollow

Authors' Class Standing

Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Scott Edwards

Faculty Mentor Name

Shirley Fedorovich

Abstract

Exploring a social entrepreneurship based-solution to address the unmet needs of Veterans

Since 9/11 American military personnel have been subjected to an unprecedented period of sustained conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a recent national Pew Research Center Study survey of 1,873 veterans, almost 50% experienced strains in family relations,or adjustment to civilian life after the military. Combat veterans have had emotionally traumatic experiences during their service: 84% say the public does not understand the problems they face.

This research will determine the feasibility of establishing a non-profit organization dedicated to charitably enhance the lives of veterans, through the emerging increasingly accepted application of animal-assisted therapy.

Developing a working business plan to provide this service for veterans, and fostering community partnerships to create sustainability for long-term viability is the ultimate goal. Taking an independent study course along with other entrepreneurial focused classes is providing research towards this end.

Location

Flight Deck

Start Date

9-4-2014 10:00 AM

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Exploring a social entrepreneurship based-solution to address the unmet needs of Veterans

Flight Deck

Exploring a social entrepreneurship based-solution to address the unmet needs of Veterans

Since 9/11 American military personnel have been subjected to an unprecedented period of sustained conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a recent national Pew Research Center Study survey of 1,873 veterans, almost 50% experienced strains in family relations,or adjustment to civilian life after the military. Combat veterans have had emotionally traumatic experiences during their service: 84% say the public does not understand the problems they face.

This research will determine the feasibility of establishing a non-profit organization dedicated to charitably enhance the lives of veterans, through the emerging increasingly accepted application of animal-assisted therapy.

Developing a working business plan to provide this service for veterans, and fostering community partnerships to create sustainability for long-term viability is the ultimate goal. Taking an independent study course along with other entrepreneurial focused classes is providing research towards this end.