Serving those who risk their life in public service
The burden on our high-risk public servants is increasing. Those military, paramilitary and first responder/law enforcement servicemen and women who are exposed to lethal and extreme environments are facing unique challenges. For instance, the war that has been waged since 2001 is now the nation’s longest, and hundreds of thousands of American men and women have served in this war on our behalf. The burden for this service has not been shared equally, and the costs of this war will be felt for decades and generations to come.
For a range of reasons, the casualties of this war are different than previous wars. Survivability has improved, but life-altering injuries are more pervasive and also more difficult to diagnose and treat. The repeated exposure to survivable explosive detonations has made traumatic brain injury the defining ailment of this war. There is also the challenge faced by a larger-than-expected number of men and women who suffer the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress, and those who wrestle with the decision of whether to end their own lives.
While there has been an impressive increase in public and private funding and efforts to address these issues, there is much more to be done. The proliferation of non-profit and charitable organizations looking to serve this community has been significant, but these efforts are often lacking coordination and gaps remain. The strategic and flexible nature of R2 will make it a powerful new catalyst to accelerate new therapies and treatments for this community and differentiate R2 as an alternative for those looking to invest in new solutions.
Our high-risk public servants (veterans, paramilitary, first responders, etc.) are accepting greater burden and risk in service to their country and communities
To date, there has been no holistic approach to the high-risk public service community, and the majority of attention remains focused on the military.
This market is fragmented and poorly coordinated with over 38,000 entities. Donors find this landscape chaotic, redundant, and often inefficient. Despite the 15% annual growth of post-9/11 organizations, veteran-based philanthropy remains modest at $3.6B (<1% of total American philanthropic giving).
The dominant approach is to treat this community as victims in need of assistance, rather than national assets with highly valuable experience and knowledge