DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT U.S.VETS

Racial injustice is not a new issue. Systemic racism has plagued these United States, its military, healthcare, equal housing, and treatment.

 

Minority veterans have a 44% higher risk of unemployment than non-minority veterans. And 17.3% of veterans of color report having experienced homelessness in their adult life, compared to 8.3% of white veterans.

 

As a society, we can no longer say we stand with our vets, without standing against the social inequities they face. U.S.VETS is working to address these issues head on…

 

With multiple sources of corporate and foundation funding dedicated to improving career access and employment opportunities for Black and other minority veterans, U.S.VETS will…

WORK TO REDUCE EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS:
Support 40+ veterans in achieving employment and increase socioeconomic mobility by eliminating barriers and encourage networking opportunities and community connections.

 

TRAIN:
Conversations and trainings for U.S.VETS staff and partners to best support the advancement of equity for Black and other minority populations, particularly those who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk.

 

GIVE DIRECT ASSISTANCE:
Provide support for veterans to pursue career training, licensure, certification, educational opportunities, equipment, and other necessary resources, as well as assistance for Black and other minority veterans to pursue career training that supports long-term career advancement and resources that eliminate barriers to socioeconomic mobility.

Understand and Address Microaggressions

Have you ever had microaggressions against your identity?

 

Microaggressions are nonverbal slights, insults, or demeaning behaviors that target individuals from traditionally marginalized groups. These are forms of racism and bias, which are harmful. Matters such as these must be addressed, so people with disabilities, minorities, women, LGBTQIA are no longer recipients of these biases. 

 

Microaggressions may fly under the radar for those of us who don’t directly experience them, but they are a clear form of exclusion and discrimination—and they are more widespread than you may think.

 

The effects of microaggressions are real.  They impact how people work, live, and move around society. These biases are forms of assaults, insults, invalidations, indignities, put-downs and even allegations. They must stop.

 

No matter the generations from which you come or the zip code in which you were raised, we must create transparency, remedy policies, build processes, and standardized performance.  Learning from one another will be critical. We have so much to learn from one another.

 

 

References

Kantola. (2021). Understand and address microaggressions in the workplace.  https://www.kantola.com/Understand-and-Address-Microaggressions-in-the-Workplace-CT-428.aspx

Ramsey, F. (2015). What if White people had to deal with microaggressions? https://everydayfeminism.com/2015/08/white-people-microaggressions/

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