Got Your 6 Grants $1.1 Million to Nonprofit Partners Through Macy’s Annual Fundraising Campaign

Veteran empowerment organization increases 2015 grant total by 22 percent

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2017) – Got Your 6 today announced $1.1 million in funding granted to 20 of its nonprofit Veteran Empowerment Coalition partners to support on-the-ground initiatives ensuring successful veteran reintegration and veteran empowerment in communities across the country. The funding was generated through the retailer Macy’s 2016 “American Icons” campaign and “Summer Vibes” online music festival. The grant awards, which represent a 22 percent increase of the previous year’s total, support Got Your 6’s mission of achieving widespread social change through the power of collective impact.

“With the support of amazing partners like Macy’s, and through the generosity of the American people, Got Your 6 is provided the funding we need to advance the veteran empowerment movement nationwide,” said Iraq War veteran and Got Your 6 Executive Director Bill Rausch. “As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to empower veterans to lead in their communities, and we are helping create real change in small towns and big cities across America. We’re fired up to continue our partnership with Macy’s in 2017 and highlighting their tremendous commitment to our nation’s veterans.”

Since its creation in 2012, Got Your 6 has provided $6,394,210 in grants to its veteran-focused coalition of nonprofit partners through its partnership with Macy’s. The Got Your 6 Veteran Empowerment Coalition now totals 34 nonprofit partners who serve as the campaign’s subject matter experts and work with entertainment industry partners to drive strategic objectives. Got Your 6’s coalition has the unique ability to leverage local networks to enhance the work each organization is accomplishing on the ground.

As a result of the fundraising achieved through Macy’s campaigns, Got Your 6’s nonprofit partners will put significant dollars toward their respected commitment to supporting and empowering veterans and military families. The projects funded are listed below.

American Red Cross is awarded $50,000 to support Veterans Helping to Solve America’s Biggest Disaster Threat, a project that will leverage the skills and reach of active military, veterans, and their families to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent by 2020 with a focus on military-connected communities/households.

Blue Star Families is awarded $35,000 to support Leadership Academy Online!, a webinar series for the professional and personal development of military spouses.

Community Solutions is awarded $50,000 to support Built For Zero, an on-the-ground movement helping communities to end veteran homelessness through the use of breakthrough innovation and improvement tools.

GI Film Festival is awarded $55,000 to support GI Film Festival DC, the organization’s annual flagship seven-day festival, and the GI Film Festival Virginia Beach inaugural “micro” festival.

Give An Hour is awarded $50,000 to support the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort to change the culture of mental health in America by encouraging veterans, military families, and civilians to learn and share the “Five Signs” of emotional suffering and to pay attention to their emotional well-being.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program is awarded $75,000 to support the Corporate Fellowship Program, a 12-week course that provides 75 active duty service members — with six months remaining in the military — with education training, networking opportunities, and on-the-job training while expanding corporate America’s understanding of the veteran job market and preparing transitioning service members for smooth transitions into civilian careers.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is awarded $25,000 to support TXServes – Dallas, an expansion of AmericaServes, a community-based initiative that connects veterans, service members, and military families to the social services they need and tracks the process from start to finish, ensuring easier access to care and resources.

Justice For Vets is awarded $120,886.84 to support Veteran Mentor Boot Camps, a course that trains veteran mentors to work alongside the growing number of participants in Veterans Treatment Courts.

Military Child Education Coalition is awarded $30,000 to support the Supporting Veterans’ Children Through Transitions (SVCTT) and associated webinars, a course that enables educators and parents, as well as other youth-serving professionals and paraprofessionals, to support the unique transition issues children face when their parents separate from the military.

Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) is awarded $33,465 to support the Focus Forward Fellowship, a four-day residential learning experience followed by an online learning community for women student veterans pursuing degrees at four-year institutions of higher learning.

Pat Tillman Foundation is awarded $70,254.16 to support the Regional Foundation Captain (RFC) Program, a network of dedicated and resourced Tillman Scholar ambassadors, and Scholar Professional Development Opportunities (SPDO), a fund to enable Tillman Scholars to apply for stipends to offset the costs of professional trainings, conferences, and other opportunities.

Points of Light is awarded $50,400 to support the Military Initiatives and Frontline Families Program, which develop veterans’ volunteer leadership skills and directly engage them in their local community to solve challenges.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is awarded $50,000 to support the National Military Mentor Program, which increases the health and wellness of surviving military children grieving loss of a loved one who served in the armed forces.

Teach For America is awarded $50,000 to support the Military Veterans Initiative, which puts the leadership power and skills of veterans to work in our nation’s highest-need classrooms.

Team Red, White & Blue is awarded $44,000 to support the Eagle Leadership Development Program, which allows veterans to refine leadership skills through experience, education, and mentorship.

Team Rubicon is awarded $55,000 to support the intranet build out necessary to ensure an enhanced experience for its 300 City Initiative volunteer base, who respond to natural disasters across the country.

The 6th Branch is awarded $50,000 to support Neighborscape, a program that transforms unmanaged, vacant, and otherwise hazardous areas into community assets in Baltimore’s Eastern District.

Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) is awarded $77,250 to support Character Does Matter, a program to train veterans as youth mentors to teach character, leadership, and service to young adults in their communities.

Veterans in Film & Television (VFT) is awarded $90,000 to support the Empowering, Educating, and Promoting Military Veterans in Film and Television Careers program.

Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) is awarded $60,000 to support the 2017 WSP Summer Program, academic boot camps held across the country focused on building academic skills for transitioning enlisted service members and veterans.

About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit


Mark Szymanski
Got Your 6