Got Your 6 is a nonprofit campaign that unites veteran-focused nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners. We believe that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. See how you can Take Action with Got Your 6!

Join Us

Join the Got Your 6 community online and help spread the movement. Connect with veterans, civilians, and other Got Your 6 supporters through social media. This is a great way to learn about military life and veteran transitions, engage in discussions, and help bridge the civilian-military divide. They also show that you’re part of a movement to make our communities better and stronger. Join us! #GotYour6

Watch a Video

Knowledge is powerful and it is one of the keys to bridging the civilian-military divide. One of the easiest ways to learn more about veterans, military families, and Got Your 6 is to watch a video. Visit our Youtube channel.

Start a Conversation with a Veteran

Veteran-civilian dialogue is one of the keys to bridging the civilian-military divide. Sometimes civilian’s fear they may say the “wrong things” to veterans. In reality, veterans are just like you – they have stories to tell and experiences to share. Next time you meet a veteran, go beyond saying “thank you for your service,” and have a conversation with him or her. Ask them where they served or ask what they did in the military. Most importantly ask, “What’s next?” If you are a veteran, the next time you tell someone that you served, consider also sharing a story about your service. And as we engage one another we must then engage our communities with these stories and experiences. When people come together, the results can be profound. Start or join conversations with your family, friends, coworkers, and online.

Mentor a Military Child

You have something to offer—you have experience and expertise gained from a lifetime of hard work. You have a lot you could teach someone. And you can do that by becoming a mentor to the child of a military family. A military child, a model of resilience, can benefit from a role model and a friend like you who’s deeply rooted in your community.
To learn more about mentoring a military child, contact the Military Child Education Coalition. If you can’t find a military child in your community, then serve as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Affinity groups are groups formed around a shared interest or common goal. They provide forums for employees to gather socially and share ideas. They not only provide an opportunity for veterans to identify in the workplace (you may be working alongside a veteran and not even know it), but they give both veterans and civilians a chance to talk about the experience of serving our country. Find out if there is an affinity group where you work, ask your colleagues if they would like to join, and have a conversation about service. If your workplace does not have an affinity group, you can start one yourself.

Learn more about the importance of affinity groups with the VA.

Talk to your Alma Mater

What is your old school doing to empower returning veterans who want to further their education? Student Veterans of America has formed chapters at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country to support fellow veterans making the transition from military life to student life. You can help by ensuring that your school is working with veterans and by supporting the SVA chapter at your alma mater. If your school doesn’t have an SVA chapter, talk to them about how to get one started. Contact Student Veterans of America or your school’s veterans service office to find out how you can help.


Every member of today’s military is a volunteer. The majority of veterans return home and continue serving in their communities. Let them inspire you to serve as well. The Hands On Network—a Points of Light Enterprise—connects volunteers to service projects and organizations. You can read to a child, help in a food bank, or take time to talk with an elderly veteran. To learn about volunteer opportunities, check out Hands On Network or your local Hands On Network Action Center. You can also volunteer along side veterans with Team Rubicon, Team Red, White, & Blue, and The Mission Continues.


Join the millions of Americans taking the time to reflect on our history of service and engage in their communities. Honor a service member on our National Days of Service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 9/11, and Veterans Day. Mark your calendars! Bring your family, your friends, your coworkers—together you can be a part of the incredible tradition of service in America. Learn more about how you can get involved and serve your communities.

Mentor a Student Veteran

Are you a veteran and recent college graduate? Consider being a mentor to incoming student veterans at your alma mater. Share you experiences or what you wish you’d know. Are you a military-connected student or professor? Reach out to a student veteran on campus. Simple gestures like offering a tour of the campus or the library, providing information about the local SVA chapter, or recommending extracurricular activities can have a huge impact on incoming students. Student veterans, like most students, thrive when they feel connected to their community. Help make the connection on your campus with Student Veterans of America.

Read a Book

Take action by reading a book and learning more about military culture and veterans’ experiences. Visit your local library, bookstore, or go online. Amazon has a great list of military books to inspire you and give a glimpse into military life—from historical accounts, to tactical analysis, to service members’ autobiographies—books in the military genre cover a wide range of interests. Books are outlets of endless learning, so the next time you’re looking for a new book to read, consider it an opportunity to begin bridging the civilian-military divide.

Get started on your reading list and take a pick from any of these recommended books by the New York Times.

Hire a Veteran

If you are an employer, hiring veterans is simply good for business. Statistically, veterans stay in their jobs longer and tend to be promoted faster than their civilian counterparts. Employers seek employees with drive, leadership skills, tactical decision-making experience, and the ability to think on their feet to solve problems and get the job done. Veterans have been trained to do exactly that. Make a point to hire veterans to strengthen your business. Also ensure that your job openings are visible to veterans—consider taking part in a veterans’ hiring fair or even organizing a hiring fair in your community.  Learn more with our partner Hiring Our Heroes.