Currently, HPW offers three types of program. Events are open to post 9/11 and Persian Gulf Veterans.
Why Are Events Only Open To Post 9/11 and Persian Gulf Veterans?
We are asked occasionally why our events are only open to Post 9/11 and Persian Gulf veterans and we think this is very important to clarify. As you can read about on our Staff page, our cofounders first became concerned with veterans’ well being during the Vietnam War, as they watched wounded veterans returning to the US only to be greeted by civilian protests, a mostly uninterested government and vastly inadequate physical and mental health care. This concern stayed with each of them, until 2007 when they decided to take action to ensure Iraq and Afghanistan veterans received a different homecoming.
Since 2007, we have been offering events for post 9/11 and Persian Gulf veterans that contribute to a different experience upon their return, and to a more easeful and supportive transition to civilian life. We are aware of various programs that bring earlier era Veterans together with Iraq and Afghanistan vets; we see the value and fully support these programs. However, we limit events to this group of veterans because this creates a sense of shared experience that veterans coming to our events find very supportive. Secondarily, it also is a means of using our limited funds and resources efficiently.
We want to express our respect and gratitude to all those who have served for their service, dedication and sacrifices.