The Issue - The Solution - The Benefits

The Issue - The Solution - The Benefits

The Issue

  • 22 Veteran Suicides a day (Dept. of Veterans Affairs 2013)
  • 2013  Unemployment rate among Gulf War II Veterans is 44% higher than the national average, with 1 in 5 veterans being unable to find work (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 900,000 to 1.5 million veterans live on SNAP benefits (Center on Budget & Policy 2013 report based of American Community Survey data)
  • 89% of veterans name ‘finding a job’ their greatest challenge and list key barriers as lack of schedule flexibility to accommodate service related health issues, cultural differences between military and civilian life, and lack of employer based veteran support programs; Veteran’s Employment Challenges; (Prudential Financial Services, Inc in conjunction with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2013)

The Solution:

Our plan is to establish veteran families with their own aquaponics farming facility and put them through all the training necessary to be self-sufficient. With our turnkey greenhouse and aquaponics system, along with our 8 week immersion training, the veterans who follow the daily operations plan will net between $60K and $120K within the first year, giving veterans the self-sufficiency they need to feed their families and thrive as active productive members of society. Applications are flying into Liberty Farms from veterans across the country, all wanting to be a part of this ground breaking program to lift our soldiers out of poverty.  But we need your help in making these veteran dreams come true. 

Direct Benefits:

  • Financial Security:  Provides an ongoing lucrative business removing veterans from unemployment rolls.  2013  Unemployment rate among Gulf War II Veterans is 44% higher than the national average, with 1 in 5 veterans being unable to find work (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Food Security: Veteran is able to produce high quality organic food to feed his/her family while also producing enough to earn a good living.  900,000 to 1.5 million veterans live on SNAP benefits (Center on Budget & Policy 2013 report based of American Community Survey data).
  • Self-Pacing:  Complete control of own reintegration into civilian life, at their own pace; set own schedule.  Studies show self-pacing is most important aspect to veteran success.  89% of veterans name ‘finding a job’ their greatest challenge and list key barriers as lack of schedule flexibility to accommodate service related health issues, cultural differences between military and civilian life per Veteran’s Employment Challenges; Prudential Financial Services, Inc. in conjunction with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2013
  • Veteran Designed Mentorship: Mentorship creates a system of ‘battle buddies’ working on the same mission.  80% of veterans express strong interest in work/employment programs customized for veterans, while 2/3 rate employment related veteran support programs as “critical” to their success.  Veteran’s Employment Challenges; Prudential Financial Services, Inc. in conjunction with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2013
  • Kinetic Activity Therapy:  Studies show horticultural activity reduces stress and mental well-being, easing PTSD symptoms.  Furthermore, over 50% of veterans report a preference for working with their hands, yet manufacturing jobs in the United States continue to decline.
  • Morale:  The combination of hard work and self-sufficiency stops the ‘hero to zero’ slide, improving veteran moral and therefore reduces the likelihood of substance abuse, suicide and VA recidivism.
  • Cost effective:  The proposed system costs approximately $115,000 dollars per veteran, in contrast to estimated $2 million per veteran currently spent through various combined governmental programs, (SNAP, unemployment, VA treatment, etc.).

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Liberty Farms is a 501(c)(3) public charitable organization. Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) (3) donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.. See your tax professional.

Donations to Liberty Farms provide start-up funding, training, agricultural opportunities, tools & equipment to qualifying Veterans. Recipients agree to "Pay it Forward" by hiring fellow vets in their growing businesses and contributing a small portion of their proceeds for a limited time back to Liberty Farms.

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