Program: Nathan Fletcher, Three Wise Men Foundation
The Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation is named in honor of Jeremy Wise, Ben Wise and Beau Wise. We stand with veterans who survived combat as they not only survive but thrive in the peace that follows. We advocate for public policy to ensure the commitment made to our veterans is honored. We raise awareness of the problems our veterans face and directly tackle the stigma associated with post traumatic stress by helping connect them with needed services. And we build alliances and partnerships with other veteran non-profits to help address the problems of employment, housing and education.
The Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation stands and fights for this new generation of veterans – the Exceptional Generation – returning home from war. The Exceptional generation is no different from those who came before it. They took an oath to a country. They took an oath to protect and defend not only a document, but an idea. They were willing to give their life for us and many of them did.
As valiantly as they have fought for us, we must ensure we are fighting for them when they return home. They need each of us to step up and stand with them because we need to make sure our country welcomes them home with the honor and respect they’ve earned.
Creating strong partnerships between civilians and veterans organizations benefits our returning veterans, our communities and our nation. At the Three Wise Men Veterans Foundation, we work in partnership with many veteran organizations to advance our collective goal of helping our returning veterans.
Today, less than one-half of one percent is in the armed services meaning the general public has less of a connection to military. Most of the public has seen little personal impact on their lives even though we are in the longest era of war in our history. There is a need for organizations to bridge the divide between those veterans returning home and members of the community who want to help but just don’t know how or what they can do.
Many people who care deeply about our veterans are unaware of the challenges they often face when their military service is done.
Unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and suicide are all too common. We help raise awareness of the problems our veterans face and build coalitions to ensure they get the care and treatment they deserve.
We raise awareness of the problems our veterans face, directly tackle the stigma associated with post traumatic stress and help connect our veterans with the programs and services they need.
We also work to directly tackle and break down the stigma associated with the “unseen wounds of war”. We communicate directly to veterans from veterans with messages of hope, encouragement and strength.
And we connect veterans with services and programs that are working, to ensure they can not only survive but thrive in the peace that follows their military service.
3WM is reaching out to our veterans directly with a message from other veterans. A message of hope, encouragement and strength focused on acknowledging and getting treatment for post traumatic stress.
Jeremy Wise. Ben Wise. Beau Wise. Three brothers. Three warriors. The Three Wise Men.
After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on our country, Jeremy joined the Navy and became a Navy SEAL. Ben, already in the Army became a member of the legendary Green Berets. Beau followed his brothers into the military and joined the Marine Corps Infantry. Together they served over 1,600 days deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tragically, Jeremy was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. Two years and eleven days later, Ben was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan. Beau remains on active duty in the United States Marine Corps.
Jeremy and Ben represent that generation of veterans who gave that last full measure of devotion to their country. We honor them as a country. But Beau Wise represents that generation of veteran who survived combat and we now have to stand with to ensure they can not only survive but that they can thrive in the peace that follows.