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November 01, 2018

Post-9/11 Vets' Groups Poised to Out-Raise Legacy Organizations, Report Finds

Featuring Emma Moore


Journalist Richard Sisk

Organizations founded to serve veterans following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are raising money more quickly than their pre-9/11 counterparts, save at higher rates, and may be poised for greater growth in the near future, a new study from the Center for a New American Security has found.

The fundraising for those organizations and implications for pre-9/11 "legacy" veterans groups, such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the new crop of post-9/11 organizations were the focus of a CNAS report published last week and titled "Changing Tides in the Sea of Goodwill: A Financial Analysis of Veteran-Serving Nonprofits."

The 21-page report described a different type of veteran emerging from the post-9/11 wars that will force veterans organizations to adapt, setting up competition among the groups for funding.

"As the United States enters its 18th year of war since 9/11, the shape of the country's veteran community is rapidly transforming," the report says. "The total number of American veterans is shrinking as the large conscription-driven cohorts of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War fade away."

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  • Emma Moore

    Former Research Associate

    Emma Moore is a former Research Associate at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Moore is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creati...