The organizations that are part of the Cristina Network are very passionate about their work. Their stories are always inspiring.
We asked Will Webb
(second from left)
to tell us why he founded
Still Serving Veterans.
“My grandfather, father, uncles, brother, and band of brothers were soldiers... so it's personal when I salute Veterans...and those presently serving to protect our future. I went to West Point, served 28 years in the Army: commanded tank and helicopter cavalry units…worked in Pentagon and the White House.
In 2005, I was a corporate CEO, and my son was deployed on the 1st of what turned into 10 deployments to Afghanistan & Iraq. His best friend and fellow platoon leader, Lieutenant Scotty Smiley, was critically injured by an enemy Improvised Explosive Device. Nobody was sure whether Scotty would walk or talk again.
Scotty Smiley was an inspiration for our decision to found Still Serving Veterans to help Wounded Warriors like Scotty reintegrate into meaningful new careers with all the benefits and services they had earned.
SSV quickly learned that a critical need in its community was for veterans to get help with navigating
The need for employment was a common concern as well. An
was developed that helped Veterans learn to help themselves by teaching them job search skills, resume writing, best practices and networking.
To date, SSV has helped over 58,000 Veterans bringing back to them over a half a billion dollars in benefits, salaries, and services. SSV endeavors to help any Veteran that has served honorably in our Armed Forces. Along with the counselors serving Veterans locally, SSV has a team of Virtual counselors that work with Veterans anywhere as long as they reach out for help.
Will Webb says about veterans:
“We owe Veterans more than our silence, our memories, or our thanks: the highest appreciation is not to utter words…but to live by them…to act on behalf of Vets. We have a moral obligation to help as many Veterans as possible”.