This spring we will launch Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS). This program brings together teams of engineers, designers, and software developers to create innovative solutions to the unmet needs of their veteran teammates. Many of these solutions will undergo further development, allowing a solution designed for one veteran to go on to benefit many.
CAMVETS grew out of our partnership with Israeli nonprofit, Restart, on their flagship program called Makers For Heroes. Challenge America led the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Makers For Heroes in Tel Aviv, Israel, and witnessed the miraculous solutions and transformative experience that came out of it for our veterans and everyone involved.
We were so inspired that we decided right then and there that we needed to bring it back to the U.S.
And so CAMVETS was born.
Zarita joined Challenge America's U.S. delegation to Israel to take part in the 2018 Makers For Heroes event.
Her team of experts worked tirelessly to make sure that by the end of the make-a-thon, she would be able to dance and even perform on the stage at the final ceremony.
“I had an energy that hasn’t been present in years. I felt like I have things to look forward to, and an outlet that is mine to actually feel when I need to. Also a bond that’s been missing since I left service. It’s like there’s a nightlight that I can turn on in the dark room now if I start to feel claustrophobic instead of feeling like I have to struggle in the dark.”
ABOUT CHALLENGE AMERICA
At Challenge America - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - we have made it our mission to connect service members, veterans, and their families to resources and solutions that build community and give purpose to their lives. From the beginning, we set out to challenge the status quo by designing and scaling innovative, evidence-based solutions to the needs of the military community - no matter where they live. By leveraging technology, creative arts, and community solidarity, we are challenging America to think differently about how we serve our military.