it starts with the unmet needs of veterans

Challenge America: Makers for Veterans (CAMVETS) makes creative, innovative solutions to the unmet challenges of our nations heroes.

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veterans identify their indivual challenge

Whereas mainstream approaches ask veterans to adapt to existing products, CAMVETS builds each solution from the veteran up. At Challenge America, everything begins with the needs of our veterans (or Challenge Knowers), empowering them to tell us what they need and then to be a part of making the solution.

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veterans and experts come together

Next we put the experts to work (or Solution Makers), side-by-side with the Challenge Knowers, during a 3-day intensive make-a-thon (a making marathon!) to create innovative solutions that directly address the need at hand. We seek solutions that make dramatic improvements in the daily lives of our participants and their loved ones.

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teams create scalable solutions

Following each event, we leverage our strategic partnerships to develop and scale viable solutions into products and services that will meet the needs of other veterans facing similar challenges.

Meet the 2019 Veteran Challenge Knowers

Jane  Challenge: To dance after an injury.

Jane
Challenge: To dance after an injury.

Jane  Challenge: To sit in a chair long enough to enjoy ice cream with her daughter.

Jane
Challenge: To sit in a chair long enough to enjoy ice cream with her daughter.

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John Sung

”I would like to sit in a chair long enough to enjoy ice cream with my daughter.”  Jane, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

”I would like to sit in a chair long enough to enjoy ice cream with my daughter.”
Jane, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

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past veteran challenges & solutions

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. 

Learn about our first group of Veteran Challenge Knowers and the solutions their teams made for them.

Zarita’s team made it possible for her to dance again. They made a stability frame and harness that supports her and is barely noticeable under a long, elegant skirt.

Zarita’s team made it possible for her to dance again. They made a stability frame and harness that supports her and is barely noticeable under a long, elegant skirt.

Assaf  Assaf hasn’t been able to sit in a chair long enough to enjoy an ice cream with his daughter due to the severe pain that it creates in his amputated limb. His team built him a customized, portable seat cushion that he can now take with him anywhere, including his daughter’s school play one month after Makers for Veterans took place.

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Assaf hasn’t been able to sit in a chair long enough to enjoy an ice cream with his daughter due to the severe pain that it creates in his amputated limb. His team built him a customized, portable seat cushion that he can now take with him anywhere, including his daughter’s school play one month after Makers for Veterans took place.

Jeff

Jeff

Pax

Pax