Mark Eckhardt

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ark is a Zen Priest who trains visionary leaders, launches social businesses, loves cycling, composing music and trying to make the world spin in the opposite way.

Stand Down

60 Minutes featured a story on Stand Down, which is a three day campout that's part job fair, part health clinic, part sobriety meeting. The name is a military term for the time when a solider can put down his weapon and stop fighting. The homeless go for a shot at redemption.

Here are some troubling stats.  

  • The rate of unemployment for Veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan is approximately 20% - double than the national average.
  • There are already more than 9,000 Iraq and Afghanistan vets who are homeless.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan vets are ending up on the streets faster than any generation of vets before them. 
  • For Vietnam vets it would take 8-10 years to end up homeless. 
  • For these younger vets, experts say it only takes 1.5 years.

I encourage you to take a minute and watch the video and consider joining me in getting involved next year.