VeteranCentral.com helps military with Veterans Affairs chaos, Citizen Warrior by Tiffany Madison for Communities @WashingtonTimes.com
DALLAS, April 23, 2012 – Wading through the chaotic world of veteran’s affairs is no easy task, but a promising venture aims to revolutionize the online veteran support community. By merging passion with innovation, VeteranCentral.com, is set to achieve what no other entity has accomplished by empowering the soldier in transition with unprecedented tools.
The site was founded by Jonathan Lunardi, a talented Internet entrepreneur, and Dr. Paul McDonald, an accomplished scientific consultant for the Department of Defense; it was inspired by the McDonald’s experience with drafting the Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report. Studying the details of the military’s suicide epidemic allowed him to observe issues that were largely preventable.
“As I became involved in researching the trends for suicide rates and integration issues for veterans, it was clear that the primary factors preventing a successful civilian transition were access to employment opportunities, resources for assistance and positive social support,” says Dr. McDonald, “It became apparetheynt the support system was broken.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs is often a frustrating institution with the quality of care varying greatly from entity to entity. Exasperated by the experience, many veterans next seek help online, but the process of wading through a sea of deceptively similar organization names and jumbled niche websites is a daunting process.