MIAMI, November 11, 2011 - The Ryder Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of transportation and logistics provider Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), has awarded a grant to VeteransPlus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit financial education company headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., to support the development and launch of the new online Yellow Ribbon Registry Network (YRRN).
The Yellow Ribbon Registry Network (www.registrynetwork.org) is the nation’s first centralized online resource and clearinghouse where service members and veterans can fill out just one request for assistance and have their application quickly validated and submitted to multiple non-profit funding partners through the network for response to their critical needs. The site also allows individual citizens to provide donations to directly assist service members, veterans and military families in need.
“The men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform have given selflessly to defend those throughout the world who could not defend themselves. As a result of the current economic crisis, the youngest generation of America’s fighting force often encounters unprecedented challenges when they come home, and the financial stability of thousands of families is threatened,” said John E. Pickens, Executive Director of VeteransPlus.
To date, those in need have primarily been referred to a range of published or online lists containing thousands of non-profits and other agencies that might possibly provide assistance. Although many of these outstanding organizations do have resources to offer, each has different qualifying criteria and specialized application requirements – including identification forms, military orders, discharge documents, and other paperwork. Consequently, the urgent needs that often typify these scenarios are not able to be met in an expedited fashion, and members of the military, veterans and their families are not able to secure assistance in time to prevent the loss of a home, the repossession of the family’s automobile or countless other forms of hardship.
The issue was addressed in the recent report, “The Sea of Goodwill: Matching the Donor to the Need,” authored by Col. David Sutherland of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The report summarizes an extensive reservoir of assistance and points to the need for a unifying group to efficiently coordinate the flow of these dollars to America's service members.
VeteransPlus and the Yellow Ribbon Registry Network hope to change that, thanks to the Ryder Charitable Foundation.
“As an industry leader in global transportation and logistics, Ryder benefits from the talent, knowledge, and leadership of the thousands of highly skilled veterans and military members who we employ,” said David Bruce, Executive Director of the Ryder Charitable Foundation. “Supporting VeteransPlus with the development of the Yellow Ribbon Registry Network is an excellent way for the Ryder Charitable Foundation to also provide meaningful assistance to service members, veterans, and their families, and demonstrate how much we appreciate those men and women who make extraordinary sacrifices to serve our nation.”
Currently, Ryder employs close to 2,000 veterans in the U.S., and more than 700 U.S. employees are actively serving in the National Guard and reserve. During the past 12 months, 13.5 percent of all new employees hired at Ryder had military veteran status.
Current Yellow Ribbon Registry Network Partner Organizations:
- USA Cares
- Rebuild Hope
- Soldiers’ Angels
- Our Forgotten Warriors
- Our Heroes Journey
- Blue Star Families
- Final Salute