After two decades of war, the United States is at a turning point: the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan marks a critical moment for reflection nationally and in Southern California. Many veterans suffer from mental and physical health-related issues. Data shows that 50% of veterans report significant physical health conditions that impair their daily functioning, with growing numbers enrolling in VA disability services. Five in 10 reports a critical issue for which they are not receiving care. One in 10 have considered suicide. Join special guest Dr. Nathan Graeser, SCG’s Veteran Issues Consultant, as we explore personal stories and an overview of the current challenges facing veterans and their families. As both a chaplain and a social worker, Graeser will explore current opportunities for philanthropy's role in leading a new way forward to support veterans' long-term health in the years ahead. Attendees will also have a chance to share updates, ask questions to identify needs, and support efforts in our region.
About Health Funders Group
The SCG Health Funders Group convenes multiple times a year to explore emerging issues in healthcare and health policy through an intersectional approach. The group hosts topic-based and peer-to-peer learning sessions. These facilitated sessions will provide a forum for updates on critical issues, highlights of promising programs and opportunities for collaboration.
About the Veteran Funders Group
The Veteran Funders Group focuses on members’ response efforts in relation to veterans and military families, trends and challenges our nonprofit partners are facing, and opportunities for philanthropy to take a strategic role in our region’s veteran space in the months and years to come. Meetings are led by SCGs Veteran Issues Consultant – Nate Graeser.
Nathan Graeser, MDiv, LCSW, DSW
SCG Veterans Issues Consultant
Nathan Graeser is both a Social Worker and an Army Chaplain in the California National Guard. He is a national expert on policies and programs for supporting service members transitioning out of the military. He has been featured on NPR, ABC, and numerous other media outlets. A tireless advocate for veteran and military families, he has lead multiple Veteran initiatives in Los Angeles including the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has also counseled hundreds on the intersection between transition, spirituality, and military culture, building better community policies for veterans who return home from war. He obtained a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Masters in Social Work, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California. He serves on numerous local and national boards and just returned from a deployment with an Infantry Brigade in December 2018. He lives in Highland Park in an eco-friendly house with chickens, bees, and three small humans ages five, three, and one. His rock star wife, Rachel, makes it all possible.