Photograph courtesy of Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

 Our Mission

The primary mission of High Ground Veterans Advocacy (HGVA) is to improve the lives of servicemembers, veterans and their families through education, charitable action, and scientific research. The following constitutes the primary methods through which HGVA fulfills that mission.

    1. HGVA will train at least one class of servicemembers and veterans per year as Fellows so that they may educate government officials and the general public on a variety of issues important to our community.

    2. HGVA Fellows will receive instruction on essential communication skills, such as direct engagement with the media, writing of opinion editorials, and effective use of social media as an education and advocacy tool.

    3. HGVA will train Fellows to build coalitions around issues of importance for Military Service Organizations (MSOs), Veteran Service Organization (VSOs), and military-connected-family organizations.

    4. HGVA will encourage Fellows to pursue leadership roles within their respective local chapters of MSO, VSO and military-connected-family organizations.

    5. HGVA Fellows will perform detailed research on military and veterans’ issues, and will propose legislative and administrative solutions to problems faced by our community.

    6. HGVA will promote improvements to the military-to-civilian transition process and keep government officials and the general public informed on current events which impact the community.

    7. HGVA will the highlight the importance of protecting and expanding earned benefits for those who have served and sacrificed for our country, and work to ensure that no veteran is left behind.

The true cost of war — that’s what this is about for me. That’s why I am here.
— Steve Acheson, Iraq Veteran, United States Army Sergeant