About The Bunker Project

The Bunker Project is a perpetual nonprofit corporation. The purpose of The Bunker Project is to benefit U.S. military veterans by establishing student housing where veterans can focus on completing educational training that aids in their transition from military service to the civilian employment sector. The Bunker Project refers to outside resources, treatment, and information as needed, enabling a seamless transition process back into the civilian community. The Bunker Project is also committed to providing education and information to professionals and to the public relative to issues such as criminal justice, alcohol and drugs, PTSD/TBI, employment, housing, food, education/training, and other military experiential related or military service induced issues.

The Bunker Project utilizes scientific evidence to determine our best practices and approaches. It is through such research that we decided to focus on supporting student veterans, beginning with the most basic need of housing and building up from there. This satisfies lowest need of shelter and security on Dr. Abraham Maslow’s psychological theory of the hierarchy of human needs. The theory posits that only when lower level needs are met can higher level needs be addressed. Essentially, a student veteran cannot focus on their need for meaning and purpose granted through educational attainment if they are stressed about making their next payment for rent.

Our philosophy emphasizes a preventative, rather than reactionary method to address and reduce high rates of suicide, homelessness, joblessness and incarceration that currently plague the military veteran community. With proper support, military veterans never have to experience such devastation in their lives.

Our goal is to connect veterans with the education benefits they earned through service and then fill in the gaps left by bureaucratic policy. For example, the GI Bill pays a basic allowance for housing, but that allowance is issued proactively once the veteran begins classes. The allowance is paid only for each day the student is enrolled, so if a term ends mid-month, the veteran only receives a partial payment. With your donations, the Bunker Project is able to provide stable housing despite these bureaucratic challenges.

The Bunker Project also helps veterans identify additional programs that best meet their individual needs. As a grassroots organization, we connect with other local veteran service organizations to create a network of support. During our monthly house meetings, presenters are invited from outside organizations to ensure our student veterans are fully aware of the vast gamut of resources available to them. No need goes unmet, and such a comprehensive model is strongly supported by social science research.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) and or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and the corporation shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign (including the publishing or distribution of statements on behalf of any candidate for public office). The Bunker Project was not formed to support or oppose any political organization or platform – we are committed to the basic principle of veterans helping veterans find their way back into the civilian culture.