Who We Are
If you want to learn more about us, you’re in the right place.
Veteran Service Corps (VSC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, born out of the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock movement that assembled on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota in December 2016. At that time, it had been 90 years since the veteran community from across the country had been mobilized to protect the constitutional and human rights of a group of American citizens.
In reflecting on that “mission,” VSC’s founders recognized the tremendous value in tapping into the commitment to service that runs so deep in the hearts and minds of our veteran community, as they witnessed the immeasurable impact veterans had serving alongside members of a community plagued by social and economic injustice.
Over the past 10 months, VSC has earned the trust of tribal leaders of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, launched Operation Eagle in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and raised over $1 million in in-kind donations of human capital and materials to conduct a number of community improvement and capacity-building projects on the reservation.
In October 2017, VSC was offered the opportunity to steward and restore a 29-acre property in Promise, South Dakota. In partnership with the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation, the tribal veterans’ organization, and several other strategic partners, VSC intends to use this asset for economic development and programs that improve economic, environmental, educational, social and health outcomes for communities in which veterans live – starting with the Cheyenne River Reservation, where 47% of the total population are veterans of the United States Armed Forces.