About Us

Pule O Ikaika Ohana is a non-profit corporation based out of Hawaii that was created to serve military veterans by creating a place of community.

Not only do we seek to create a place that will bring people together that are having mutual issues but also to give them an outlet and the chance to be involved in creating their own media productions. A place where they can have a way to learn skills such as photography, videography, webdesign, etc. To be able to then apply all that and have the option to one day use what they learn to tell their stories by using our equipment and resources. To be able to the opportunity to work or intern with any of our partners or other businesses that come to us looking for trained and highly capable employees.

We also aim to raise awareness of the issues that veterans may face during and after their time in the military through the creation of our own original projects. In these projects, we will be employing a "veteran's first" hiring initiative in an effort to provide employment and also to offer therapy in a working environment while being amongst their peers.

Mission

Pule O Ikaika Ohana was created by a group of former military, veterans and civilians in response to veteran suicide, a lack of suitable transition/educational support to former military, and also to generally increase public awareness to situations faced by veterans after they separate from the military.

In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010, which showed that roughly 22 veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. According to the most recent report published by the VA in 2016, which analyzed 55 million veterans' records from 1979 to 2014, the current analysis indicates that an average of 20 veterans a day die from suicide. While the numbers show to have decreased, it is still too high.

The Student Veterans of America analysis, showed that nearly 52 percent of former troops who used the GI Bill completed their higher-education programs, based on records from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks postsecondary enrollment and graduation. We are looking to substantially increase that number, mainly in the media and tech fields.

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