In military vernacular, "got your six" means "I've got your back, I'm looking out for you."
In honor of Veterans' Day this Friday, DDG is featuring a campaign that aims to have the backs of all our American veterans by fighting for them to have leadership opportunities and foster understanding in their communities.
A campaign of Be the Change, Inc., Got Your 6 focuses on the power of collective impact by supporting the work of more that 30 veteran-focused nonprofits in collaboration with government partners and members of the entertainment industry.
For separating vets, reintegration can be a challenge. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, veterans comprise about 10 percent of the nation's homeless population and 20 percent of suicides. The Dept. of Veterans' Affairs tells us that more than half of separating post-9/11 vets face a period of unemployment.
On the flip side, 95 percent of veterans gain employment before they've collected all 26 weeks of unemployment benefits and veterans demonstrate high levels of civic involvement, including at the polls.
Among the Got Your 6 programs is Don't Just Thank, Vote. So tomorrow, get your heinie to the polls to show your appreciation to those who have served.
In 2014, Got Your 6 commissioned a study to learn more about the public's perception of veterans in film and television. Results showed the typical depiction was "extreme" -- that is, vets characterized as either heroic or "broken." This led to the creation of 6 Certified, an effort to encourage more "normalized" portrayals of veterans. In order to earn the Got Your 6 stamp of approval, a project must fulfill one of six requirements, including employing veterans as actors or writers. Some 6 Certified projects include: Marvel's "Luke Cage," "Sully," and "Jurassic World." Aspiring filmmakers can apply to be 6 Certified here. Not an auteur? Don't worry. There are plenty of ways to get involved.