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November 22, 2017
Veteran proud: Doing work that matters with Boulder Crest
By: Matt Trait

When the time came for my transition into a civilian career, following nearly nine years in the Navy – 10 overall with the Reserves, it was important for me to find an organization with a strong focus on service. A place where my past could carry me into my future with a team of people who valued my service and the service my family gave on my behalf.

I found that at Accenture, doing the right thing for our veterans and our country is as important to the company as it is to me. We embody a culture of service. It’s truly part of our DNA, and has empowered my team to engage in vital veterans’ programs such as the Boulder Crest project.

Boulder Crest offers combat veterans help with their transition through the Warrior PATHH program. It’s an intensive, non-clinical program that retrains veterans with post-combat stress to grow and thrive by introducing skill-sets that can transform their struggles into profound strength and growth.

When I first discovered the Boulder Crest initiative, I knew immediately is was important for us to get involved and deliver what we do best: digital innovation. Our work will help advance the way veterans engage in the Warrior PATHH, by helping the organization expand their program capability through the delivery of a mobile application that extends the retreat’s benefits into the everyday world. The app will enable veterans to set goals, visualize and track progress, practice mindfulness, and stay accountable as they forge a path towards a more stable and fulfilling life.

Boulder Crest is a private organization that provides free retreats for combat veterans and their families. The 18-month program begins with a seven-day retreat, initiating students into the Warrior PATHH program at one of Boulder Crest’s two facilities. After four successful years in Virginia, they have been able to expand and recently opened a second retreat in Arizona. Already, in four short years, they have helped many veterans and their families gain the skills they need to engage in post-service life.

I’m honored to be a part of life-changing efforts like this. Every day, we work to solve our clients’ toughest problems, and we bring that same dedication and focus to help Boulder Crest solve some of the toughest problems our nation’s veterans are facing. Serving this incredibly valuable mission is a way for us to support our fighters and veterans in what is important to them, in ways that are important to them.

I’m also proud to be part of an organization with a service-minded vision. Here, the work matters, the outcomes matter, and in the end, it is what makes working here at Accenture with this team profoundly meaningful every day.

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