Accountability. The GWOTMF exists to coordinate all efforts needed to erect a monument on the National Mall in Washington DC. To that end, the GWOTMF is dedicated to observing the highest level of fiscal responsibility. Further, as an organization comprised of passionate veterans and highly dedicated civilians, the GWOTMF will never forget who we are working for and who we are ultimately accountable to: all who served in the military during the Global War on Terror campaign and their families and loved ones.
Responsibility. The GWOTMF considers serving those who served in the defense of our physical security to be a privilege and a ‘higher calling.’ To that end, the GWOTMF does not measure success in terms of paychecks for its board members, but in terms of proximity to completion of our goal: a completed public art installation that memorializes the sacrifices made by all who served in the military, and the families of those who served, during the GWOT.
Sharing hard-earned wisdom for healing, education, and unity as a nation. Throughout the history of mankind, cultures from all continents have had customs that welcomed home their returning warriors. These various ceremonies and rituals included group storytelling of what the warriors had encountered, survived, and learned. War veterans were regarded as members of the community who had left their homelands, engaged in the human endeavor of warfare, and attained a valuable perspective on life, death, violence, and protection of their loved ones, therefore having the wisdom to share with other members of their societies. They were leaders in their communities for they served others first, they were willing to sacrifice themselves for the betterment of the community. These rituals not only ensured that the populace had first-hand knowledge of events that transpired during the war, but they also offered the populace a chance to understand war through the eyes and words of those who fought it, this also provided a forum for returning warriors to share their psychological and emotional burdens. Group storytelling may have facilitated healing and decreased the prevalence of psychological experiences we find veterans, active duty service members, and their families face today, including but not limited to post-traumatic stress, depression, and suicidal ideation. While we here in the United States observe federal holidays and anniversaries like Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the D-Day invasion, celebratory events during these days provide a unique time to talk about the experiences of our nation’s warriors for the betterment of us all. The GWOT memorial seeks to be a functional space that offers opportunities for storytelling, education and unity as a healing avenue for veterans of the GWOT and as a means of sharing hard-fought wisdom to our fellow citizens and all those who visit this great country of ours.
Constant improvement. The GWOTMF seeks constant improvement in all that it does, both as an organization and within its individual members. The GWOTMF recognizes that it will be a long road from inception to completion of their mission, and that accurate adaptation is the vehicle that will enable this monument to become a reality. Constant improvement served the US military well on the field of battle, and it will now as the GWOTMF and its supporters address legislative, bureaucratic, organizational, and financial challenges associated with such an important undertaking.
Partners. Realizing that this sacred mission requires assistance from all Americans, the GWOTMF is a willing partner with other responsible Veteran non-profits operating in the veteran service organization space. The GWOTMF also partners with private and public foundations that support its mission and vision.