The seed for Upstate Warrior Solution (UWS) was planted in 2010 when a group of concerned veterans and nonveteran community leaders came together to discuss the availability of services for veterans in the Upstate.
Despite the area boasting a population of more than 100,000 veterans, the team identified a lack of critical support infrastructure for warriors in the Upstate. Further, they found significant gaps in services and no visible means for care coordination, especially in the Upstate’s rural areas. Warrior-specific services that were available were not well integrated or advertised.
The team also saw a correlation between military trauma disorders, readjustment issues, and a variety of adverse outcomes in the lives of our Upstate warriors. However, the team identified a severe lack of awareness and education on veteran readjustment issues in the surrounding community.
Upstate Warrior Solution was founded in response to these needs in the community.
UWS received its incorporation in 2012 through the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office and was formally recognized as a 501(c)3 organization in 2013. To better meet demand and increase the capacity to serve warriors across the Upstate, UWS now has three office locations in Greenville, Clemson, and Spartanburg.
UWS is growing. However, its approach will always be to facilitate personal interactions between our advocates and the warriors within our community. We are continually seeking to improve the supportive services we offer through our three primary programs: Outreach and Case Coordination, Fellowship Academy, and Community Engagement.
Our vision is to restore our warriors with a sense of purpose and to empower the Upstate community to be responsive to our warriors and their families. We are committed to accomplishing our mission.
Upstate Warrior Solution follows the Four Step Plan of Community Integration for serving the warrior community: