Upstate Warrior Solution (UWS) began to take shape in 2010 when a group of concerned veterans and community leaders came together to improve access to services for the 100,000 veterans living in the region.
The team recognized critical lack of support infrastructure for warriors in the area. There were significant gaps in services and no visible means for care coordination, especially in 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. These outcomes impacted the larger community; however, the team identified a lack of public awareness and education on the difficulties veterans face when integrating into the civilian world.
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. Headquartered in Greenville, UWS now has offices across the Upstate serving our warriors and their families.
UWS is growing. However, our approach will always be to facilitate personal interactions between our advocates and the warriors in 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.
Upstate Warrior Solution follows the Four Step Plan of Community Integration for serving the warrior community: