For years, Constance A. Burns has advocated for those who care for severely injured military service members and veterans. In the past years, many citizens have stepped forward in support of military veterans, and to champion the initiatives of individuals that have suffered trauma and serious injuries while protecting and serving the country that they love. As one of those dedicated and committed citizens, and also as a caregiver for the past three decades, Ms. Burns remains committed to protecting and serving the men and women that have pledged their lives to the United States of America in the name of military service.
At the helm of the National Association of American Veterans, Inc., otherwise referred to as NAAV, Ms. Burns manages the entire operation as its Chief Executive Officer, handles the budget, establishes contracts, partnerships and sponsors, and raises funds. The organization, established in 2005, has made major headway in providing services to all veterans and their family members. The NAAV offers health care information, emergency assistance and advocacy, counseling, housing coordination, and educational programs for all service members, with an emphasis on the severely wounded and single parent service members, military caregivers, veterans, and their families at risk of not returning to normalcy after serving in a war, and residing in underserved areas nationwide.
In 2011, NAAV created the Military Family Program, which provides accredited self-care training, financial literacy, career coaching, respite care and access to resources for military families caring for severely injured veterans in the Washington, D.C. area. Plans are currently underway to implement the Military Family Program in the greater Washington, D.C., Fisher House. In addition, in January 2012, NAAV donated laptop computers, equipment and more to 40 new residents of Fisher House. Ms. Burns hopes that the new program will serve as a pilot project that will be adopted at Fisher Houses near other major military medical centers across the U.S.
Ms. Burns is proud of her accomplishments in having established an organization that provides assistance to veterans and their families. Data indicates that today, one of every three military service members returning from war is injured, and one in five are disabled with long-term care needs. NAAV’s policies follow the guidelines and procedures established by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to advocate for service members and veterans for entitlements and benefits.
Ms. Burns is passionate about recognizing the contributions of our country’s pioneering military men and women. In addition to founding and running the NAAV, Ms. Burns has co-authored three books, and shehas been featured in two documentaries, “Two Thousand Notable American Women” and “Great Women of the 21st Century.” Her contributions to the 2009 book, “The U.S. Army’s First, Last, and Only All-Black Rangers,” earned her honors and recognition from David H. Petraeus, then-commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and Gen. William E. Ward, then-head of the U.S. Africa Command. In 2007, Ms. Burns advised the Task Force on Mental Health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors. The recommendations she made to the latter commission paved the way for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, signed by President Obama on May 5, 2010. Ms. Burns also served as an adviser for the National World War II Reunion, D-Day to France and a Salute Parade to WWII Veterans.
Ever passionate about the work she performs with the veterans, Ms. Burns works with private organizations to procure grants and contracts that will enable the National Association of American Veterans to provide accredited coaches and trainers to equip families with the tools, training and resources they need to become optimally effective caregivers of veterans and military service members. She currently serves as an independent broker with Consumer Choice Marketing. Founded in 2008, CCM is 100% debt-free, solid, experienced, and committed to YOUR financial freedom. We’re an innovative company offering households the freedom to choose their energy carriers, options in telecommunications products and services and, at the same time, providing savvy entrepreneurs the opportunity of a lifetime.