Our Mission

To unite the community to accelerate the impact of veterans.

Combined Arms is a dynamic, ever-evolving collaborative impact organization that is using an innovative approach to technology and service delivery to disrupt the veteran transition experience. By providing comprehensive support to military members and their families as they transition to civilian life, we are accelerating veteran transition in order to deliver maximum impact on the communities they return to.

Combined Arms streamlines the connection between veterans and their families from all branches of the military with organizations that serve them. We’ve created a new veteran service model, focusing on collective impact—reinventing what it means to serve veterans by creating pathways for them to access resources based on exactly what they’ve asked for, leaving the outdated model of “services in silos” behind. 

Combined Arms is creating a well-rounded community of veterans who are United After The Uniform.

Our Community

Building One Veteran Community

Veterans leaving the military face a huge difficulty transitioning to civilian life. Most pronounced is that they lack access to personal and professional networks when they leave the military. While in the military they and their families are part of a unit and a strong support network with clear direction for career paths and family services. We believe that the best service we can provide veterans during their transition is access to a community of veterans that have already transitioned, who have walked the road they find themselves on presently and have the time and ability to give back to strengthen their careers and families.

In order to provide that community, we have to gather our successful veterans that have already transitioned, that are leading their industries and companies in their careers. We need classmates and friends, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives who are secure in their family lives. We need community building activities that gather our leaders, volunteers, and veterans to connect with one another. The greatest resource that can be provided to veterans is one that connects them with other veterans.

With dozen of events there is always opportunities to meet other veterans, share stories, be inspired, build your network, and strengthen your career & your family.

The problems that face veterans both as they transition from the military and once they have transitioned are daunting. No single organization can provide all the programming or resources necessary to be successful. We do not try to be everything to our veterans, instead we focus on one thing. Building the community of veterans. 

Building the community of veterans means creating opportunities for veterans to come together, to connect, to share stories, to feel a part of a whole, and to help one another. We’ve Been There, and we’ll be there for you too.

We have all served, we have all been part of the greatest military force in history, we have all graduated from the most field tested leadership training, we’ve all been through the transition back to civilian life, and we are here for veterans and their families. We’ve Been There.

Our Story

The idea for Combined Arms began where many ideas do—around a dinner table with friends, three Houston-based veterans, each of us with our own post-military life story and each of us with our own unique transition journey. Having served our nation as an Air Force pilot, Army medic and Naval officer, we knew too many of our brothers and sisters who returned home after serving our country only to struggle in their transition to civilian life.

Each of us knew this process, as only someone who has ever transitioned out of the military can understand, and we recognized the confusion and the flaws in the process. We saw the need for an organization that could empower veterans to carefully and strategically navigate life post military and envision a life of impact and meaning.

Read the full Combined Arms story here.

We have a gap to fill

For veterans returning to civilian life, there is a chasm that we must build a bridge across. A community to unite under one powerful cause. We have a new kind of life to define—one that straddles the before and the after.

The service and the veteran.

The civilian and the veteran. 

POWERED BY OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS

In 2016 we launched our Community Leader program in order to provide leadership opportunities for veterans, spouses, and patriotic civilians to lead our community building efforts. These leaders sign up to receive mental health, peer mentor, and active listening training in order to become advocates for our members. They connect, refer, and accelerate their peers through our community building events leading our networking and social events. Community Leaders take on a financial and time commitment to Combined Arms. 

Those interested in leading our mission to build the veteran community should apply below. One of our staff will reach out to you to assess your potential for fitting this role, which affinity group would be right for you, and potentially which existing community leader should mentor you.

All new community leaders must be recommended by their community leader mentor. They must be mentored for a minimum of 2 months prior to recommendation. Following the recommendation the candidate will undergo a full employee screening and vetting process. Community Leaders are volunteer, unpaid positions but we treat them like employees. They are part of our team and family, and due all the respect owed to our team.

COMMUNITY GROUPS

    VETERANS IN ENERGY
    VETERANS IN ENERGY

    Accelerating careers in the Energy industry.

    VRG NETWORK
    VRG NETWORK

    Accelerating the 70+ veteran employee resource groups at major corporations.

    LGBTQ VETERANS
    LGBTQ VETERANS

    Bridging the gap between the LGBTQ and veteran communities.

    VETERAN CHRISTIANS
    VETERAN CHRISTIANS

    Connecting veterans and civilians to experience their faith journey together.

THE FOUR PILLARS OF COMBINED ARMS

    SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY
    SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY

    A home base for all, our co-working space builds connections between veterans, the 70+ membership organizations and civilians. Our integrated technology platform allows veterans and their families to complete the intake assessment from anywhere in the world.

    TECHNOLOGY
    TECHNOLOGY

    Efficiently connects veterans with 70+ service organizations who provide 450+ customized resources. This technology is also available via mobile download on iOS and Android, and allows for veterans to be referred to services in a matter of seconds!

    ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN
    ENGAGEMENT CAMPAIGN

    Reaching further upstream with geo-targeted content and campaigns to wrap our arms around transitioning veterans to ensure none fall through the cracks.

    IGNITING THE COMMUNITY
    IGNITING THE COMMUNITY

    Empowering veterans to step up and serve as community leaders to connect more veterans with social services and foster collaborative relationships.

Our Coalition

Member Organizations

Member organizations are the lifeblood of Combined Arms. They offer essential resources and support to veterans throughout the country. We work with these organizations to ensure that holistic resources are delivered to veterans efficiently and effectively.

Become a Member Organization today.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Cigar Night for Vets
Cigar Night for Vets
Lone Star Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aid
Family Services of Greater Houston
Family Services of Greater Houston
VEL Institute
VEL Institute
US Vets
US Vets
Texas Veterans Outdoors
Texas Veterans Outdoors
Team RWB
Team RWB
Career and Recovery Resources
Career and Recovery Resources
Goodwill Houston
Goodwill Houston
Council on Recovery
Council on Recovery
The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
Headstrong Project
Headstrong Project
Houston Veterans in Business
Houston Veterans in Business
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston
Dress for Success
Dress for Success
Volunteer Houston
Volunteer Houston
Texas Veterans Commission
Texas Veterans Commission
Paws for Heroes
Paws for Heroes
Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs
Fort Bend County Veteran Services
Fort Bend County Veteran Services
Give an Hour
Give an Hour
Grace After Fire
Grace After Fire
Project GRAD
Project GRAD
TexVet
TexVet
Easterseals
Easterseals
Impact a Hero
Impact a Hero
Travis Manion Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation
Gulf Coast Center
Gulf Coast Center
Lone Survivor Foundation
Lone Survivor Foundation
MyVA
MyVA
Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon
Fort Bend County Social Services
Fort Bend County Social Services
SER
SER
The Montrose Center
The Montrose Center
BakerRipley
BakerRipley
Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Interfaith Ministries
Interfaith Ministries
Workforce Opportunity Services
Workforce Opportunity Services
Beacon Law
Beacon Law
NextOP
NextOP
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project
Mental Health America
Mental Health America
Career Gear
Career Gear
Vet Center
Vet Center
Hope for the Warriors
Hope for the Warriors
Mission United
Mission United
Corporate America Supports You
Corporate America Supports You
Expedition Balance
Expedition Balance
Office of Veterans Affairs - Houston
Office of Veterans Affairs - Houston