“Progress starts with honest discussion…Reaching understanding of these issues takes more than speech. It does take a conversation. In fact, it takes a constellation of conversations in places big and small. And it takes a willingness to see stark differences in belief as a reason to begin the conversation, not to avoid it.”
- Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Military Acceptance Project (MAP) is a non-profit organization that promotes understanding, acceptance and equality for all service members, veterans and their families. We provide direct services, resources and education for both individual service members and organizations.
Founded in January 2011 by graduate students at the University of Southern California who were themselves service members, combat veterans, military family members and military supporters, MAP’s founders share a dedication to service members and a passion for community service.
MAP’s work is rooted in the values of both social work and the US military.
|Social Work Values||US Military Values|
|Dignity & Worth of the Person||Integrity|
|Importance of Human Relationships||Honor|
According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW):
“The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.”
It is from these powerful traditions that we define our mission:
Promoting acceptance through enlightenment, empowerment and service.
We believe that all people who willingly support and defend the Constitution of the United States deserve to feel accepted and be treated equally. This is important not only for the individual service members, but for unit cohesion and mission accomplishment as well.
That’s why we believe – Acceptance is Mission Critical.