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The Scout Blog is where we share our insights about the work we do and the communities we serve. It's also where you will find the latest news about our offerings, new clients, new partners and new hires.

Background on veteran homelessness and relevant facts

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines homelessness as living in a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter, or in transitional housing or as in a state of exiting an institution (e.g., a prison, hospital, or mental health facility). In the United States, an estimated of 578,424 people (of which, approximately 37,800 are veterans) experience homelessness on any given night (Henry et al. 2014).  There is general consensus in…

ScoutInsight Spotlight: Exploring Veteran Homelessness

ScoutInsight, the market research division of ScoutComms, is excited to launch our new monthly spotlight report. Each month, we’ll shine a spotlight on an issue that is important to the veteran and military family communities. Anyone who is a subscriber to the ScoutComms ScoutReport will automatically receive this report, so make sure you sign up here! Given that the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) Annual Conference wrapped up recently, we felt it befitting to focus on veteran…

ScoutComms Promotes Brian Wagner to President

ScoutComms Promotes Brian Wagner to President Wagner will take over business operations, freeing CEO Fred Wellman to focus on client advisory services & new business development May 28, 2019— Today ScoutComms is proud to announce that Brian Wagner, who joined the company in 2014 and previously served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will become the company’s first President, taking over responsibility for all business operations and overseeing day-to-day operations of the eight-year-old public relations, marketing…

Experienced PR Professional Caitlin Manaois Joins ScoutComms

Manaois will serve as ScoutComms account director and guide media relations efforts March 26, 2019 — Caitlin Manaois, an experienced public relations professional, has joined ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications, marketing and research firm focused on veterans and military families, as account director. She will lead client accounts and serve as senior media relations advisor. “Along with the ScoutComms team, I have a passion for amplifying the efforts of those who work tirelessly to improve their communities…

VA Researcher Dr. Kiersten Downs Joins ScoutComms

Air Force veteran & SVA board member will serve as new research manager of Scout Insight January 3, 2019 — Dr. Kiersten Downs, PhD, an Air Force veteran, accomplished Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health services researcher, and board member of Student Veterans of America (SVA), will join ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications and marketing firm dedicated to providing services that support veterans and military families, as research manager on February 1, 2019. She will serve as…

ScoutComms is Official Public Relations Partner of the 2018 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards

Fredericksburg, VA, July 9 – ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications, advocacy, philanthropic strategy and market research firm dedicated to providing services that support veterans and military families, is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner of the 2018 Military Times Service Members of the Year Awards. Since 2001, the Military Times Service Members of the Year (SMOY) Awards have honored one outstanding member from each branch of service. They are selected based on exemplary military…

Be out. Be proud. Be vocal.

By: Chance Browning This week concludes LGBTQ Pride Month, and as I reflect on the progress that has been made on behalf of LGBTQ people through the years, and the recent setbacks we have endured along the way, I keep coming back to what Harvey Milk said about the significance of being out and proud: “You must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and will hurt them, but think about…

ScoutComms Honored as 2018 ‘Best For The World’ Company for Positively Impacting Workers, Environment, Community and Customers

Veteran-owned company receives B Lab’s highest recognition possible after only three years as a Certified B Corporation Fredericksburg, VA, June 12 – Today, ScoutComms was recognized by the nonprofit B Lab as a “Best for the World” company across three categories — Overall, Best for Workers, and Best for Community — as a result of its proven ability as a for-profit business to create an extraordinarily positive impact in the world. ScoutComms is proud to be…

Memorial Day: Commemorating our Fallen Since 1971

By: Kait Gillen I was barreling down the road on my morning commute when a large sign caught my eye. It read: “Happy Memorial Day. Thank you for your service.” I felt a deep eye twitch set in and began an internal monologue of frustration which, naturally, I will now share with all of you. Maybe it’s because I work in PR, maybe it’s because I’m a military spouse, or maybe both, but the message “Happy Memorial…

5 Major Event Planner Pet-peeves

By: Shannon McMurray Before I joined the ScoutComms team, I worked in the wedding and event industry. As a certified event planner, I worked up to thirteen hour days, handling everything from chasing down the hors d’oeuvres to testing out photo booths, consoling emotional brides and more. Even though weddings were something I enjoyed and those experiences are helping me plan my own wedding, I am relieved to be in a more relaxed environment, free of…