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April ScoutInsight Monthly Spotlight: “Woman Owned. Veteran Brewed.” A Talk with the Veteran Behind Backward Flag Brewing

Today (April 7) is National Beer Day and given the hardships that we are facing as a global community due to the COVID-19 crisis, our team at ScoutInsight wanted to…

Today (April 7) is National Beer Day and given the hardships that we are facing as a global community due to the COVID-19 crisis, our team at ScoutInsight wanted to focus on an industry that is near and dear to our hearts…craft brewing! For the entire month of April, we will be celebrating our passion by sharing a new piece of content focused on women veterans and brewing. To start us off is this interview…

Results: ScoutInsight Flash Poll on COVID-19

Last week, ScoutInsight launched a flash poll to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the military-connected community. Over the weekend, nearly 200 individuals, including veterans, service members, military…

Last week, ScoutInsight launched a flash poll to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the military-connected community. Over the weekend, nearly 200 individuals, including veterans, service members, military family members and caregivers, participated in the survey. Below are our findings: 27.22% of respondents said that they are slightly, moderately or extremely likely to experience food insecurity (such as lack of access to school lunch meals, inability to find necessary household items, etc.) as…

Military Times and ScoutComms Partner on Annual ‘Best for Vets’ Ranking Surveys

Military Times and ScoutComms Partner on Annual ‘Best for Vets’ Ranking Surveys ‘Best for Vets’ Employer Survey Opens March 18 (March 18, 2020)—The national independent news outlet Military Times and ScoutComms, Inc., a Certified B Corporation and the nation’s leading communications and marketing firm dedicated to providing services and research that support veterans and military families, have announced a new partnership on the annual ‘Best for Vets’ Employers and Colleges rankings. ScoutComms will provide the research and survey analysis…

ScoutInsight Flash Poll Results: Opinions of the Military-Connected Community on U.S. Engagement with Iran

Earlier this month, President Trump ordered a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Gen. Soleimani was the second most powerful person in Iran behind Ayatollah Khamenei and was considered by many to be his right-hand man. In the wake of this, tensions escalated between Iran and the U.S., leading ScoutInsight to send out a flash poll via our social networks and the Veterans Research Network (VRN),…

December ScoutInsight Monthly Spotlight — Military Veterans and Access to Medical Cannabis

December 3, 2019 — by Dr. Kiersten Downs, Research Director, ScoutInsight; Téa Le, Research and Marketing Intern, ScoutInsight; Céilí Peake, Research and Marketing Intern, ScoutInsight It is unclear just how many veterans currently use medical cannabis. Demographics generalizable to the entire veteran population are difficult to obtain, due in part to federal restrictions preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from conducting clinical trials into outcomes of its use. However, a 2017 national poll reveals that an…

9-years and counting

  I started ScoutComms 9-years ago in my basement when I saw that there were few if any veterans in the public relations agency sector. Since then we’ve grown and become a premier national niche agency and Best For the World global benefit corporation. We have built a firm with an unmatched knowledge of the veteran and military family communities while touching on a broad range of larger sectors from higher education to mental health to…

October ScoutInsight Monthly Spotlight – Toxic Exposure and Military Service — What We Need to Know

October 30, 2019 – by Dr. Kiersten Downs, Research Director, ScoutInsight and Céilí Peake, Research and Marketing Intern, ScoutInsight  ScoutInsight, the market research division of ScoutComms, recently conducted a survey for Warrior Centric Health (WCH), a veteran-owned company focused on educating medical practitioners in the private sector about the healthcare needs of military veterans. The survey explored veterans’ experiences seeking medical care in the private sector. When respondents were asked what they felt medical practitioners should be knowledgeable about…

September ScoutInsight Monthly Spotlight: Student Veterans in Higher Education

September ScoutInsight Monthly Spotlight: Student Veterans in Higher Education September 24, 2019 – by Dr. Kiersten Downs, Research Director, ScoutInsight and Céilí Peake, Research and Marketing Intern, ScoutInsight The last couple of years have resulted in important advancements to veteran higher education legislation, including passage of the landmark Forever GI Bill, streamlining student loan forgiveness for 100% service-connected disabled veterans, and a proposed amendment to close the 90-10 loophole that for-profit schools use to unethically target military veterans while increasing…

ScoutComms Honored as 2019 ‘Best for the World’ B Corporation

Veteran-owned company receives B Lab’s highest recognition for Certified B Corporations for 2nd year in a row Alexandria, Va., September 5, 2019 — ScoutComms has been 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.  This is the fourth year in a row…

ScoutInsight Spotlight: Military and Veteran Caregiving 

July 29, 2019 – by Dr. Kiersten Downs, Research Director, ScoutInsight It is important to proceed through the caregiving journey with caution, armed with knowledge about how caregiving can affect our relationships, our wellbeing, and our health. Otherwise we put ourselves at risk for increased mental and physical illness, and put the ones we love at risk of losing our support and any independence gained. The statement “put on your own oxygen mask first” took on a…