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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…

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…