About Us

Pathfinder.vet was created to ease military Veteran transitions back into civilian life. We give Veterans and their friends and family members a way to rate, review, and connect with local community resources.

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How It Works

Pathfinder Labs is much more than a services and benefits database or even a way to close the feedback loop for resources and programs. We added machine learning and natural language processing every step of the way to improve first time experiences with services, and to help services improve their impact based on community needs.

Full Service Options For Military, Veterans, and Families

Search for resources. Local and national benefits and appeal advocates, healthcare, outdoor groups, service animals, housing, employment... plus find employers with milvet support networks, colleges with Veteran student clubs, and - with our Pathfinder Community app - see local small business offers, all on one platform.
Connect with services. If the resource has a "Verified" stamp, they are paying attention. Request more information or start requesting services right from the page.
Give anonymous feedback. Sharing your experience helps the provider know what they are doing well and how they can improve, and we make sure they see it. We never share details about you, and feedback isn't posted right away so you can be honest. Bonus points, your experience also gives other milvets in your community an idea of what to expect when they walk in the door, helping them make better decisions. Your input could save a life.
Learn about you. Our AI isn't just for organization improvements, it's for improving your well-being. We are refining personal data dashboards that will show you what your writing and feedback indicates about your stress, your motivations, and more. Plus fully personalizes your recommendations based on where those like you are finding success. Stay tuned for the system update that will bring all of this to life.

AI Analytics For Nonprofits, Corporate Veteran Employee Support, Government Programs, and More

In addition to helping with the connection and feedback process, giving you impact information all year, and increasing your outreach and engagement, Pathfinder Labs uses the latest in natural language processing for psychometrics plus advances in machine learning to create standardized measurements of your program's impact. Our dashboards, quarterly impact summaries, and annual reports help you see what effect you have on participant resilience, loneliness, and anxiety in addition to dozens of other metrics. This information plus analysis on unspoken motivational drivers offers data-driven recommendations for program improvements, fundraising, reporting, grant-writing, and more. For more information about what we can do or the science of how it works, click a button below.

Why Pathfinder

The US Army began training military Pathfinders during WWII, building an elite force of airborne operators able to go behind enemy lines before missions in order to designate drop and landing zones. Before Pathfinders were added to the force, troops jumping into battle could be scattered over miles, endangering lives and the success of the mission. With extensive training in navigation, logistics, and ground-to-air techniques for guiding troops, Pathfinders filled a critical role in insertions during every major military operation since 1943. Pathfinders are assigned to long-range surveillance detachments, airborne and air assault infantry units, and special operations. Their motto -- "first in, last out" -- represents the dedication towards leading the way for the mission, and ensuring everyone who comes after them is taken care of. They are trailblazers and leaders, and above all they are helpers.

There are Pathfinders in every branch of service, using their training and experience to guide others into and through successful missions. Now we are creating another type of Pathfinder in every community, Veterans and family members who were "first in" able to anonymously share their experiences to guide others towards getting help and support from local resources and organizations.

Become a Pathfinder

In our community, anyone can be a Pathfinder: a Veteran, an active duty Servicemember, a Reservist or Guardsman, a family member or a friend. As a Pathfinder, you provide a needed service to others -- information straight from the source, from those who have been there -- while finding and receiving benefits yourself. Pathfinder.vet is here to help all community members to move smoothly through any stage of reintegration.

Pathfinders can:
  • Search for and find organizations helping Veterans and families
  • If a resource isn't listed, tell us about it so we can tell the community it exists
  • Connect quickly and easily with resources, opportunities, and services
  • Write a quick, 3 minute review of experiences with services assisting Veterans
  • Anonymously share the experience with others so they know what to expect

It is, and always will be, free to join the Pathfinder.vet community. Join the Community and start getting connected. We can't wait to hear from you.

What makes Pathfinder.vet special

We are using artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing algorithms, to make sure your reintegration is seamless. Every time you interact with the system, like write a review or follow an organization or business, you are tailoring your future recommendations and experiences. No other system like this for the Veteran community exists. We take your thoughts and opinions and do more than just share your anonymous words with the community to create improvements: we improve your experience through suggesting services most compatible with your needs. Pretty cool, right? Don't worry: any information is anonymized and secured in an encrypted, non-relational database. Our system is HIPAA and FERPA compliant, verifying we are protecting your information. We are rapidly moving to backup storage using blockchain technology. Blockchain has not been hacked.

Our Origin Story

Military to civilian reintegration is tough, and we know from experience. Our founder, Sergeant First Class Elana Duffy, was medically retired from the Army after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. She suddenly needed to find a job, housing, and Veteran benefits in New York City. Her military experience and education were little help without a local network, so she began enrolling with any Veteran services for which she was eligible.

As her network grew, so did her experience with Veteran service organizations. Some were great, providing everything from family and fitness activities and service dogs to benefits and financial assistance for Veterans. She also found some that could be improved and some services for which she did not qualify, and wished she'd known more about the organizations before spending valuable time registering. And the more she talked to the national network of Veterans and their families, the more she found shared experiences in military transition and reintegration that might have helped ease her reintegration. She met some with great stories of success, and some who would never return to certain services after a bad experience. It was clear that each experience was valuable, and every Veteran and family voice needed to be heard in order to improve community services.

In 2015, she formed a team and together they built Pathfinder.vet to start amplifying those Veteran, family, and community voices and start making changes in everything from local services to national organizations. Now we work hard to provide a secure network of information and experience to help every Veteran, family member, and Veteran community supporter - no matter what era of service or stage of transition.