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Friday Featured OrganizationS

September 11, 2009

Thanks to the DoD for the story. Newmans Own – the charity that the late great Paul Newman started and funds with those wonderful organic foods has given awards to the top ten military family assistance organizations. Some of the groups we have previously highlighted are on this list of the best organizations helping the military community. If you are looking for a group to donate to – grab one of these. I have linked to their websites (where I could, if anyone has the link to the Three Step Transformation site, please leave it in the comments, I’ll add it):

USA Together, a Web site based in Los Altos, Calif., similar to Craig’s List where injured servicemembers and their families can post ads for needed goods, services and financial contributions. The Web site allows the public, businesses and other veterans support groups a way to reach out to servicemembers in need. USA Together was the top recipient and received $15,000 for its program.

Vets4Vets, a San Diego-based national peer support group that helps Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans recover from psychological injuries sustained in combat. The organization has helped more than a thousand veterans across the country. Vets4Vets received $10,000 for its program.

— Homes for Wounded Heroes
, a program based in League City, Texas, under the Bay Area Builder’s Association’s Support Our Troops, Inc., that has built homes for four military families of severely wounded troops at no cost to the families. A fifth home is under construction. The program is working to get other home builder associations around the country involved in similar programs. Homes for Wounded Heroes received $7,500 for its efforts.

— Three Step Transformation, a Woodbridge, Va.-based program that provides online training to veterans and their families and gives resume-building assistance and job-placement opportunities. Three Step Transformation received $7,500 for its program.

Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark. The program provides education opportunities and learning assistance to wounded veterans. The program also provides physical and mental rehabilitation and helps veterans reintegrate into the civilian community. Beck Pride Center for America’s Wounded Veterans received $5,000 for its program.

Operation Patriot’s Call, of Winder, Ga. This partnership program between local veterans and civilians supports families of the 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment with the Georgia Army National Guard currently deployed to Afghanistan. The program builds a network of support among the families to help instill the same sense of community and support active-duty military families receive when their loved ones deploy. Operation Patriot’s Call received $5,000 for its program.

— Carolina Canines for Veterans
, of Wilmington, N.C., provides disabled veterans with trained service dogs. Carolina Canines for Veterans received $5,000.

— Camp C.O.P.E., Dallas
; a program designed for children of deployed or injured servicemembers to help them develop coping skills and to deal with the effects of war and deployments. Camp C.O.P.E. received $5,000.

— Support Our Wounded Heroes, of Pompton Plains, N.J.; a program of the Family & Friends For Freedom Fund, Inc., that provides grants and other support to families of wounded servicemembers. Support Our Wounded Heroes received $5,000.

— Expanding the Comfort [ I think they meant Sew Much Comfort] , of Burnsville, Minn.; a program that provides adaptive clothing to support the unique needs of wounded servicemembers, such as burn victims and veterans with prosthetics. Expanding the Comfort received $5,000.

— Camp STRIDE Wounded Warrio
r Fall Family Retreat, of Rensselaer, N.Y.; a program that partners youth athletes and wounded veterans with similar disabilities for a three-day retreat of kayaking, rafting, camping and hiking. Camp STIDE Wounded Warrior Fall Family Retreat received $5,000 for its program.

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  1. September 17, 2009 9:54 pm

    Thank you so much for putting this information out there! Operation Patriot’s Call is providing a safety net of community organizations and volunteers to help the families of the 1/121st while they are deployed. It is not so much to create a network within the families – they already have that common bond. What they don’t have is a base with services to help in times of need. That is where we step in – we have fixed toilets, mowed lawns, paid bills and provided support wherever we can. Thanks again for your publication!


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