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Welcome to the second newsletter for EagleForce Warrior Foundation. I hope this finds you safe and well.
In the last three months, we have helped veterans and their families ranging from the Washington, DC area to as far away as Texas. We have established contacts, and relationships with all five service branches of the military Wounded Warrior programs and the VA for improved coordination for those in need of our services. We have fostered and nurtured partnerships with sponsors and supporters. And we have strengthened our internal processes to improve our social media presence, added avenues to more easily donate, improved behind-the-scenes business processes, and completed our first virtual run/walk. We also implemented a targeted marketing campaign to bring awareness of the Foundation’s services through advertisement on WAMU 88.5 FM, participated in interviews on WXGG 104.1 FM and WHUR 96.3 FM, and hosted two Facebook LIVE events. It has been a busy time!
Like most, fundraising during this time has been challenging. Since we were unable to hold our annual golf tournament and gala, we pivoted and conducted a virtual 5k/10k run/walk. The run/walk was held for the entire month of November to honor Veteran’s Day and to coincide with Warrior Care month. Through the tremendous support of donors, we collected $12,715 to support the Foundation. This first run/walk will serve as a template for future events. I’d like to thank everyone who supported the Foundation through donations or run/walk participation. I’d also like to thank our sponsors and partners at Merrill, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Executive Education, Sigma Alpha Gamma, Sigma Chi Epsilon, New View Eye Center, and Capital Caring Health.
As we head toward 2021, the Foundation remains dedicated to supporting our Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families. Every individual we help is at a stopping point in their lives. Your donations and support, through EagleForce Warrior Foundation, enables and empowers that individual and their family to move their lives forward toward a successful transition from the military to veteran and civilian life. That is the impact and power of your support! We look forward to hearing from you in the new year!
It’s difficult sometimes to see where donations and contributions go and the impact that they make. We took a look at requests made for support from the Foundation and created the table below to illustrate how far your contribution goes and the potential impact a contribution or sponsorship can make. Your support enables service members and veterans to overcome a barrier to success and to move forward with their transition to civilian life. Thank you to everyone for your contributions!
|Donation Amount||Impact for Success|
|$50||Incidentals for families unexpectedly needing to visit their Wounded Warrior at Walter Reed Hospital|
|$100||Funding brother to drive from and return to Pennsylvania for brother’s memorial service|
|$250||Funding for parents to drive from and return to Tennessee for son's memorial service|
|$300||Cost of rent at VETSHOUSING for a transitioning veteran|
|$500||Post funeral memorial assistance|
|$1,000||Navy Lodge housing for a family of a veteran being treated for a brain tumor|
|$2,500||Apartment deposit and partial rent for veteran and family when DOD and VA pay systems experienced delays|
|$3,000||Badly needed vehicle overhaul to support a special needs child and for veteran to reach new employment|
|$10,000||One year of funding the "No One Dies Alone” initiative, ensuring no veteran is alone at end of life|
Our goal is to reduce the stress for our Veterans and allow them to focus on healthy outcomes and well-being. Here is a snapshot of veterans in need and impact of support.
TRANSPORTATION/LODGING: A veteran and his family needed transportation and family lodging to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, to treat a brain tumor. Treatment would take several visits, and someone needed to accompany the veteran. The Foundation provided funding for ground transportation, lodging and incidentals.
PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS: There was a delay in the processing of retired pay, causing a new veteran to seek assistance with an apartment down deposit and partial month’s rent. The Foundation was able to assist the veteran and help her avoid returning to an abusive relationship at her temporary housing and enabled her to successfully transition to her own home and safety.
TRANSPORTATION/INCIDENTALS: An active duty officer passed away unexpectedly. His parents and brother did not have the means to drive to Washington, DC, for his memorial service. The Foundation funded ground transportation for his parents to drive from Tennessee and his brother to drive from Pennsylvania to attend the memorial service.
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION: A congressional staffer called seeking help for a constituent veteran in West Virginia who needed help getting to an oncology appointment. The Foundation made all arrangements with the local Uber drivers and paid for his ride to and from the appointment.
INTERMENT/REPASS SUPPORT: A veteran passed away after a long struggle with cancer. His family was unable to afford refreshments at his memorial service. The Foundation funded the catering service to assist the family.
BURDEN LIFTED & EMPOWERMENT: A single-mother veteran who was starting a new job that required a commute and care of a special-needs child needed assistance maintaining her vehicle. The Foundation assisted with paying for the repairs, letting her be independent and successful.
This holiday season, the Foundation helped 16 service members and veterans in need of financial support. Each military Wounded Warrior program was asked to nominate individuals who could use some financial assistance this holiday season. It was an honor to provide each of them with prepaid cards they could use for whatever purpose was most pressing to them – paying bills; making the holidays more festive; whatever they needed.
During this holiday season, please consider making a donation to the EagleForce Warrior Foundation. Be it as a new individual supporter, a partner or a corporate sponsor of the Foundation; a returning supporter; or making an end of year donation, all contributions make a meaningful impact on the Service Members, Veterans and Families we serve!
Donating is now even easier! Text vet2vet to 44321 and donate on the go!
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