Newsletter March 2019

March 2019 Newsletter

Honor Dignity Respect

We’re growing!

I’m pleased to inform you that HonorBound Foundation has expanded out West, opening a new office in Tempe, AZ.

Since setting up shop in Tempe, we’ve been incredibly active in the community. Using my 30 years of experience in veterans services, I’ve been working with local businesses to raise awareness on veterans issues. These connections will help us increase our visibility; joining forces with organizations across the state will broaden our reach and help us assist more veterans.

I witnessed the solar spectacle visible only on Veterans Day at Anthem, Arizona — breathtaking.

There’s a tremendous need in Arizona, veterans here are suffering. In fact, there are SIX TIMES more veterans in the Grand Canyon State than there are in Connecticut.

In January, I attended the two-day Arizona StandDown event at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. More than 1,300 veterans and members of their families came for assistance on the first day alone, many waiting outside in the cold all night. In all, nearly 2,000 veterans attended the event. Dozens of local and national organizations participated, which strengthened the support network for veterans in Arizona.

One thing is for certain: there is no shortage of veterans and their families in dire need of assistance — and I’m not just talking about Arizona.

The StandDown event symbolizes a community coming together to support its local heroes. I hope to help facilitate more events like this one across the country.

Events like the StandDown undoubtably change thousands of lives, but once a year just doesn’t provide enough support for veterans who struggle every day.

Thank you for supporting the brave men and women who sacrificed so much while protecting our freedoms.

With Honor, Dignity and Respect,

Phil Kraft
Executive Director

“BOOTS” IS IN THE HOUSE

In other news, HonorBound’s medical service dog has been born! “Boots” will begin her training soon in Florida and will then be placed with a veteran who is struggling with PTSD. In September, HonorBound sponsored a dog by donating $25,000 to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

Boots and her brothers and sisters are paws-itively thrilled
to start their service dog training!