You’re doing so much good for veterans – thank you! Here are just three examples of your support from this past summer:
Thanks to you, a hurting vet will get a medical service dog.
Its life changing!
You’re helping to train a medical service dog for a veteran in need. Service dogs mean new hope for veterans suffering with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, mobility disorders, and other health challenges. Now, a veteran will receive one of these loyal, life-saving friends, trained and placed by Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, because of your caring support.
Thanks to you, more veterans are navigating the benefits process and getting the help they deserve!
You made it possible for our executive director, Phil Kraft, to present a class for veterans and their families on the benefits and services available to them. The session was held at the United Auto Workers (UAW) Black Lake Conference Center in Onaway, Michigan. This is vital information vets need.
More veterans are getting access to health benefits, because of your support.
You’re providing laptops and tablet computers for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Service Officers nationwide, so they can help veterans file claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans deserve this health care, and thanks to you, more will receive it.
This is in addition to the hundreds of veterans who have received medical assistance, financial support, and more, through your caring gifts. You’re saving and changing veterans’ lives.
Because you were there for them, Leigh Ann and her kids are doing fine now. Thank you!
This happens all the time. Veterans give everything to serve our country and then come home only to struggle to keep a roof over their heads and buy food for their children. It’s what Leigh Ann went through.
A decorated Army veteran, Leigh Ann served in combat in Iraq with honor. She made her country and her family proud. But once she left the Army, everything went wrong.
“I could provide for my kids while I was in a combat zone,” she says, “but once I came home, I can no longer even take care of me, let alone anyone else.” As many veterans often find when they return home from active duty, Leigh Ann found it difficult to find a job. She finally did find some part-time work, but it wasn’t enough to support herself and her two kids.
Bills and rent went unpaid until the unthinkable happened. Leigh Ann and her children were going to be evicted from their apartment. The indignity of it! Leigh Ann did the right thing for her country and was going to be tossed out onto the street.
Thankfully, you were there with your support to help. Because of your generosity, Leigh Ann received money to cover her overdue rent, and she received a debit card for groceries and other essentials at a local Wal-Mart. It meant the world to her.
“I want to thank you for all the wonderful things you have done for my family,” she says. “I appreciate you saving me, but mostly my family. My kids have endured so much from this deployment, and I want to thank you for them.”
Leigh Ann’s story tells you how much your support means and why it’s so important for all of us, together, to serve those who serve our country. Thank you for giving!
Too often, veterans don’t get the appreciation they deserve for their service. It’s true, don’t you think? Just look at what happened to Mark.
Mark joined the Army after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. He went through Basic Training with flying colors, and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Mark’s dedication was unmatched. He focused on doing a good job for his unit and his country. He served with honor, and after four years of active duty, Mark received an honorable discharge.
He didn’t know it then, but his challenges were just beginning. As a civilian, Mark struggled to find a job. It took weeks even to get a few interviews. When he did finally did find employment, it was low-paying work that barely covered expenses. Still, he was happy to have it.
But then, he began to struggle emotionally. He was having trouble making ends meet. He couldn’t relate to his coworkers. He was becoming more isolated. So, when he learned that a friend and fellow veteran had tragically committed suicide, Mark felt duty bound to go to the funeral. He felt his friend’s pain. He had to pay his respects.
“Thank you for all your help!” That’s what Mark has to say about the caring support you give.
Problem was, attending the funeral took every cent Mark had. When he returned, there was nothing left for rent and utilities. He was facing eviction.
Did he end up homeless? He would have, but your support was there. Thanks to you, Mark received help with this overdue rent and other bills.
“I am completely in shock,” he says. “I still can’t stop crying. May the Lord bless your organization. Thank you for all of your help.”
Mark’s story tells you everything you need to know about how much good you do with each gift you give. Thank you for doing so much to help veterans.