DVNF Veteran Employee Spotlight – Gary Hwang

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An Army Veteran who can handle whatever comes his way As part of DVNF’s commitment to serving the men and women who stood in our defense, we understand the importance of having team members who have been in their shoes. The following story gives some background on one of the veterans working at DVNF. Gary Hwang came to DVNF in September of 2017 as our Accounting Assistant. We're pleased to have this combat veteran join our team! Below is our interview with Gary about his background and his service. Tell us a little about your service – branch, rank, interesting positions you had, what your job was, where you served, when you served, how long, etc. Did you serve in combat? I served a total of 6 years from 2008 to 2014. I was in the MD National Guard for 3

What Grant Recipients Are Saying

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Partnerships Helping Our Heroes DVNF's Capacity Building grants are intended for like-minded organizations who support the mental and physical wellbeing of veterans in their communities through their own unique programs. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we are helping to make veterans' lives better together. Here's what some of our recent grantees are saying: .@DVNF grant to fund on-going programmatic activities for injured & disabled active duty and veterans nationwide.https://t.co/eHHE2gBIqW — ProjectHealingWaters (@PHWFF) August 21, 2017 For #BeAnAngel Day we'd like to recognize @DVNF for their support of our Semper Sound program! — Resounding Joy Inc (@RJoyInc) August 22, 2017 Big thank you to @DVNF for another year of support of our Operation Healthy Reunions program. Its always great to work with your team! — VCNCT (@2011vcnct) August 23, 2017 A big thank you to the @DVNF for their generous

Dr. Cooper Awarded the Service to America Medal

Dr. Rory Cooper Recognized for His Research and Development Contributions Congratulations to Dr. Rory Cooper, the Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL), who has been awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. He's truly deserving of this recognition! The awards ceremony — known as the Sammies — is an annual event where the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service recognizes the accomplishments of federal civil servants. Dr. Cooper's award was the Science and Environment Medal. DVNF is extremely proud to have contributed to the work that he and his team have conducted to improve the lives of so many disabled veterans! HERL has been the recipient of a grant from DVNF more than once, and we're honored to be a part of the groundbreaking work of HERL. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Cooper on this incredible achievement. We

DVNF to Host Veterans Day Resource Fair

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DVNF Veterans Resource Fair is on November 9th The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is set to host its first annual Veterans Day Resource Fair on November 9th to support veterans in the DC Metro area. What: In honor of Veterans Day, DVNF wanted to do something special to recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans by not only thanking them, but also by reaching out and giving back. The purpose of this event is to give veterans in the DC area an opportunity to receive many services from local government and nonprofit organizations. DC, Maryland, and Virginia employment and education officials will be in attendance, as well as several nonprofits that offer a variety of services to veterans, from benefits information to recreational therapy, and more. In addition to these useful resources, there will be free items

September is Suicide Prevention Month

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Help veterans to heal invisible wounds during Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month. For veterans, this is especially relevant. With nearly 20 veterans on average taking their own lives each day, no effort to prevent this horrible statistic is without merit. Battle wounds - whether physical or invisible - can debilitate veterans after their service. And the invisible wounds in particular are the ones that tend to fester and grow over time. The struggles of guilt, the feelings of horror, and the stresses of life all seem to be compounded once a veteran has finished his or her service, and if not being properly treated for these ticking time bombs, things can turn south in a hurry. So let's do all we can to help prevent veterans from taking their own lives! Spread the word, and please share the

Remembering September 11th

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September 11th - A day that will not be forgotten Today, we remember September 11th. It is remarkable how that fateful day in 2001 has changed life as we know it. So many veterans, wanting to right the wrong that had been done to our nation, jumped into service. And now, so many of their lives have been affected as a result, and many have families who share their burdens. That is the burden of freedom, and it always comes at a cost. There were so many grim feelings that we all felt on that day. The vulnerability, the panic, the anger, the confusion ... it didn't make sense! How could this happen to the United States? If that happened, what else could be possible? Suddenly, nobody felt safe. That's why the courageous men and women who stood in our defense during and

DVNF’s Mid-Year Program Report

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How DVNF Programs have helped our veterans in 2017 Health & Comfort One of the most difficult things for us to do as a nonprofit is celebrate accomplishments, knowing there are so many more veterans in need of help. However, it is important to measure the impact of our programs. One such program DVNF has is the Health & Comfort program, by which we send critically-needed items like clothing, toiletries, and other vital goods to homeless and low-income veterans at stand down events and shelters. This program has already reached veterans in communities up and down the United States so far in 2017. So far this year, we’ve sent 11 Health & Comfort shipments! Thousands of veterans now have clothing they may not have been able to afford, a new suit to help them land a job, or even something as

DVNF Veteran Employee Spotlight – Tammi Jean Franklin

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A Female Veteran with a Unique Experience As part of DVNF’s commitment to serving the men and women who stood in our defense, we understand the importance of having team members who have been in their shoes. The following story gives some background on one of the veterans working at DVNF. Tammi Jean Franklin, DVNF’s Donor Services Specialist, is a Navy veteran who came to DVNF in 2016. She is a Vietnam Era Sailor, and the story of her military experience as a woman in the 1970’s is best understood through the culture of the time. It’s quite remarkable how far we’ve come since that time. Tammi Jean served in the Navy from 1973-1977. She enlisted at age 18. In contrast to today’s standards, “girls and boys” were not considered adults until the age of 21 so Tammi Jean’s parents had to

Remembering Heroes of D-Day

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The overcast sky was an appropriate omen to the reality of that summer day. The humming of planes resonated loudly. Even if the men could hear one another talking, no one spoke a word. There was a certain understanding of what they would soon face, and their likely last moments would be spent in self-reflection. Though internally overwrought with fear, acceptance of their likely fates and recognition of this just cause gave them some sense of serenity. The droning engines were soon peppered with loud, intermittent booms. A passive thunder on such an overcast day seemed unsurprising. Through the gray fog, a faint glimpse of the rocky inlays of the shore could be seen, the beach shielded from vision by the tall bulkhead of the amphibious boats they occupied. The booms grew louder and louder. The closer to the shore

DVNF and O2O Give New Suits to Veterans

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Suits to veterans transitioning from the military On May 6th, DVNF teamed up with Onward2Opportunity (O2O) to give out new suits to veterans, as well as a full outfit of business clothing to these transitioning service members in North Carolina. The event marked the second shipment of business attire DVNF has sent this year through its corporate sponsor, Joseph A. Bank. Nearly $150,000 worth of dress clothing was given to the veterans who will graduate from O2O's vocational training program on May 19th. The goal of the shipment was to equip these veterans with new business clothing so they could be prepared for interviews and employment in a new civilian career. Onward to Success. Thank you, @DVNF! pic.twitter.com/0beqRWzf3D — Onward2Opportunity (@Onward2Opp) May 6, 2017 Onward 2 Opportunity is a comprehensive training and career placement service for transitioning service members. They