Our Vision Every veteran has made sacrifices, and so many continue to face unimaginable difficulty for years after their service ends. DVNF works to meet their needs in unique ways, and our vision for the future is to provide hope for our heroes. Every veteran who is working to overcome mental and emotional challenges must do so in their own way. Some cope with this through outdoor recreation, some find peace through art or working with their hands, and others just need a community to share their experiences with. That's why DVNF's programs are unique, and that we work to enhance programs in veterans' communities throughout the country. We also work to meet the needs of our homeless and low-income veterans who are struggling to make ends meet, or need gainful employment. See why our work is so important, and where
DVNF's Health & Comfort program provides veterans with vital necessities, like clothing, personal care items, and health and hygiene supplies, but it also provides something else - hope. Maurice told us that he served in Vietnam, "deep in the jungle," as he said, from 1969-1970. It's truly unbelievable the amount of hell one person can experience in just 13 short months. Maurice's voice begins to fade a bit as he confesses that this single year of his life has impacted him since then. "I'm still trying to find my way back home." This quote is a brutal reality, and the horrors of war our men and women face aren't limited to their combat experience. The trauma they face often lasts for years, just like Maurice. PTSD affects the mind, body and spirit of veterans, and can be so difficult to
"We served, but right now, you're helping us." DVNF's Resource Fair hosted veterans in the DC Metro region, giving them a chance to come see all the services that are available to them in the area from government agencies and nonprofits. But to many, it meant more than just seeing what's out there. For some, this was an opportunity to experience a warmth and welcoming they haven't felt in a long time. For others, this was a chance to meet new people who have had similar experiences and understand their pain. Watch this powerful video, and see why it's so important to reach out and help our veterans.
Help us continue the momentum as we serve our heroes! Greetings! The new year is now in full swing, and so is DVNF! February, while a short month, is a very important month. It’s Black History Month, and it’s a time when we like to remember all the tremendous contributions to our military by African American service members and veterans. Over the years, we’ve had the chance to meet some truly remarkable individuals at various events, including a Tuskegee Airman and a Montford Point Marine. Their service to our country has not been easy by any means, and equality has been a long road, but we can’t overlook just how much they’ve meant to the safety and protection of our freedoms! DVNF Sends 2 Health & Comfort Shipments in January Our Health & Comfort program has been a major
DVNF recently helped homeless veterans in Jacksonville through our Health & Comfort program. It was in incredible showing of support for veterans who need it the most. Local and national organizations came together to care for these men and women, and DVNF’s shipment helped to pave the way. This just goes to show how much Americans from all walks of life truly appreciate the service and the sacrifices of those who served in our military. Not only that, but it also demonstrates a nationwide commitment to ensuring that homeless veterans receive the care and support they are due. DVNF's Health & Comfort program is a way for us to give to veterans in need. We send shipments of Comfort Kits, clothing, blankets, toiletries, and so much more to stand down events around the country. Sometimes it encourages veterans in need
Although it may seem calm at times, it's important to remember that we are still a nation at war and that we should still be honoring veterans and active duty military. There are men and women who stand ready to defend our nation from threats, and we can't forget the ever-present dangers that are out there. Many entities want to do our nation harm. They oppose everything we stand for as a nation, and though we may have our own internal struggles, our service members are there to protect us! So in 2018, while we continue to support veterans who have served our nation, let's make sure we honor those who are currently serving. Be sure to thank our heroes!
A new year can sometimes seem like an arbitrary time to suddenly begin to make drastic changes for personal improvement. However, making improvements in your health, lifestyle, and your overall wellbeing shouldn’t take a back seat to your busy life. Even if you hate New Years resolutions, there is no time like the present to get in shape and set up new healthy habits. Veterans tend to suffer from chronic illnesses more often than civilians, so maintenance of your body through proper diet and exercise are vital. Here are a few tips to consider when debating whether or not you should embark on a journey to a better you. Find the motivation You were used to daily PT when you were in the military, but once you’re a civilian, life can often get in the ways. However, it is extremely
Seeing the Impact Photos help to tell a story. They don't always tell the whole story, but they can give you a window to the heart of a story. DVNF participated, hosted, or supported in dozens of events in 2017 through our programs, and through other activities to reach out and touch the lives of the veterans we served. Here are some of our favorite photos from 2017. Detroit Hiring Fair This Detroit veteran's smile says a whole lot. Through our Boots to Suits program, DVNF provided veterans on the job hunt with a brand new suit and new business attire - for free. It's amazing how dressing well boosts confidence. Albany, NY - Veterans Miracle Center DVNF sent a Health & Comfort shipment to Albany to help the Veterans Miracle Center restock their free "store" for veterans. Not only did
DVNF's first resource fair a huge success On November 9th, DVNF hosted its first ever resource fair for veterans in the DC Metro area. Government representatives, nonprofit organizations, and additional providers such as staffing firms took part in the event. More than 50 veterans attended the event, and 33 veterans were given new business attire through our Tailored for Troops program! So many of the veterans we spoke with were overjoyed at the outpouring of support from their community. Some were in search of employment, some needed new clothing, and many others were simply looking for community. This event impacted one veteran in particular in a big way. This young Marine veteran was there with his wife and their two-year-old son. He told us that he had been having a difficult time since he left the Marine Corps, and had
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
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