DVNF E-Newsletter: A great start to 2018

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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

WATCH: Homeless Veterans in Jacksonville Receive Help from DVNF

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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

VIDEO: Honoring Veterans and Active Duty Military

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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’s Resolution for Veterans

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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

Our Favorite Photos from Events in 2017

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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

Delivering Resources to Veterans in Need

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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

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

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