The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it will award $501,828 to 32 organizations as part of its summer session of Capacity Building grants. The Capacity Building Grants are DVNF’s way of touching the lives of veterans through organizational partners throughout the country. Each of these groups meets the specific mental and physical health needs of veterans in their respective communities, and they do so in their own unique ways. Whether through addressing the needs of homeless veterans, training service dogs, providing outdoor recreational therapy, or anything in between, these 32 organizations were selected because of the impact of the work they do for veterans “Each one of these organizations helps to tackle common challenges faced by our veterans, and none of them do it the same way,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj. Ret.). “We
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) announced that it will launch an advisory board, which will be chaired by Dr. Rory Cooper, the Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL). The goal of the advisory board is to offer special counsel to the DVNF board of directors on the current and future trends of issues related to veterans. Of major importance to DVNF is the physical and mental health of veterans. Dr. Cooper, a paralyzed Army veteran, has served as the Director of HERL for many years, and has established a stellar reputation among his peers in the veteran and scientific communities. He has successfully invented many state-of-the-art technologies that allow for increased mobility and quality of life among veterans and others with disabilities. In a statement, Benny Bachand, President of the DVNF board of directors, lauded Dr.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has issued its program report for the first half of 2017. The organization’s two primary programs, Capacity Building Grants and the Health & Comfort program, have reached veterans all throughout the United States so far in 2017. DVNF’s Health & Comfort program sends 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 at least twelve different states through eleven shipments, including two shipments of suits of suits for veterans pursuing jobs. As for the organization’s Capacity Building Grants, it had one open session of grants in the spring, granting $436,000 to 32 organizations. The Capacity Building Grants are DVNF’s way of touching the lives of veterans through organizational partners throughout the country who offer programs
WASHINGTON, DC – June 15, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announces the addition of three new members to its board of directors. As part of the organization’s commitment to diversity, and in line with its ongoing promise to enhance its overall operations, DVNF has added three new members to its board with professional experience that will serve the organization well. Anna Saez is a U.S. Army veteran, a retired staff sergeant. Anna brings many financial and administrative skills and capacities to DVNF, with a track record of building high functioning partnerships and effectively communicating with stakeholders to facilitate decision making. Ms. Saez has over two decades of professional experience in the field of financial accountability, serving as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at accounting firms with nonprofit clients, as an Audit Manager at the Federal
WASHINGTON, DC – May 25, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org), is calling on all Americans to remember the men and women who died fighting for our nation this Memorial Day. The organization wants everyone to remember why this holiday is important. Monday, May 29th, will mark the 2017 Memorial Day holiday. The holiday, originally named “Decoration Day,” began after the Civil War to remember both the Union and Confederate forces that died in combat. The holiday has continued through the years, though Memorial Day was never officially enacted as a federal holiday until 1971. Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of DVNF, recently issued a statement about this year’s Memorial Day holiday: “With the excitement of the coming summer months, many never pause to recognize the true importance of this day. It’s not surprising that people
WASHINGTON, DC – May 18, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it has sent a shipment of over $175,000 worth of necessities to assist veterans attending the Aurora Veterans Week in the Chicago area. The Aurora Veterans Week is hosted by the Aurora Veterans Advisory Council (AVAC). Located in Aurora, IL, AVAC was founded in 1998 to address the most pressing issues impacting local veterans. Last year, they instituted the first annual “Vets Week Aurora,” which is an entire week dedicated to raising money for, and increasing awareness of, veterans in need. This will be the second year DVNF has supported the event, and like last year, DVNF representatives will be on hand to help give out the shipment sent through its Health & Comfort program. [caption id="attachment_1658" align="alignright" width="300"] DVNF’s John Paruch speaking
WASHINGTON, DC – May 3, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) will be providing suits and other business attire to veterans transitioning into civilian life through its partnership with the men’s clothing company, Joseph A. Bank. On May 19th, veteran participants of Onward 2 Opportunity (O2O), a nonprofit organization in North Carolina, will graduate from this vocational program. DVNF, in partnership with the organization, will be giving free suits and other dress clothing to the new graduates at an event on Saturday, May 6th. Onward 2 Opportunity is a comprehensive training and career placement service for transitioning service members that provide training and testing for real-world certifications in the following: IT, Project Management, Hotel Management, JAVA, and Customer Service. After training is complete and certifications earned, O2O works with these graduates to ensure job placement. While the program
WASHINGTON, DC – April 13, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is announcing that it will grant $436,000 in funding to 28 organizations through its Capacity Building Grants program. The Capacity Building Grants are DVNF’s way of touching the lives of veterans through organizational partners throughout the country. Each of these groups makes a difference in the lives of veterans in their respective communities in their own unique ways. Grant recipient organizations all work to support the mental and physical wellness of veterans, but they do so in very different ways. Whether through addressing the needs of homeless veterans, training service dogs, providing outdoor recreational therapy, or anything in between, these organizations were selected because of the outstanding work they do. “DVNF is pleased to offer its financial and organizational support to help these groups expand or
WASHINGTON, DC – April 6, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is calling on Americans to help spread the word about alcohol awareness among veterans during the month of April. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this is an issue that is especially relevant to many veterans. Alcohol and PTSD often go hand-in-hand, with many veterans using it as a way to self-medicate. However, it is also worth noting that alcohol use is often ingrained in veterans before they even exit the military. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism demonstrates just how prevalent the alcohol culture is for military personnel: Frequent heavy drinking, defined as consuming five or more drinks on one or more occasions per week, occurs among a substantial proportion of U.S. military personnel and varies as a function of military demographic characteristics.
WASHINGTON, DC – March 15, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced the launch of its new website, as well as a new logo in an effort to help push the organization forward. In an effort to improve upon the organization’s image and services it provides to veterans, it was determined that it was time for a new look. Since 2017 will mark the 10 year anniversary of DVNF, the organization felt it was an opportune time to launch a new site. Visitors to the site will find a cleaner, more user-friendly website. A major goal was for veterans who are in search of information and resources to be able to access it effortlessly. In addition, the organization wanted to call more attention to the challenges veterans face while also featuring the success stories of those
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