Community Rowing, Inc. receives grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation for Military and Para Rowing Programs

Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI) is pleased to announce that the organization has received a $15,000 Capacity Building grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF). DVNF Capacity Building grants are awarded to organizations around the country who are addressing the mental and physical recovery of veterans in unique ways. CRI will use the funding to increase the number of veterans participating in the programs and to conduct a qualitative evaluation of the military program’s outcomes. “We are very thankful to the DVNF for this grant,” stated Ted Benford, Executive Director at CRI, “Funding for our Military and Para programs is essential for us to serve military service members and veterans free of charge and enable us to continue to grow the programs.” CRI’s Military and Para Programs help active duty serve members, disabled veterans, veterans, and their family members achieve

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Announces Nearly $300,000 in New Grant Funding to 20 Veteran Service Organizations

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it will award $295,800 to 20 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 20 organizations were selected because of the impact of the work they do for veterans. “Each one of these organizations tackles challenges faced by veterans every day, and none of them do it in exactly the same way,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj. Ret.). “We

DVNF Resource Fair is November 8, 2018 in Silver Spring, MD

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DVNF Veterans Resource Fair is on November 8th   The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) will host a Veterans Day Resource Fair on November 8, 2018 for veterans in the DC Metro area. What: In honor of Veterans Day, DVNF will recognize the service and sacrifice of all veterans by giving back. This event will give veterans in the DC area an opportunity to receive services from local government and nonprofit organizations. DC, Maryland, and Virginia employment and education officials will be in attendance, as well as several organizations 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 being offered to veterans who attend, including: Free Suits – Brand new business attire, intended for job-seeking veterans, made possible by Joseph A.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Sends Health & Comfort Shipment to Washington, DC VA Medical Center for Annual Stand Down Event

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it has sent a shipment of over $75,000 worth of necessities to assist veterans attending the Washington, DC VAMC Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down. This stand down event for homeless and low-income veterans will be hosted by the Washington, DC VAMC in Washington, DC on January 27th. The Washington, DC VA Medical Center is committed to helping avert and end homelessness in the veteran community. Here in our nation’s capital, the DC VAMC is doing its part through partnerships with city, state and federal agencies, a wide-array of programs and services, and the Annual Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down. This event is an entry point for services that will help lead veterans to independence and improved health. It provides a one-day, one-stop shop for homeless and at-risk veterans, with over

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Sends Over $65,000 Worth of Aid to Mobile, AL

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) has announced that it has sent a shipment of over $65,000 worth of necessities to assist veterans attending the Mobile Project Homeless Connect. This stand down event for homeless and low-income veterans will be hosted by Housing First in Mobile, Alabama on January 26th. Housing First, birthed as a homelessness task force in 1993, has developed into an organization that now serves 30 veteran men and women a day. Operating as a one-stop service center Monday through Friday, the facility offers public toilets, a laundry, showers, a daily meal, and access to an array of intervention services including, case management, mental health assessment, employment assistance and housing placement. DVNF partnered with Housing First in 2015 and is excited to work together again and support their January stand down. This will be the second

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Urges Veterans with PTSD and Depression to Seek Help During Winter Months

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is urging veterans with PTSD and/or depression to seek the help they need during the vulnerable winter months. Depression is an illness that tends to be exacerbated by cold temperatures and shorter daylight hours. Even when veterans have been coping with the illness, the winter months can often expose vulnerability, making it harder to handle alone.  DVNF is reminding veterans that there is no shame in getting treatment, as this is a medical illness, not a weakness. “Our veterans withstood countless perils throughout their military service, and decompressing from this can be a long process,” said Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of DVNF. “However, I want to remind veterans struggling with depression or PTSD that there is hope, and that the earlier you seek treatment, the better of you will be.” VanFonda

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Urges Department of Veterans Affairs to Reconsider Cut to Vital Program for Homeless Veterans

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org)  is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs’ to reconsider a recent proposal that would cut a major homeless veteran program’s budget. A  report from the Washington Post recently indicated that the VA planned to divert funding away from this $460 million joint program between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and the VA, called the HUD-VASH program. Under the proposal, they would instead reallocate the funding to VA hospitals to be used at their discretion. However, VA Secretary David Shulkin responded that there would currently be no change to the program. Disabled Veterans National Foundation CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.), states that this move could be devastating to the hopes of housing homeless veterans, emphasizing that more than half of these men and women suffer from a mental illness. “There

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Launches ‘Boots to Suits’ Program to Provide Veterans with New Business Attire

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) announces the launch of its new program, “Boots to Suits.” Through this new program, DVNF provides new Joseph A. Bank business attire to job-seeking veterans through various program partners that offer employment-related transitional support services. As part of the program, DVNF also provides $50 gift cards to these deserving veterans to cover the cost of tailoring their new suit. DVNF works with many program partners around the country who help veterans with transitional services, including employment training and job placement. Veterans within these selected programs are eligible to receive new Joseph A. Bank business attire. As of late 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that around 4.1 percent of male veterans, and approximately 4.9 percent of female veterans were unemployed. While this figure is congruent with the national population’s unemployment rate, veterans

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Applauds New VA Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is applauding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its newly formed Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee, to be chaired by former U.S. Senator, Elizabeth Dole. The goal of this committee will be to advise VA Secretary David Shulkin on matters that affect families, caregivers, and survivors across all generations, relationships, and veteran status, to help get a better understanding of how these individuals use VA care and benefits services, as well as other factors that influence access, quality, and accountability for those services. This committee will help give the VA better insight into the experiences of caregivers, and meet their needs accordingly. “The role of a caregiver is vital to the health and wellbeing of a veteran in need,” said CEO of DVNF, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Families of wounded

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Announces Over a Half Million in New Grant Funding to 32 Organizations

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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