Disabled Veterans National Foundation Calls for Remembrance on Memorial Day

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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 tend to forget the purpose of Memorial Day, but it is crucial that we never lose sight of why this day is so important.

“Since the beginning of the 20th Century, the United States has become a superpower of not only military might, but also a beacon of freedom. Sadly, yet heroically, so very many men and women have died while safeguarding the principles of the greater good that the United States represents. While their lives may have been lost, countless other lives have been saved as a result. That is something we cannot, and should not ever forget.”

In the weeks surrounding Memorial Day, DVNF has been involved in many events recognizing veterans. On Tuesday May 23rd, the organization attended the Aurora, IL Veterans Week, and handed out necessities for veterans in need through a shipment sent by DVNF’s Health & Comfort program. In addition, DVNF will participate in the USO Warrior Week beginning on Memorial Day. The week after Memorial Day, DVNF will be a presenting sponsor of the Veterans Golf Classic in South Carolina.

As the organization works to ensure veterans get the care and support they need, it is encouraging all Americans to take pause on Memorial Day, and remember the fallen heroes who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Sends Over $175,000 Worth of Aid to Illinois Veterans

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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.

DVNF’s John Paruch speaking at last year’s Aurora Veterans Week event.

Items included in this year’s Health & Comfort shipment include: blankets, Comfort Kits, assorted clothing items, shoes, socks, and other helpful care items like sunscreen and soap.

These items will be given out on Tuesday, May 23rd for the Vet Week Day of Giving. DVNF and other local and national organizations will provide assistance to the veterans attending. DVNF staff members will represent the organization to hand out supplies to veterans and to help in any other way they can.

“This event was incredible last year, and we are so honored that AVAC wanted to work with DVNF again,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Having an entire week dedicated to recognizing, supporting, and honoring veterans truly brings new meaning to what it means to serve our heroes, and DVNF is humbled to aid veterans in need at this event.”

This year’s Veterans Week will take place from May 20-29th. You can find the full schedule of events, here.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Provides $150,000 Worth of Business Attire to Transitioning Service Members in North Carolina

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 is open to all service members, traditionally over half of those in attendance are leaving the military due to an injury or illness. O2O works closely with the Wounded Warrior Battalion to bring this training to those who need to find another career.

DVNF will attend the event to present these veterans with brand new business attire from Joseph A. Bank. The shipment of clothing contains suits, dress socks, pants, shirts, belts, and sweaters. The total approximate value of the goods is nearly $150,000.

To assist these veterans even further, DVNF will also be giving out $50 gift cards to cover the cost of any necessary alterations and tailoring of the suits.

“DVNF is honored to be a part of the successful future of these heroes, and we hope this business attire will give them a boost in the civilian job market,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “We are also grateful for the collaboration of our partners, Onward 2 Opportunity, and Joseph A. Bank, for helping to make this possible.”

This will mark the second shipment of business clothing DVNF has sent to veterans on the job hunt this year. The first was at a job fair in Detroit, in which 150 former service members received free suits from the organization.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.

Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Announces $436,000 in Grants to 28 Organizations

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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 improve their services to veterans,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj. Ret.). “We know that each veteran responds to mental and physical challenges differently, and this program is our way reaching out to support those specific initiatives that address those challenges.”

These funds will be given as part of DVNF spring grant cycle, its first session of the year. The organization expects to give around $1 million in 2016 for the Capacity Building Grant program.

For more, visit www.dvnf.org.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Calls Attention to Alcohol Awareness Among Veterans

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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. In a large-scale survey, Bray and Hourani (2005) found that the prevalence of frequent heavy drinking in the military from 1980 through 2005 ranged from 15 to 20 percent.

DVNF is spreading the word about alcohol use among veterans during the month of April and encourages others to participate in the campaign to get veterans needing help the information and resources necessary so they can seek treatment.

“Alcohol use is very common in the military, but it becomes a problem for many who struggle to come to terms with traumatic experiences, or those who are struggling with other aspects of their lives,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “We want veterans to know that seeking treatment can save their lives, and we encourage others to help us get the word out.”

More statistics on alcohol use among veterans can be found on the DVNF website.

 

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Announces Launch of New Website

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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 who are working to overcome those challenges.

New Logo

Another change coinciding with the site launch is the introduction of a new logo. With this new look, DVNF hopes to incorporate feelings of pride in those who have served our nation, and in those who are still serving. They also hope to demonstrate a more modern approach to its programs and image.

“As DVNF works to ensure that our veterans are cared for, we are working to build new programs, and expand our current services,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “We feel that this new appearance will help set a solid base for the present and the future of the foundation.”

The new site launched on March 9th, and features a completely new layout and user interface. These changes can be found at www.dvnf.org.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Partners with Tailored Brands to Supply Veterans with Business Attire

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WASHINGTON, DC – February 23, 2017 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is announcing a new partnership with Tailored Brands that will send suits and other business attire to veterans in search of employment.

On Saturday, February 25th, a job fair will be held in Detroit, hosted by the Detroit VA. Through a new partnership with Tailored Brands, the parent company of Joseph A. Bank, DVNF has sent a shipment of new suits to this job fair to help veterans who are transitioning from the military and into a civilian job.

Veterans in search of employment will have the opportunity to pick out a suit and no cost to them. In addition, DVNF will provide these veterans with Visa gift cards to cover the cost of getting their new suit tailored, so they don’t incur any unnecessary financial burden.

“We want these vets to be able to dress for success. By providing them with high-quality business attire, vets will feel more confident, and better prepared for job interviews,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.).

“Plus, buying a suit can be a major financial burden that many don’t have the luxury to afford. So, we’re excited to help these veterans dress for the job they deserve.”

This is DVNF’s first shipment exclusively containing business attire, and the organization hopes to continue this type of effort at more veteran job fairs throughout the country in the future.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Sends Shipment of Goods Worth Nearly $170,000 to Albany Veterans Organization

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WASHINGTON, DC – February 8, 2016 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org) is announcing the shipment of around $170,000 worth of requested items to the Veterans Miracle Center (VMC), based in Albany, NY.

The VMC, opened in early 2015 by the aid organization Jezreel International, is a free “store” for veterans to select essential items they need but often struggle to afford. The VMC offers veterans anything from furniture to clothing to kitchen utensils and bedding. The organization has served over 3,600 veterans in need and continues to expand its reach.

For this shipment, the VMC specifically requested DVNF Comfort Kits, jackets, other clothing, reading glasses, and toiletries from DVNF.

DVNF’s shipment, valued around $170,000, was made possible through its Health & Comfort program, which has helped thousands of homeless and low-income veterans in the last couple of years. These shipments give veterans things like new clothes, toiletries, socks, and other health and hygiene supplies they struggle to afford, and the supplies are sent to stand down events and other shelters throughout the nation.

“The Veterans Miracle Center is making such a difference in the lives of veterans by providing this valuable service to those in need,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “It’s an honor and a pleasure for DVNF to send this support, because these partnerships are what give our veterans hope for a better future.”

The shipment marks the third time DVNF has worked with the Veterans Miracle Center, and the partnership has benefitted countless veterans in the Albany region.

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About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Selected as One of Two Beneficiaries for SpartanNash Scan Campaign

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WASHINGTON, DC – June 23, 2016 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF)(www.dvnf.org) is announcing its participation in the first-ever SpartanNash fundraising campaign supporting active duty military, veterans, and their families. This event will be a scan campaign at the company’s participating food stores from now until July 4th. Continue reading “Disabled Veterans National Foundation Selected as One of Two Beneficiaries for SpartanNash Scan Campaign”

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Provides $20,000 to Combat Marine Outdoors

WASHINGTON, DC – January 21, 2016 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org), is announcing that it will provide a $20,000 grant to Combat Marine Outdoors (CMO).

Combat Marine Outdoors is a Texas-based nonprofit organization that provides hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures for severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen. These excursions play a vital role in the rehabilitation of these American heroes. Continue reading “Disabled Veterans National Foundation Provides $20,000 to Combat Marine Outdoors”