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”

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Approves 32 Organizations to Receive $325,00 in Grant Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – May 11, 2016 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) (www.dvnf.org), is announcing that it has approved 32 new organizations to receive $325,000 in grant funding through it’s Capacity Building Grants program.

These organizations were selected for grant funding based off of a number of specific criteria established by DVNF. Grant funding is intended to go to like-minded organizations, whose programs aim to support the mental and/or physical health and wellbeing of veterans. Continue reading “Disabled Veterans National Foundation Approves 32 Organizations to Receive $325,00 in Grant Funding”

Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta to Speak at ‘Comfort Our Vets’ Fundraising Gala to Benefit Michigan Veterans

Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) to Host Event on Thursday, April 14 at the Detroit Golf Club

DETROIT, MICH. (MARCH 14, 2016) – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation proudly announced today it will host a fundraising gala featuring war hero, author and inspirational speaker Sal Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. The event will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5:30 until 10 p.m. at the Detroit Golf Club, 17911 Hamilton Road, Detroit, MI 48203. The event, sponsored by xxxxx, includes dinner and a Detroit-artist auction that will benefit the more than 5,000 homeless veterans throughout Michigan. Continue reading “Medal of Honor Recipient Sal Giunta to Speak at ‘Comfort Our Vets’ Fundraising Gala to Benefit Michigan Veterans”