Organizations Doing Good for Veterans and Their Families
There are more than 45,000 military and veteran non-profits in the United States. It's hard to know which ones are legitimate, and worth giving your time and hard-earned money. You need to know whether your donations are funding services for those in need, especially with so many recently exposed scams.
With respect and recognition at the core of our mission, we would like to recognize the following trusted organizations, many of which we have been privileged to work with and donate to over the years. We commend them for the quality of services they deliver to our nation's veterans:
Fisher House Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization established to provide support for the Fisher House program that provides free housing and "a home away from home" for the families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Since its founding in 1990 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, the organization has helped more than 305,000 families, saving them more than $360 million in out-of-pocket costs for housing and transportation.
Veterans Advantage honored Ken Fisher with our VetFamily Award in recognition of his leadership as the head of the Fisher House Foundation in 2010, and again in 2016 for his leadership as chairman of the Invictus Games for wounded veteran athletes in Orlando.Learn more at www.fisherhouse.org
Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
TopVet Bill Nelson is on the Board of Hope For The Warriors.Learn more at www.hopeforthewarriors.org
TAPS provides a variety of programs to offer compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in the Armed Forces, or as a result of service. TAPS has helped more than 70,000 surviving families, caregivers, and casualty officers since the nonprofit was founded in 1994.
Bonnie Carroll, who we honored as a HeroVet in 2010, founded the organization after her husband was killed in Alaska in a training accident.Learn more at www.taps.org
Give An Hour works to match military and veterans struggling with mental health and well-being with volunteer health professionals that can help them recover. The nonprofit has provided 210,000 hours of service with over 858 active volunteers and 390 partner organizations.
Veterans Advantage highlighted Barbara VanDalen and Give An Hour in 2008.Learn more at giveanhour.org
Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is a national non-profit organization that advocates for Vietnam Vets through legislation, community support, and local and national events that recognize veterans from all service eras. VVA's mission is to ensure that Vietnam Vets get the care and respect that they have earned.
Veterans Advantage Co-founder and CEO, Scott Higgins, is a personal friend of Bobby Mueller, the founder of Vietnam Veterans of America. Scott contributed financially to help get the organization off the ground in their early years and continues to support their advocacy work today.
We honored Rick Weidman, a former Army medic, as a HeroVet for his role as VVA's Executive Director of Government Affairs.Learn more at vva.org
With over 160 centers worldwide, the USO works to support military and vets with a variety of programs and services. The USO helps with everything from entertainment for our troops and helping soldiers stay connected with their families to assisting vets with transitioning back into their communities.
Veterans Advantage profiled Bruce Whitman, the Chairman of the organization, in 2011, when he was a TopVet leader at FlightSafety International. Veterans Advantage is a long-time supporter of USO fund-raising efforts and has partnered with the USO for many military and veteran events in and around New York City, including the launch of Veterans Week NYC. Veterans Advantage also ran a campaign for the USO where we provided complimentary online access to our exclusive benefits at over 120 USO Center around the world.
Serving all branches of the military, Semper Fi Fund provides emergency financial assistance to post 9/11 vets who are wounded, critically ill, or were injured during their service. The nonprofit also provides support for vets and their families to provide a smooth transition back into their communities.
The Marine Corps Ball is on the Intrepid each year, hosted by Gerry Byrne, a Marine Corp veteran on our board. Semper Fi Fund is one of the 3 recipients of the funds raised by this event, and Veterans Advantage proudly supports this event each year with our donation.Learn more at semperfifund.org
Honor Flight Network transports America's military veterans to Washington, DC to give them the opportunity to visit the memorials dedicated to their service and the service of their friends. Top priority is given to senior WWII vets and veterans who are struggling with terminal illnesses.Learn more at www.honorflight.org
Bob Woodruff, a journalist, was critically injured while reporting for ABC's "World News Tonight" in 2006. Bob spent 36 days in a medically-induced coma, and his wife, Lee, was introduced to many families of service members dealing with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries. While Bob eventually recovered, the Woodruff family made it their mission to help military and veterans struggling with these issues and many more.
Today, the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation has helped more than 2.5 million Veterans and Families by investing $45 million in innovative local and national programs and nonprofits. They have awarded over 370 grants for research, education, training, and other worthy causes.
Veterans Advantage supports the work of the Bob Woodruff Family Foundation, and our Board of Advisors member Gerry Byrne serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation.Learn more at bobwoodrufffoundation.org
The Intrepid Family of Foundations funds The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, The Fisher House Foundation, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and The Intrepid Relief Fund, making a difference in the lives of countless military, veterans and their families through aid and educational experiences.
Veterans Advantage supports the Museum and it's various educational programs, and Ken Fisher and Gerry Byrne, who are also on the board of the museum, are on our Board of Advisors.Learn more at www.intrepidmuseum.orgAbout-UsFamily-of-Foundations
As a scholarship program for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides much-needed support for struggling military kids and surviving spouses.
The organization was started by David Kim, Army Officer who went to West Point, and his wife, Cynthia, who happen to be neighbors of Veterans Advantage Co-founders Scott and Lin Higgins in Greenwich, Connecticut.Learn more at www.fallenpatriots.org
Operation Gratitude is a long-time partner with Veterans Advantage and sends Care Packages filled with entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, non-perishable snacks, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. Troops, First Responders, Veterans, Military Families, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers.
Our VetRewards Cards have been sent to the troops overseas through their care packages, and we deeply support their mission.Learn more at www.operationgratitude.com
OCC provides support and comfort to "adopted" units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within communities and through donations received from all over the country, OCC assembles and ships care packages to adopted units every month until they return home. They currently support up to 200 units on a monthly basis.
Veterans Advantage has supplied hundreds of free VetRewards Cards that Operation Care and Comfort sends to our troops overseas.Learn more at www.occ-usa.org