Dozens of charities have risen in the wake of starting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of Servicemen from America and its coalition of the willing
have been severely injured by combat. It comes at great expense to the military hospitals as well as the victims. Once Servicemen are medically discharged or retired, the costs of care
and recovery are overwhelming. Veterans have no means to pay for all their needs once they are civilians. The following list includes groups that improve Servicemen's severely injured
quality of life. They live up to our philosophy of "Service before Self".
1. Hope For The Warriors
2. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
3. United Service Organization
4. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
5. Wounded Warriors Family Support
6. Puppies Behind Bars
7. Homes For Our Troops
8. Thanks USA
9. Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
10. Fisher House Foundation
11. Collier County Veterans Council!
Empathetic young men have invented treatments for struggling veterans who carry the scars of war with them every day. Private
companies have stepped forward help veterans where the VA, public services, and private doctors have come up short. They address different issues, but the esprit de corps remains the same.
Groups trying to pick up the pieces of shattered lives include:
The Raider Project
Hooves For Heroes
The Darby Project
The Oscar Mike Foundation
One piece of the veteran recovery process is the need for affiliation. A Silkie's Hike is really fun, but only lasts a short time.
A more enduring treatment is the continuous relationship with peers at the gym. Lift For The 22 is a program that
raises money for veterans in order to get them off the couch, out of the house, and out of their vicious cycle of depression. Reaching out to veterans by inviting them to the gym is a great
solution for both finding your own gym partner and soothing the pain OIF/OEF vets feel.
"In March of 2015 Lift For The 22 began as a hashtag social media movement designed to
encourage service members to connect and support one another in gym's all over the nation. Specifically, the program addresses the broken transitional system and aims to limit veteran struggles
thereby limiting veteran suicides. After being contacted by a local gym owner, the Lift For The
22 movement became more than a hashtag, but rather a movement to provide veterans with one-year gym memberships across the country. On July 23rd 2015
Lift For The 22 provided the first 3 veterans of the program with
one-year gym memberships at Workout Anytime in Beaverton Oregon. Since July 2015, over 300 Veterans have now received one-year gym memberships in a growing movement to end veteran suicide through
transitional support. The Lift For The 22 program is all
about having an outlet, building yourself up, and then being connected with a peer-to-peer support network of veterans who assist one another in the transition from military service.
Typical Care Packages will include:
• Stationery (Letter Paper & Envelopes)
• Pens & Pencils
• Disposable Razors
• Playing Cards
• Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
• Baby Wipes / Cleaning Wipes
• Clearasil / Stridex Pads
• Hard Candies
• Coffee and Hot Chocolate Pouches
You can also mail your donation to:
Veterans Council of Collier County
Attn: Chief William Carl, President
527 107th Ave N
Naples, FL 34108
Please make checks payable to the Veterans Council of Collier County.
Collier County Veterans Council is registered with the IRS as a 301C non-profit organization. All donations will receive acknowledgement via phone, e-mail or letter.
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