Home Depot Foundation

Serving Those Who Served Us All

Our nation’s veterans bravely served our country and made great sacrifices to do so.  While serving, the skills and leadership qualities they learn make them valuable assets to communities and businesses. However, veterans and their families can also face major challenges, including housing, unemployment or disabilities.

Our pledge is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we are committing $30 million over three years to the effort. In addition, our associates are committing their own time and talents to make a difference for veterans in local communities.

The Challenges

Statistics show that many veterans face severe housing needs sometimes because of a disability from combat injuries or because they’ve been particularly hard hit by the economy and sometimes because they simply can’t find affordable housing.

  • An aging population: 9 million veterans are senior citizens, many of whom live on fixed incomes
  • Disabilities: From 2001-2008, the number of disabled veterans increased 25 percent to 2.9 million.
  • Low Incomes: More than 4.3 million veterans have a combined family income of under $20,000.
  • Homelessness: Statistics show that veterans are twice as likely to be homeless than those who haven’t served. Veterans represent 8% of the general population, yet they form 16% of the homeless population.

The Opportunities

 The skills learned in the Armed Forces are often directly applicable in the workplace, making veterans highly educated and trained employees for businesses. We know that firsthand — more than 35,000 of The Home Depot’s associates are veterans.

  • Leadership & Work Ethic: Proven leadership skills, honed in the most challenging operational environments.
  • Top Skills: 92% of active duty military in the United States use computers at their places of duty and 40% of military personnel have job assignments that involve information resource management; 60% of the enlisted personnel can program in at least one computer language.
  • Education Level: Almost 33% of young veterans have an associate or bachelor’s degree, compared to 27% of young non-veterans.

Download the 2012 Home Depot Information Sheet (Adobe .pdf)

 

— America’s Military Women —

Celebrating National Women’s History Month 2012
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— America’s Military Women —
Experienced, Educated and Empowered

Women’s Memorial Foundation Releases 2012 Women’s History Month Kit

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation is proud to showcase America’s military women for the 15th consecutive year with the release of our 2012 Women’s History Month poster, America’s Military Women—Experienced, Educated and Empowered. Supporting the national Women’s History Month theme, Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment, this display quality poster is but a snapshot of the myriad of important and meaningful jobs performed by empowered military women everyday—all made possible by education and training. This poster represents the more than 405,600 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve women who serve today around the globe—professional, capable women leaders—who are making a difference for themselves, their communities, the nation and the world. The poster is sure to stimulate discussion about the evolution of women’s roles, the influence of education and the ever-growing prominence of women in all aspects of our society.

Accompanying the 2012 poster is our online Women’s History Month kit. The kit includes brief thumbnail sketches about the remarkable women featured in the poster as well as individual downloadable photos of each.

Also in the kit is a Tribute to Our Fallen Sisters, a chronological listing and tribute to the 144 women who have lost their lives in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. You’ll also find two special online exhibits. The first, A New Generation of Warriors, (also available as a downloadable feature article) is a recent look at the women serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The second online exhibit is The Baghdad Diaries, which features the personal e-mail correspondence of a Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant in the earlier years of the war in Iraq. Another element of the kit a feature article is about our Global War on Terror exhibit, which captures the activities of women warriors some five years into the wars. We’ve also included an article about the origin of Women’s History Month and an online resource guide to help you find more information about America’s remarkable military women, past and present.

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) who’ve helped produce the poster and kit for nine consecutive years; the AMVETS (American Veterans) for the past eleven years; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) joining us for the second year. Thanks to them, the poster is distributed free of charge to schools, libraries and veteran facilities across the nation and military installations worldwide.

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Click on the poster image to view thumbnail sketches of
the 28 women featured in the poster

                  The 2012 Online Women’s History Month Kit:

“Let the generations know that the women in uniform also guaranteed their freedom.”

—Anne S. (Sosh) Brehm
1LT, USA NC, World War II

7.10.12 – FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

2011 VVA Scholarship Award

FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

Veterans, the public, and citizens are invited to join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.

VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.

For more information go to our web site: firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA 116 at: rsail1 @ hotmail.com

MakeTheConnection.net

Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that connects Veterans and their friends and families with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection” — with information and resources, with the strength and resilience of Veterans like themselves, and with available resources of support. The success of Make the Connection depends on support from everyone who interacts with Veterans: community members around the country, Veteran Service Organizations, community-based groups, and health care providers who have direct contact with Veterans every day. Download, print, and share these Make the Connection information cards to spread the word about this useful resource for Veterans and their loved ones.
If you have any questions, please contact Koby South at: [email protected].

Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

 

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.

 

MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN
August 24 – 25, 2012
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Free Services at Stand Down 2012 Include:
• Food
• Clothing
• Veterans Affairs Benefits
• VA Boston Healthcare Registration
• Medical Services
• Eye Glasses
• Mental Health Counseling
• Housing Services
• Oral Health and Dental Screening
• Employment Services
• Legal Assistance
• Haircuts
• Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
• RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
• Mass Health
• Social Work Services
• Internal Revenue Service
• Foot Care
*This is a partial list of services provided

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!!
Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information on participating in Stand Down as a veteran or provider please contact:
Guy Simmons, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]
617-390-0236

For more information on volunteering at Stand Down 2012 please contact:
Lindsey Ferris, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]
617-390-0230