Holiday for Heroes and last Christmas Cards

Remember our troops and don’t forget Dec. 6th is the last date for sending a soldier a Christmas card.  If you need the address again let me know…Holiday for Heroes /  PO Box 5456  /  Capital Heights , MD 20791-5456.

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National Veterans Foundation

National Veterans Foundation

Our Mission:

  • To Serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.
  • Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.
  • Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

The founder of the National Veterans Foundation, Floyd ‘Shad’ Meshad has been working with Veterans since 1970. Meshad was a Medical Service Officer during the Vietnam War, where he counseled soldiers in the field who were suffering from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems resulting from their experiences in combat, including what would later become known as ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,’ or PTSD.

After the war, Shad continued to counsel Vietnam veterans through his work with the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. He co-founded the VA’s ‘Vet Center’; program — 206 storefront facilities throughout the country, located away from VA Hospitals, where veterans walk in off the street to receive mental health counseling. He also authored a critically acclaimed book called “A Captain for Dark Mornings,” which chronicled his experiences both during the war, and after coming home.

Today, Meshad remains one of America’s most sought after experts on Combat Stress, Trauma Therapy, and the readjustment issues confronting returning soldiers and their families.

In 1985, Shad founded The Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation (VVAF), a non-profit, 501- c (3) human service organization. The mission of the VVAF was to help veterans and families in need with a variety of issues. Due to an overwhelming number of requests for help, the VVAF established a toll-free number in 1987 to help veterans and families in need more easily connect with the assistance they required. The VVAF was the only veteran’s outreach service offering nationwide benefits information, resource referral, and crisis counseling via a toll-free helpline. By 1992, VVAF had become a recognized resource for veterans of all wars who were struggling to access benefits, locate services, or overcome the emotional scars of war. As a result, in 1992, the VVAF formally changed its name to the National Veterans Foundation, a human service agency committed to serving the crisis and information needs of all veterans and their families.

Staffed by a team of veterans (from Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan) who are specially trained in the delivery of crisis information and referral services, as well as a team of licensed volunteer counselors to whom all crisis calls are routed, more than 275,000 veterans in need of medical treatment, substance abuse or PTSD Counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid, or suicide intervention, have now been served by this unique, one-of-a-kind resource. Also, as a recognized leader within the community of organizations that specialize in providing human service programs to veterans and their families, NVF frequently plays a key role as advisor, partner, and collaborator.

Over the past two decades, this has included providing financial assistance, training, and donations of food, clothing, and other goods to other non-profits serving the specialized needs of veterans’ including New Directions (CA), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (NJ), LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (CA), Desert Storm Justice Foundation (OK), Point Man of Northern California (CA), Veterans Coalition of the Hudson Valley (NY), Westside Stand Down (CA), Stamford Homeless Project (CT), US VETS (CA), and Swords to Plowshares (CA), among many others.

The NVF’s extraordinary record of service has not gone unnoticed. As one of the world’s most sought after experts in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the U.S. Government asked Shad Meshad to provide training to the counselors at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The NVF continues to evolve. Shad, his team and the board of Directors are committed to continually seeking and developing the most effective means to help those who have served our country and their families. The NVF is open to all who seek emotional support and other assistance.

firebase116.org thanks the NVF for all they do to help and support our Veterans.

Please visit http://www.nvf.org for more information

Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

Boston/Bedford Veterans Expo 2012

All Veterans Save the Date!

On June 20, 2012, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., Bedford VAMC and VA Boston Healthcare System will be hosting a one-day benefit and service conference at Bunker Hill Community College.

Veterans will learn how to locate and land jobs and sign up for VA healthcare and benefits. They can attend seminars on resume writing, financial planning, learning life skills (focused on healthy family interaction) and explore ways to achieve higher education.

So, If you are a Veteran or someone you know is a Veteran, spread the word  and come see what’s new for you at the VA!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 20, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center, Building G, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston MA. for a day full of information, camaraderie and fun!

You Served Us….We Honor You

Directions: http://www.bhcc.mass.edu/inside/65 or call 857-364-5934 for more information. Free Parking and accessible by the Orange Line.

Sponsored by:

Bedford VAMC; VA Boston Healthcare System; MA. Dept. of Veteran Services; Bunker Hill C.C. in conjunction with the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere

 To see who will be attending,  just click the links below:

Service Agencies

Schools

Jobs/Career Services 

Life Skill Seminars

Visit ->  The Boston – Bedford Veterans Expo 2012 <-website by clicking here or on the Title.

View the Expo Flyer here! -> Boston_Vets_Expo_2012_Flyer <– You’ll need Adobe Reader!

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Quilts of Valor Foundation

The Quilts of Valor Foundation

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL combat servicemembers and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This foundation is not about politics. It’s about people.

Why Quilts of Valor?

Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts, began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware.  Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved, provided the rest.

Quilts of ValorShe hit upon the idea that linking quilt-toppers with machine quilters in a national effort could achieve her goal of coverall all returning service men and women touched by war.  These wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor (QOV’s), would be a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude.  Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our wounded combat warriors and veterans.

QOV’s are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts.  Combat troops who have been wounded or touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautiofully quilted by a longarmer.   After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.   Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of QOV’s to entire service units returning from combat  deployments; they may be awarded at VA’s or presented individually.   But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal.   As one recipient said “My quilt isn’t another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.” – SSgt RC, US Army, Iraq ‘05

Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of May 2012 there have been over 65,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.

So the answer to “Why Quilts of Valor?” is this:  It is a wonderful form of National Service and anyone can do it!

National Service starts at home. Make a Quilt of Valor! For more information visit our website. http://www.QOVF.org

Quilting to Honor and Comfort Our Wounded

Quilts of Valor

firebase116.org supports the Quilts of Valor Foundation, and ALL our Service Members and Veterans.  Please help QOV and support them by making a quilt or donating to them.

Click any of the graphics or links above to visit the Quilts of Valor Foundation web page.

QOVF is a 501c (3) non-profit organization

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

The AOL Homepage For Heroes

AOL honors and supports our Troops.  AOL is trying to raise 1 million free minutes for our Troops to call home.  Please click the above link or the graphic below to help support AOL in their quest.