Vets H.E.R.D. – short for Helping to Empower Returning and Disabled Veterans – is an organization made up of local veterans. They recently built an addition to the home of the parents of Marine Staff Sgt. John Stanz, after he returned from a military hospital in Germany.
More than 20 local contractors and suppliers donated their time and materials to help build a bedroom, bath and living area for John, to help him with his recovery. Vets H.E.R.D. also organized a four-day vacation for the family while the addition was being finished.
“John to me is my brother,” said their vice president Jordan Strong. “When family is in need, you help them out.” John is part of MARSOC – the top one percent of the Marine Corps serving in special operations. Strong continued, “They do the missions no one knows about. They take the risk that no one knows about, to ensure our freedoms, to keep our country safe. We owe it to them to help them. He’s helped and protected us in ways we can’t begin to understand.”
John suffered a catastrophic head injury, his second combat injury, while serving in Afghanistan. He had received his first Purple Heart after being wounded in Iraq.
Vets H.E.R.D., located in western New York, is a group of veterans and their families and friends whose mission is to raise awareness of the lack of veterans’ resources in their local community while ensuring that no veteran or service member is forgotten upon their return to civilian life.
If you are currently looking for assistance within New York, visit the Warrior Gateway’s directory. If you know of similar organizations not already in our directory please add them here!
To view the Buffalo News original article, “A heartfelt home for a hero,” click here.
The nonprofit agency Still Serving Veterans has strengthened their partnership by signing an agreement with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) to maximize their effort to help as many veterans as possible.
In four short years, Still Serving Veterans has helped more than 4,000 wounded veterans and their families.
The global war on terror alone has accumulated more than 37,500 physically wounded soldiers as well as the more than 500,000 suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
ADRS Commissioner Cary Boswell said, “None of us are going to be able to do this all on our own. None of us have enough resources and people. To me, that’s why it’s so critical we do work together and coordinate these kinds of services for our veterans with disabilities.”
Still Serving Veterans strives to help assist veterans with their rehabilitation, recovery, and reintegration into civilian life. With the ADRS, the joint services are expanding to provide career assistance to veterans and push to increase a higher rate of disabled veterans in the workforce.
If you are currently looking for assistance within any of these categories visit the Warrior Gateway and search for service organizations in your area. If you know of any helpful organizations share them with others in our directory.
To view the original article, Still Serving Veterans partners with state agency to help Wounded Warriors find careers, click here.
As part of its ‘Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military,’ the Lakeshore Foundation will be hosting Operation Night Vision on May 20-23, 2010. Operation Night Vision is a sports & recreation camp aimed at military personnel and veterans who sustained eye injuries or blindness while in service. Activities include cycling, archery/shooting, swimming, fitness, rock climbing, water skiing, kayacking, fishing, scuba diving, and goalball. The camp will be held at the Lakeshore Foundation’s 45-acre facility outside Birmingham, AL and at other locations across Birmingham.
There is no cost to military service men and women with severe service-related injuries. Pre-registration is due by May 1; click here to download an application to register.
For more information from the organizer, click here.
The Kessler Foundation will be hosting its 10th anniversary Wheelchair 10K race this year on Memorial Day. The event will be held on Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 8:40am. First prize is $1000. For more information and registration details, go to Kessler’s website.