As the National Veterans Foundation enters its 38th year, I am both amazed at our long journey together, and profoundly grateful for your support, especially those of you who donate on a monthly basis or are recurring donors. All of you make what we do possible.
It’s an amazing gift, and proof that people with a sense of purpose and commitment can affect real and lasting change.
In November we honored two Veterans, one a long-serving Veterans Service Officer, and the other a Vet who came to us for help and who has subsequently turned his life around and healed himself and his relationships. What we do works.
Veterans, combat Vets especially, share experiences that most of us cannot even imagine. And that sharing crosses all boundaries—cultural and language. In the 80s I traveled twice to Russia to work with Veterans of their war in Afghanistan, using the Vet-to-Vet model I developed working the streets of LA after I returned from Vietnam. Sacha and I bonded immediately in Russia and kept in touch afterwards. In October we had a reunion…and it was exactly as it had been the first time we met, a kind of instant closeness, a sense of brotherhood. That sense is present whether our team is on the streets or answering our Lifeline for Vets crisis and information hotline.
It’s been a full year at the NVF. We were able to replace our aging van, so our Outreach Missions got an injection of new energy for our Survivor Box program. We continue to collaborate with other Veteran service agencies, providing household furniture that’s donated to us, new clothing, shoes and other items, using the box truck donated by a former board member. We have a new Director of Operations, a USMC Veteran who has been active in the community. Our entire team is primed for new growth.
Travel with us! In this close of the year, I hope you will act on your best instinct and choose to continue supporting the NVF in your year-end giving.
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Please be as generous as you can. Wishing all of you the best in the New Year!
President and Founder
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