SITREP 1 September Those Who Care
Hello again to all you Vets in the Fight, this is David Miller with your weekly Special Operations Speaks, Vets in the Fight SITREP.
In this week’s installment, we would like to highlight a few organizations that are quietly and with dignity serving those who have served this nation. Some are veterans themselves; others, thankful members of society that have recognized the need to help our service members.
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation (SOF)
A 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that serves Veterans who have been severely wounded and injured (50% or greater VA disability rating) in a post-9/11, service related event by helping them transition into civilian life while they attend college or vocational school. The program has two areas of focus: Sentinel Scholarships and Student Veteran Resource Centers. Veterans have access to financial assistance, mentoring, networking, and employment assistance. Founded by Mike Conklin, the father of three Army Rangers, he was inspired to reach out to severely injured Veterans after one of his sons was wounded in Iraq in 2003. Scholarship recipients are called “Sentinels” in honor of their sacrifice and commitment to guarding America’s freedoms.
Committed to our wounded veterans, Sentinels of Freedom is to helping communities across the United States support as many of these men and women as possible.Check them out online at https://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org
Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition)
Congress gave U.S. Special Operations Command the authority to provide a wounded warrior care program for its 69,000 personnel and the Care Coalition was born. The Care Coalition began in 2005 to fill in the gaps in care for special operators, and is more focused on retention and preserving service members in the force even after they’ve had a wound, illness or injury. As the number of wounded, ill or injured special operators grew, the program grew. Liaison officers and advocates at installations help Special Operations Soldiers navigate the bureaucratic tangle that can otherwise be overwhelming. The Care Coalition works to assist those operators who don’t remain in service, supporting the transition to civilian life and to veteran status. The Care Coalition works closely with Veterans Affairs to ensure seamless transition for those wishing to re-enter civilian life. Learn more about them at https://www.socom.mil/care-coalition
Military Missions In Action (MMIA)
A 501(c)3 nonprofit, headquartered in Fuquay-Varina, and working throughout North Carolina to assist veterans and members of the armed forces. MMIA has 2 offices and 5 staff members, Ninety-seven cents of every dollar goes into their programs. Mike Dorman is the Founder and Executive Director of MMIA. He retired from the United States Coast Guard in 1999 after 20 years and started MMIA in 2007. The primary focus of MMIA is to provide home modification services to disabled veterans to allow them to live independently (services are not restricted to those injured in combat nor is it restricted to disabled veterans from the most recent combat conflicts). MMIA has assisted veterans from the current conflict back to WWII. Some of what MMIA offers:
Operation Building Hope provides handicap accessibility for veterans with disabilities and military children with special needs.
Homes for Healing assists veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Fill the Footlocker supports active-duty service men and women serving in combat zones by collecting comfort items to ship, provides clothing, shoes, blankets and hygiene items to our homeless veterans in North Carolina and provides toys, gift cards and monetary donations to low-income military and veteran families during the holiday season. You can aid their cause or just find out more about them at militarymissionsinaction.org.
The Gary Sinise Foundation
Undoubtably, you’ve heard of this last entry, The foundation serves our nation by honoring its defenders; veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.This is done by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. The Foundation has several programs helping the nations defenders such as building specially adapted smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), Invincible Spirit Festivals, boosting the morale at military medical centers across the country with daylong celebrations provide a respite from the rigors of rehabilitation for the hospital’s patients, staff, and families and Serving Heroes, a program providing hearty, classic American meals to our defenders across the country, and much more than time allows us to list. Go to garysinisefoundation.org
These are but a few of the many generous organizations serving our nation through service to veterans and their families, and SOS strongly recommends checking in with sites such as charitynavigator.org before sending your hard won dollars.
This is David Miller for Special Operations Speaks and Vets in the Fight, until next week. De Oppresso Liber.