Send a Hospitalized Veteran a Free Message of Thanks this Memorial Day

Write your message online by May 18th and the VFW will print and deliver it at no cost to you. What an awesome thing to do during Military Appreciation Month for a hospitalized veteran this Memorial Day!

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by May 18, 2012

Memorial Day is right around the corner. Will you show our nation’s hospitalized veterans you respect their sacrifice for our American freedoms?  VFW is asking you to sign a Thank You card.

When you do, we’ll print a real card with your name on it to be placed in the hands of a hospitalized veteran who needs to know that their sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Signing the card shows you honor the fallen … stand strong for the wounded … and carry those still fighting in your heart and in your prayers.

Sign the CardPlease respond by May 18 so VFW can deliver signed cards to as many hospitalized veterans as possible. With your help, we’ll show unwavering respect and support FOR VETERANS.

You can help VFW reach even more lonely veterans in 3 easy steps:

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Sign your card

and we’ll print it and deliver it to a hospitalized veteran.

Star 02 Invite your email contacts!
Forward this to your friends, family and co-workers.
Star 03 Get your network involved—ask your Facebook friends to sign a card, too

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Mother’s Day “Motherly Love” Gift Drive for Women in Need

Mother’s Day is May 13th, 2012. 

Thousands of women who have suffered the horror of domestic abuse and have found refuge in shelters across the country will receive little or nothing on this special day.  Women and their children often come to these shelters with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The shelters receive little government assistance and rely heavily on private contribution. They are in constant need of donations in the form of time, money and goods.

So, why not purchase a Mother’s gift that pay’s it forward to a very special group called Women in Need, Inc?

This year when you order one of these Eventbrite-sponsored products, a gift of beauty products will be donated to WIN – Women In Need, Inc on Mother’s Day. (WIN) provides housing, help and hope to women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged.

Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance which allow families to return to their communities and live independently.

Wouldn’t you like to give a deserving mother a little gift of luxury in a time of need??

For each of the products offered here, a gift will be donated to the WIN women’s home.How many residents would you like to bring joy to?

All gifts will be shipped out the next business day, *except for jewelry gifts that will all be shipped out on May 8th to ensure a timely mother’s day delivery.

At checkout please indicate if you’d like the gift shipped to you or someone else.

 


Hidden Wounds Provides Relief for Combat Stress Faster than VA

The mission of Hidden Wounds is to provide peace of mind and comfort for military personnel suffering from combat stress injuries such as PTSD and TBI until the Veteran’s Administration or Veteran’s Affairs agencies can deliver long-term services to their clients through government programs.

Hidden Wounds was formed in response to a tragedy involving its founder, Anna Bigham.  Anna’s brother, Lance Corporal Mills Palmer Bigham, served four years of active duty for the United States Marine Corps.

Lcpl Bigham served two tours of duty in Iraq with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Regiment.  He was released on October 18, 2008, with an honorable discharge and new rank, Combat Veteran.

Immediately, Anna recognized her brother was not the same young man she once knew.  Lcpl Bigham sought treatment for war trauma, depression, and anger through numerous trips to the local VA hospital. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however he was not given the treatment he deserved.  Anna made countless phone calls to check on his status for receiving those services, but each time there was very little to no response.

Anna supported her brother, battled for the right of his treatment, and cared for him during the long and horrific nights. It was too little, and too late. Mills took his own life waiting for those services on October 19, 2009.

Here is a description of the services provided by Hidden Wounds according to their Facebook Page

-Interim Counseling
Our main thrust is to provide counseling to soldiers who are in the enrollment process at the VA, or other agencies, or system of services, but who are waiting for confirmation of availability and treatment needs. These services are available until such time as the client is finally taken into the care of the VA, or alternate agencies.

-Emergency Counseling
Referring agencies too overwhelmed to respond, and families who are suddenly faced with a crisis situation, are invited to call Hidden Wounds. Our goal is to find a counselor in our network that could respond immediately to defuse the situation. From there, Hidden Wounds, works to find a properly equipped place for the veteran to safely stay until the crisis is passed, danger is contained and further treatment can be instituted.

-Family Support
Hidden Wounds provides resource materials and information to help family members of PTSD victims deal with their concerns and knowledgably support their veteran.

-VA Strategies
Hidden Wounds can provide strategic counseling services to support the Veterans Administration in the areas of intake, assignment of benefits, required paperwork, navigating a network of personnel, and other support advice while dealing with the VA

Contact Info:

Email Address: info@hiddenwounds.org
Mailing Address: Hidden Wounds
7001 St Andrews Road PMB 323
Columbia, S.C. 29212
1-888-4HW-HERO

Description:501c3 non profit organization
General Information

1-888-4HW-HERO or 803-403-8460

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Non-Profit Organizations Continue to Waste Millions on US Postage in 2012

According to the 2012 Statistical Abstract, 71% of U.S. citizens are using the Internet at home, 80% are now also accessing the internet from phones, libraries, and internet cafes, and a whopping 90% of citizens under the age of 29 are primarily communicating online.

So, with over 200 million Americans capable of receiving email communications, why are countless large and small non-profit organizations and groups continuing to waste millions of dollars on paper and U.S. postage?

Is the fear of technology that powerful? Email vs Postage…..just how costly is it?

     Are those postage dollars spent really helping your group gain revenue through donations, or actually wasting valuable funds that could be better spent elsewhere?

How many people even read paper mail anymore, and how do you know they are reading what you send?

In March of 2010, ABC News reported (Video: Snail Mail vs E-Mail) that the number of Americans writing and reading “snail mail” was declining fast enough to put the U.S Post Office in a major budget crunch.  Why?  Because, according to statistics, email is the new “social fabric of American society,” when it comes to “how, and how fast, people communicate.”

With America trending toward email as their preferred method of communication, why would any non-profit choose to use snail mail for newsletters, communications, promotions, events, or fundraisers?  Maybe once or twice a year, sending a bulk fundraising campaign by snail mail still makes sense.

As for the rest of the year…..try THIS money-saving program for sending professional-looking promotions and newsletters via email!  Using an email program allows you to quickly reach your members, discover which folks are actually reading your promotions, and avoid constantly bothering those that really don’t want to hear from you.

Youth Patriotic Art $10,000 Scholarship Contest

Officially known as the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, this annual scholarship contest gives talented art students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to compete for up to $10,000 for college.

Sponsored solely by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this high school art competition requires the fusion of artistic talent with a passionate patriotic vision.

Entries must be submitted to your local VFW Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman by March 31st. For more information,