Making a Difference (for Veterans and their Families)
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
Appreciation for America’s veterans, in my opinion, is not shown as often as it should be. However, I did come across three inspiring programs that set about to make a real difference in the lives of former servicemen and women.
An Iraq war veteran gives credit to a facility in Stilwell, Kansas for saving his life. War Horses for Veterans (whfv.org) is a recovery center for veterans and first responders that hosts gatherings of six to eight people on their 30 acre horse ranch.
Spokesman, Pat Benson says of their programs, “our mission is to help veterans and first responders, many of whom have experienced life-disrupting trauma, to not only recover from their limitations, but discover a new mission.”
Beginning in 2004, at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., former Olympic kayaker Mike McCormick and Joe Mornini spent every Tuesday evening (pre-pandemic) from 5-7, teaching injured veterans how to navigate white waters in a kayak. Team River Runner (teamriverrunner.org)
has grown to more than 2000 local, regional, and national kayaking events. The organization welcomes all veterans - anyone who “wrote out a blank check for their life” to the government when they served in the armed forces.
Operation Kid Comfort (asymca.org/operation-kid-comfort) is comprised of volunteers who use their own materials to create Kid Comfort Quilts and pillowcases for children of military members deployed. Each one incorporates photos chosen by the family of the child to receive it. Over the past 14 years, more than 6,500 quilts have been gifted to children of deployed service members who were stationed in Alaska.
John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” These organizations are far from the only ones that offer opportunities to serve our military heroes but they do exemplify that no matter what your interests or skills, employing them for the benefit of others truly makes a difference and changes lives.
Venture 727 Real Estate would like to express sincere appreciation for all those who have faithfully served our country in the armed forces.
One benefit available to those who serve in the military is the VA Loan program. If you, or someone you know, has questions about how to take advantage of the low interest rates and low down payment requirements provided with a VA mortgage, we know these lenders are eager to help provide answers and walk veterans through the process.
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Information for this post was provided by Will Fifield, John Willis Mitchell and Katie Coleman - all contributors for Costco Connection Magazine