And not only has the sheer number of wounded service members skyrocketed, but the nature of their wounds has changed as a result of the changing nature of warfare. In addition to amputations, shrapnel wounds and disfigurement we’ve all seen many times, more and more soldiers are returning from combat with less visible wounds – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other psychological and emotional impacts that can make the transition to civilian life extremely difficult.
Then, there is the constant issue of the lack of adequate capacity at Department of Veterans Affairs. Already struggling to meet the needs of veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts, returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have completely overwhelmed the capability of the VA to provide adequate and timely support.
There’s no more tragic statistic than the 22 veterans who commit suicide every single day in America, according to a VA study.
That’s why Disabled Veterans National Foundation is supporting disabled and at-risk veterans with key programs to make sure that they don’t suffer as a result of circumstances outside their control. We know how much they have put on the line for our freedoms, so for us, it’s quite simple: we are here to help.
We share the same whole-hearted commitment to helping these veterans, as they did to serving our country.
Our CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), knows all too well how difficult life can be for veterans. As the Regimental Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Regiment of the United States Marine Corps, VanFonda would travel around the country to visit Marines and Sailors who had suffered devastating wounds, as well as PTSD and TBI.
After retiring from the Marine Corps, Joe joined DVNF to continue his work in support of veterans who are experiencing a whole range of difficult issues. Not getting the benefits to which they’re entitled, having difficulty finding a job, or being at risk of being thrown out on the streets—these are all serious issues that DVNF works to address each day.
Elsewhere on this site, you’ll find descriptions of the many ways DVNF helps disabled and at-risk veterans. And you’ll see the real difference we are making in people’s lives.
So if you are wondering why you should donate to DVNF, the simplest reason is because we make a difference.