Our Thoughts on the Ft. Lauderdale Tragedy

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I heard the news Friday afternoon – a man opened fire in the Ft. Lauderdale airport, leaving several wounded and several killed.

When situations like this happen the first collective reaction is usually suspected terrorism. But once the media began to report more information about the suspect, my heart began to sink. Read more >>

Health & Comfort – 2nd Quarter Impact

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Sometimes, it can be easy to take for granted how it feels to get something as simple as a new pair of shoes. For thousands of veterans across the US, things like new shoes are luxury that they can’t afford, believe it or not. Read more >>

Ron Self: How to End Veteran Suicide

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One of DVNF’s 2016 grant recipients, Veterans Healing Veterans From the Inside Out, sent us this video. This is their founder, Ron Self, an incarcerated veteran, who is determined to make a difference for veterans in crisis. He gives us this TED Talk from inside San Quentin

His powerful story of his failed suicide attempt, the feelings that veterans have when they return home from combat or upon their exit from the military, and the difficulty they all face, and why some like him end up in prison in the first place, gives you some insight into how hard it is for so many veterans to decompress. Read more >>

Guest Blog: Finding Restoration and Hope

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The Healing Warriors Program team understands that managing pain, and the anxiety of Post Traumatic Stress, is critical for restoration of quality of life. For this reason, we work in partnership with the veteran’s medical team to provide an integrative approach to healing, one that includes restoration, wellness and hope. Read more >>

ALERT: Someone Using DVNF’s Name in Phone Scam

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Several weeks ago, it was brought to our attention that someone was trying to solicit donations over the phone who claimed to be a representative of Disabled Veterans National Foundation. At first we thought this may have been a case of mistaken identity, but more instances of this have been coming in lately. Read more >>

September is Suicide Prevention Month – Spread the Word!

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. Data has revealed that on average, approximately 22 veterans a day commit suicide. It’s a national crisis, and one that we need to do more to fight.

Some research has shown that the military and veteran suicide rate is 50 percent higher than that of civilians, which is as sad as it is alarming. Read more >>

A Long Road Back to Normal

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The following is a conversation that took place with a homeless veteran we met at a stand down event last year. His true account goes to show just how long the road back to normal can be for too many veterans. Read more >>

Grantee Profile: Blue Star Ranch

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BSR1Since opening its doors in 2014 Blue Star Ranch founder and Executive Director, Nancy Zhe, saw the growing need of support for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). With the request and encouragement from board members of Habitat of Humanity, Nancy and her husband, John Zhe, who serves as the Chief Financial Officer, began initial the stages of creating Blue Star Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA. Read more >>

For Many Vets, Misconduct Discharges A Sentence to Homelessness

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It’s no secret that veterans often find themselves at a disadvantage when exiting the military. Financial difficulty, family stress, and uncertainty about job prospects can often be a formula for disaster for these veterans, and many wind up homeless.

But then there are other veterans who become victims of their own irresponsibility, and are branded as such for years to come. Read more >>

Stand Down Report: Ft. Myers, FL

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Life as a homeless veteran is undoubtedly difficult. There are many ways a veteran can become homeless, and fortunately, prevention has become a major focus of the VA and community organizations around the country.

But for those who are already homeless, it can be a long road back into society. Read more >>

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