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. 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 >>
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 >>
Since 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
I have mentioned to you just how great service dogs can be for veterans who suffer from PTSD. And now, I want to show you.
As you are watching this reporter’s interview with Erick Scott about his tough experiences serving in Iraq and how his life today is filled with challenges, his dog, Gumbo, senses it. Read more >>
Why does DVNF support homeless veterans? This may seem like an odd question. But I think it is one that deserves a fair and honest assessment.
First off, our name implies that we support disabled veterans. True. But this is a broad term that is not specific about who is deemed to have a disability. Read more >>
Before joining DVNF, I saw an organization with loads of potential, but a need for more structure, more transparency, and more efficiency.
DVNF had several items that needed to be addressed, and I believe that in the first six months of my tenure as CEO, we have made significant strides in improving the entire organization. Read more >>
Clarence is the young veteran working at the mill machine in the photo you see above. He has been out of the military for 3 years now, having served in combat right out of high school.
Clarence is currently finishing out the Advanced Inclusive Manufacturing (AIM) program at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the University of Pittsburgh. Read more >>