Who We Help 2018-10-12T17:41:29+00:00

Who We Help


“The Yontz Valor Foundation has supported the National Wounded Warrior Center, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s (DSES) latest endeavor to be built in Mammoth Lakes, California. DSES has been helping wounded warriors rehabilitate through outdoor recreation since 2007. Our vision for the National Wounded Warrior Center is to provide a peaceful place for injured, ill or wounded service men and women – to learn, health, and thrive. Program planning includes education, vocational training, therapeutic recreation, and wellness awareness. Support received from the Yontz Valor Foundation demonstrates how much our vision and efforts touch people’s hearts, and we are extremely appreciative of their support.”

– Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

“Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc. honors all veterans by flying WWII, Korean War and terminally ill veterans from other conflicts to Washington, DC to visit their memorials free of charge. We actively promote educational aspects of this mission in our schools and our communities.

Financial support from The Yontz Valor Foundation has ensured that 80 more veterans flew to Washington, DC free of charge in 2015 and 2016.  Given the advanced age of these veterans, time is of the essence and without support from foundations like The Yontz Valor Foundation, we may not have been able to honor these heroes before it was too late.”

– Stars and Stripes Honor Flight

“The Navy SEAL Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community, their families, the families of the fallen, wounded NSW warriors, and transitioning NSW veterans. U.S. Navy SEALs have been in sustained combat for more than 14 years, performing hazardous work in unforgiving environments at an unrelenting pace. SEALs are currently deployed in more than 35 countries across the globe, and can spend up to 270 days each year in harm’s way. The Navy SEAL Foundation stands behind these warriors by delivering comprehensive, world-class programs that specifically address the NSW community’s unique needs. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a solid, high-performing organization committed to excellence.

Donations to the Navy SEAL Foundation are used in 6 main areas of support with some figures attached to each of these areas for 2015:

  • Warrior and Family Support
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Tragedy Assistance & Survivor Support
  • Warrior Transition
  • NSW Veterans Services
  • Legacy Preservation

In 2015, we invested $3.8 million in Warrior and Family Support, $2.5 million in Educational Opportunities, we provided $3.4 million in Tragedy Assistance and Survivor Support initiatives, invested $1.1 million in Transition Assistance, and provided $134,000 in Legacy Preservation projects. In 2015 we invested $10.9 million in support for our Naval Special Warfare Warriors and their families.”

– Navy SEAL Foundation

“Take a Vet Fishing (TAVF) was established in 2011 to provide active and reserve military service members and Veterans emotional support and rehabilitation by way of Piscatorial Therapy (commonly referred to as Fishing Therapy). The slogan, “A Day of Giving Back” is the core of Take a Vet Fishing’s mission and serves as a day of giving back to our nation’s heroes. Approximately twenty percent of the 2.3 million veterans returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Most of them will struggle to ask for assistance. Take a Vet Fishing is a Not-For-Profit 501 (c)3 organization created to help fight and bring awareness to PTSD and depression. With the assistance of volunteer guides and mentors, Take a Vet Fishing provides guided fishing outings and a venue for veterans to socially interact with each other as a way to share their story and reconnect with fellow Veterans.

The annual Yontz Valor Foundation donation allows Take a Vet Fishing to add a new event each year for our Veterans. We currently have 6 events (150 Veterans on 75 guide boats – each event) in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. We hope to expand into Florida and California for 2017. The donated money goes toward:

  • Hotel rooms for the Veterans and their families the evening before our event (We start early! – 6am!)
  • Food for Veterans and their families the day of our event
  • Gifts and prizes for the Veterans the day of the event (each event we give away close to $10,000 worth of gifts to our Veterans and guide boat captains)

Without the donation from The Yontz Valor Foundation, we would NOT be able to continue to expand and service Veterans in different states. We appreciate their support & they are a “pillar” to our organization!”

– Jay Garstecki  |  President/Co-Founder  |  Take a Vet Fishing, NFP

“Wave Academy is committed to healing the wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress affecting active and retired military personnel diagnosed with PTS (PTS). Of the active military and veterans we serve, all are on service-related disability, and are low-income and suffer from PTS. We are especially focused on service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as this group of veterans has the most cases of diagnosed PTS than any before, and are at the highest risk of suicide. In addition, we directly serve family members and caregivers involved in their recovery.

We are deeply grateful for the ongoing support that the Yontz Valor Foundation has provided to our veteran clients individual healing process. Through this wonderful support, lives are being saved, and our veterans are accessing important treatment that they otherwise could not. We thank the Yontz Valor Foundation for providing support and leadership to make this happen.”

– Wave Academy

“Following the end of WWII, prominent Milwaukee citizens and organizations joined forces, envisioning a living memorial to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for American’s freedom. Their vision transcended the traditional monument to encompass a destination that veterans and their families could call home, on one of the most prized locations in the community – Milwaukee’s lakefront. Almost 60 years later, the War Memorial Center is so much more than a building – it is symbolic of a deeply held respect for those who served, sacrificed and died for our freedom. It is a stunning reminder that we can never forget what freedom costs, that we must pass this rich history on to future generations. Thanks to the generous support of the Yontz Valor Foundation, we are able to teach a new generation of Americans about patriotism, civic duty, and freedom through educational programming we provide for Milwaukee youth and community. Thank you Yontz Valor for supporting our veterans!”

– War Memorial Center

The benefits the Hendrickson Foundation provides to people who — USE A WHEELCHAIR, HAVE A Loss of limb, HAVE INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES, or were injured serving our country in the military are significant. The values for life gained by the lessons from sport affect both the individuals and their families. Being on the ice improves physical and mental health. For many of these players, it’s the end of retreating inward and the beginning of reaching out socially to participate, create friendships, and have some fun!
Hockey Changes Lives!

– The Hendrickson Foundation

Tee It Up for the Troops engages and inspires communities across the United States to do great things on behalf of the military men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Tee It Up for the Troops combines golf events with an inspirational ceremony, instilling a sense of pride, honor, respect and appreciation for all those who have served and given so greatly. Since our founding in 2005, Tee It Up for the Troops has inspired communities to conduct more than 360 fundraising events in more than 40 states across the USA.

Through these events, Tee It Up for the Troops has become a fundraising engine for several local and national non-profit partners including Fisher House Foundation and Disabled Sports USA, allowing them to focus on what they do best: helping wounded veterans and their families to heal, transition, grow and thrive!

Tee It Up for the Troops and its partners have accomplished the following:

• Assisted more than 27,000 military families, saving families more than $44 million in lodging costs, plus food and transportation.
• Provided more than 10,000 wounded service members and their families with year-round, nationwide programs in more than 30 different sports, free of charge.
Reunited over 230 wounded veterans who were separated due to battlefield injuries, changes in rehabilitation, or other reasons beyond their control.
Helped three military families to launch their own business, and hire other veterans and family members, through our Operation HeartFirst initiative with Anytime Fitness.

Together, we make a difference!

See our new video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVGT65NbGk

Yontz Valor Foundation’s support has allowed us to continue providing resources, education, support and the creation of the Coordinated Care Network to our 80+ member organizations who have collectively served over 200,000 members of Our Military Family. It is an honor to be chosen and we recognize the difference they are making for so many organizations with their support.

Through our national network of outstanding community service organizations Four Star Alliance empower veterans and their families to be Courageous, become Successful and feel Victorious. With the Warrior Guardian program we can offer financial, administrative and educational support to our programs of excellence so they can not only continue but also enhance their services enabling wellness to become an attainable goal for those veterans in need.

Further, Four Star Alliance has also created and is installing a Coordinated Care Network for its 85 organizations and 350 chapters offering a unique integrative recreation and wellness program for veterans and military families. These programs are connected through Unite Us, a HIPAA-compliant technology platform and, through this shared platform, providers expand their individual reach, share information, and connect clients to a wealth of services and support.





Learn more at https://americaswarriorpartnership.org/four-star-alliance/

Every year the Yontz Valor Foundation strives to help as many organizations as possible to honor and help our military heroes and their families.

Organizations We’ve Supported