Who We Help 2019-06-25T16:35:24+00:00

Who We Help

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Hendrickson Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities, and their families through the game of hockey. Our focus is the help make hockey accessible to all who want to play the game. By supporting adaptive and Warrior hockey programs’ growth nationwide, we aim to break barriers and promote inclusivity in the game.

Hendrickson Foundation believes Hockey Changes Lives. No statement rings truer for the athletes within the supported programs than the athletes within the Warrior Hockey Program who are all veterans with disabilities. The Minnesota Warriors Hockey Program’s mission is to organize and administer an ice hockey program that provides a recreational, therapeutic experience and education to its participants.

The MN Warriors Ice Hockey Program was founded exclusively for wounded, injured, or otherwise disabled veterans of the United States Military, in conjunction with the USA Disabled Hockey Program.

The program not only educates, trains, motivates, and encourage Veterans who have physical disabilities incurred during service to the United States to participate in the sport of ice hockey, but it does far more. What happens on the ice is hockey, but it is what happens off the ice, in the locker room and beyond. Our Veterans find their brotherhood once again, reestablishing unbreakable bonds that are critical in continuing to heal and rebuild their lives.

Hockey Changes Lives!

– Hendrickson Foundation

Camp Hometown Heroes is a national free week-long overnight summer camp for children and siblings between the ages of seven to seventeen of fallen U.S. service members who died in any manner: combat, accident, illness or suicide. During their visit to camp, perhaps for the first time in their young lives, the children have the opportunity to openly discuss their feelings and experiences. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists, the children partake in art and music therapy programs and optional discussion groups.

The children are afforded the opportunity to enjoy typical summer camp activities such as swimming, dance, arts and crafts, archery, drama, canoeing, fishing, climbing and more. But more importantly, the children are given many opportunities to begin or continue the healing process. Often the loss began before death when the service member was deployed. There can be years of missing that loved one and anticipating what might happen to them. When a death actually does occur, these children are put in a life category that not many understand. That’s where Camp Hometown Heroes comes in. Unlike many other camps for fallen service members, at Camp Hometown Heroes the children attend camp without their caregivers. We want this week to be one of significant personal growth. Attending without their adult caregiver(s) allows them to experience greater independence and self-discovery. Some came on a wing and a prayer not knowing what they would find so far away from home. Leaving surviving family was nerve-wracking in itself for some. For many of the children, the travel to and from camp is part of the experience. Many of the children have rarely (if ever) flown before. Traveling to Wisconsin from as far away as Hawaii, Idaho, California, and Washington is part of the adventure of Camp Hometown Heroes. Upon arrival, the children immediately realize they share a sad common bond. Yet, it is this common bond that allows us to create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance. In working with pediatric grief specialists from Kyle’s Korner these children who have lost so much learn how to deal with the loss they have suffered. When someone says “I know how you feel”, it’s true. This could be called “Empathy Camp“ because hearts which have suffered recognize suffering in another heart. At the end of a week, all hearts are connected. We cannot begin to make up for what has been lost. We can only hope to honor the memories of those who gave their lives for our country. And we can strive to be sure that their children know both they and their loved one have not been forgotten. Yontz Valor Foundation has been an annual supporter of Camp Hometown Heroes for many years as they believe there is no greater gift to these children than the gift of hope.

– Camp Hometown Heroes

Our mission is to advance individual wellbeing for Veterans and their families through evidence-based integrative care services and education.

We provide Acupuncture, CranioSacral and Healing Touch Therapy to Service Members and their family for pain, PTSD and sleep.

– Healing Warriors

The need to support our nation’s service members and their families is great. The average veteran family cannot afford to send their children to college, a fact that we find unacceptable for families of America’s greatest heroes. Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to address this problem by providing educational scholarships to families of fallen and disabled service members. Our scholarships support higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents, as well as private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12. Ultimately giving recipients hope and the opportunity to live the very future their service-member fought to secure. We accomplish this mission by rallying like-minded Americans, like the Yontz Valor Foundation, to champion our cause and generously contribute to those families sacrificing much for our freedom. We are unapologetically patriotic. We act with duty, realizing our freedoms are courtesy of the 1% of Americans who have fought to defend the other 99%. Driven by the love of country, we never stop working on behalf of the families we serve. We are so thankful for the support we have received from the Yontz Valor Foundation. Because of them, we were able to support 10 additional students in pursuit of their educational dreams. These students may not have had the opportunity to receive our scholarship if it hadn’t been for this support. Together, Folds of Honor and the Yontz Valor Foundation will make sure no family is left behind on the field of battle as we honor the sacrifice and educate the legacy of our American heroes.

– Folds of Honor

Warrior Rising provides veterans an online business training platform which helps them vet their idea and create a business plan. Next, we pair each veteran with a one-on-one mentor and together they create a go-to-market strategy. Once the veteran and mentor are ready, they present to the Warrior Rising board of directors for financial support. Our board will then provide a grant, loan, or investment opportunity for the veteran. Finally, we bring that veteran into the Warrior Rising Tribe and provide them a community in which to build their business and support their dreams. It is truly an honor to be chosen by Terri and the Yontz Valor Foundation and we graciously thank them for their friendship and support.

Thanks to the Yontz Valor Foundation’s incredible support, Warrior Rising has empowered U.S. military veterans to find their purpose again through creating sustainable new businesses. Warrior Rising is a 501c3 veteran non-profit organization that help U.S. Military veterans in the most altruistic and sustainable way possible, we help veterans to help themselves. Our mission is to empower U.S. veterans and their immediate families by providing them opportunities to create sustainable businesses, perpetuate the hiring of fellow U.S. military veterans, and earn their future. With the Yontz Valor Foundation’s help, we hope to help 500 veterans launch or accelerate new business ventures in 2019.

– Warrior Rising

No veteran deserves to be on the streets. Room In The Inn provides crisis support, transitional programs, and long-term solutions for Nashville’s homeless community, with special programs and opportunities focused on the particular needs of homeless veterans.

Yontz Valor Foundation helps us provide support for veterans from the moment they walk in off the streets to the day they receive the keys to a new home and beyond. We do this by offering shelter, supportive services, addiction recovery programs, transitional housing, support groups, educational opportunities, and more. There is nothing more rewarding than helping veterans find and move into permanent housing. It is our hope that each veteran we serve finds a sense of self-worth and belonging that will sustain them for their journey.

– Room in the Inn

The SPARTA Project was founded in 2015 to treat our nations veterans and first responders suffering from Post Traumatic Stress. Movedby the overwhelming number of suicides, the founders of The SPARTA Project sought to create a novel and innovative program to inspire these warriors so that they may start transforming Post Traumatic Stress, into Post Traumatic Growth. Through the use of Depth Psychology, meditation, storytelling, innovative ritual, and experiential education, The SPARTA Project takes veterans through a six-day “initiation” into a lifetime of personal growth and transformation. SPARTA classes are conducted in small peer groups, so the bonds made may last for a lifetime of healing.

The SPARTA Project’s mission is to, “Transform the stress and trauma caused by war and violence into resiliency, empowerment, and individual greatness.”

The support of The Yontz Valor Foundation has been instrumental in allowing The SPARTA Project to fund our six-day retreats. SPARTA’s philosophy is that no veteran ought ever pay for our program; thus, the support of The Yontz Valor Foundation has been one of the primary pillars in helping SPARTA heal our veterans.

~ Rabbi Michael Salonius, Co-founder and Clinical Director, The SPARTA Project

– The Sparta Project

V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP is a 501©3Veteran Service Organization created to help U.S. Veterans enduring trauma, such as post traumatic stress injury, traumatic brain injury, etc. At VET we rescue dogs and train them to be service dogs for veterans suffering hidden wounds. We do this at no cost to veterans and are proud to say that no one on our board is compensated in any way. We foster train the candidate dogs to teach them basic obedience, manners in the home, and in public places, because service dogs have full public access and are meant to go everywhere their veterans go. We train them to alert to stress, anxiety, night terrors, and other things and take appropriate action. When ready we award the service dog to a veteran in need and continue to train the dog and their handler together furthering the bond between them. We then teach the dog to respond to specific needs of the individual veteran. We fully vet the dogs, supply all equipment necessary, and can also teach the veterans to provide the correct nutrition, dental hygiene, cutting nails etc., so they can be independent.
We are sustained totally by donations and fundraising. The generous support of the Yontz Valor Foundation, who has been our biggest contributor, allows us to continue our mission to help more veterans with invisible wounds. With their assistance we were able to ready our training center way faster, pay for veterinarian care, purchase training equipment ,dog food, and other necessities. We would not have been able to accomplish any of this soon enough to make a difference in veterans and their families lives without this awesome partnership.

– Vet Service Dogs

In 2007 the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Guitars for Vets (G4V), was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It all began when guitar instructor Patrick Nettesheim and his student, Viet Nam era Marine Dan Van Buskirk, realized that the teamwork and camaraderie they shared during lessons was helping Dan better manage his combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a result, the men decided to share guitars and lessons with patients at the local VA Medical Center. The response was overwhelming and the mission of Guitars for Vets was born. To date, G4V and its 400 volunteers have provided more than 3,500 guitars and 35,000 lessons free to our Veteran brothers and sisters who are struggling with the symptoms of PTSD and other injuries. Guitars for Vets has established more than 100 chapters throughout the United States. You can find more information about putting the healing power of music in the hands of heroes at www.guitarsforvets.org or call 855-G4V-HERO. We are grateful for the donations from the Yontz Valor Foundation that have provided funding for more than 50 new guitars and accessories for G4V graduates!

– Guitars for Vets (G4V)

“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

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.

– COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP & SUCCESS

– CONNECTING COMMUNITY PROVIDERS

– NO WRONG DOOR ACCESS

– END-TO-END OUTCOME TRACKING

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

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