August 25, 2010

Operation Homefront: Help for the Combat PTSD Caregiver, We'll Give it a Shot



This is how they laid it out in the quotes beyond this paragraph. I recieved this in my email just reread it and had to post it in hopes that they can help our ladies here. Uncle Sam's Mistress I would like for you to take charge of finding out if this place is legit. You, USM have to do this part without your husband. He will be a while in coming back out from his latest battle with the PTSD Monster raging in his head. I pray this service can help.
MISSION: Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

VISION: Through generous, widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, we aspire to become the provider of choice for emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Where there is a need we do not provide, we will partner with others for the benefit of our military families.
VALUES:
  • Honor Patriotism and Service to Country: We believe those who wear our country's uniform do so with a sense of duty, knowing they support the causes of freedom. We serve by serving them and their families.
  • Do What's Right: We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct in all that we do. We believe that honesty and integrity engender trust, which is the cornerstone of providing our services. We are careful stewards of the resources provided by our donors. We strive to be good citizens and we take responsibility for our actions.
  • Respect Others: We recognize that our success as an enterprise depends on the talent, skills and expertise of our people and our ability to function as a tightly integrated team. We appreciate our diversity and believe that respect - for our colleagues, clients, partners, and all those with whom we interact - is an essential element of all positive and productive relationships.
  • Perform With Excellence: We understand the importance of our mission and the trust our clients and donors place in us. With this in mind, we strive to excel in every aspect of our activities and approach every challenge with a determination to succeed.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: In 2009, we met 160,536 needs for military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all branches of service. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $92 million dollars of funding to programs to benefit military families.

KEY SERVICES: Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:
  • Financial assistance
  • Emergency food
  • Emergency home repairs
Critical baby items:
  • formula, food and diapers
  • Home and appliance repair
  • Furniture and household items
  • Local moving assistance
  • Community events
  • Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing
BACKGROUND: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Operation Homefront was formed in February 2002. It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Operation Homefront is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has evolved into a major nonprofit. The organization currently provides services to military families across the nation with 23 chapters serving 32 states. The national office handles cases in states that do not have their own chapters. The majority of our clients – 75 percent – are the lowest-paid service members, the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks.

The target population is American military personnel and/or their families who have unmet needs due to financial hardship, death, injury, or physical or mental detriment as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan. These may include active duty, Reserve, National Guard and veteran service members. They are a diverse ethnic group (64 percent are minorities): approximately 20 percent are African-American; 5 percent Asian-American; 34 percent Hispanic/Latino; 5 percent Native American; and 36 percent Caucasian. Roughly 75 percent live at an income level 80 percent below the median income for the communities in which they reside.

Our Web community, OH Online, was created specifically to educate and support military wives and women in uniform.
We’re proud to earn the highest rating – four stars – for three straight years from Charity Navigator, the nation’s top independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations. Nationally, $.95 of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs.

8 comments:

  1. I work for this Non-Profit and they help when no one else will. Also USM is already signed up for our wounded warrior wives program. =) www.operationhomefront.net/www

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  2. Hahaha! WWS! See I was just talking about ya! If you can resend me the infor for the group forum and other tidbits on this WWW group, will write an article about it for both of these blogs. I am a huge OHF supporter, so it needs to be put out there any way we can...especially for those of us who desperately need it!

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  3. As a spouse, communicator with the Active Duty Army wives and families, I can confirm this place is legit. Most definitely as an FRG leader and they do what they say they will do. From what I do know, the other side of this organization was for those only on Active Duty orders...however, this Wounded Warrior Wive group is fairly new to me. One of our fellow bloggers works for them so I am sure she can tell us more infor. I will look into the rules and regs of this particular program, but do know the other works works works! I can not say enough about Operation Homefront as an FRG leader either! They not only help the soldiers and families, but they also help us as Leaders get items for our families and kiddos! Also, if you are a caregiver, you can go online to this site and look for the Wounded Warrior Caregiver section. They also have a community blog forum where you can sign up and talk online with other caregivers. I am just now signing up so still new to it. I had issues with the link for the group forum the other night, but have on my list to try again! I am sure that any help provided must be through a lengthy application process and income guidelines, but that's normal. OMH is one of the better charities I have come across and from my mouth, that means a lot! They are also very very friendly on the phone. Like talking to your old buddy. If you have questions, call them and ask! They won't bite!

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  4. Way to go ladies, does this resource meet your standards for what constitutes a good resource? I hop it helps. Does it help single veterans? I sure the fuck could use some about now...

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  5. I know it helps single soldiers, but now the only thing I know about it from OHF is that you must be on/are active duty orders. That was the only complaint I had about most of these organizations because that really leaves us National Guard and Reserve Family members with no where to turn. The WWW I am still figuring out, but I would suggest just calling them Scott. I would assume, (and you know how that goes) from this stand point that it only helps those who are serving on active orders. I just had a family whose home burned down while soldier was deployed. They sent him home early and we looked to OHF for help because I knew they would. However, because he was sent home early, it meant that his orders would go back early to Reserve status leaving him ineligible for help. We had only a certain amount of time to get the application in, and then hope it was approved before his orders reverted back to Res status. The best thing I can suggest is to just contact them. There is one at Ft. Campbell which is our closest one here in TN, so it would be yours as well. The lady I know from there is Tina. You can just call and see.

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  6. Why help ONLY those on active duty? So many others could use that sort of help too!

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  7. I know I know! In all, there isn't really a non-profit out there that I am aware of that helps reserve and guard status individuals or families. A new group called Citizen Soldiers Inc. helped me with the family and the fire so we didn't need the OHF. That is one of my biggest pet peeves so to speak is how all these organizations take in money, but only help active status military. I understand times get tough, but we had a lot of people in res and NG come home to find no jobs. Not because they lost position, but because the workplace shut down. OHF is one of the best organizations in my opinion for seeking emergency help, but I do believe it's just for active duty. I might call today and see what all they have to offer and report back.

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  8. OPH helps wounded warriors and their caregivers financially. Operation Homefront assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with devastating budget issues. Financial struggles exacerbate an already difficult time of life. We provide emergency financial assistance to service members and their families as they take corrective action to resolve their financial situations.

    We cover:
    •Shelter, rent, mortgage, utilities, temporary lodging
    •Vehicle expenses, car payments, car insurance, registration (only when it is the family's only means of transportation)
    •Airfare to transport a family member to assist a military family during illness or for childbirth
    •Childcare during illness or surgery
    •Phone bills due to urgent overseas calls or medical necessity.
    •Funeral and/or cremation expenses for military children not covered by SGLI.
    •Personal Property Taxes
    •Emergency dental expenses

    We do not cover:
    •Airfare for vacations, R&R or to meet deployed service members in foreign ports
    •Plastic surgery or other non-emergency procedures
    •Immigration assistance
    •Legal fees or bills
    •Credit card payments
    •Cable/Internet bills
    •Tuition and school fees

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