Military Personnel

Camp Hope is a retreat for military Veterans wounded in the War on Terror. Nestled on the grounds of Chris Neal Farm, a 250-acre sanctuary in southeast Missouri, and with an additional 1250 acre access, Camp Hope now has 1500 acres to use for their vision. William “Mike” White and his wife, Galia, created Camp Hope as a tribute to their son, Christopher, who was killed fighting for our country in Iraq. The mission of Camp Hope is to honor the fallen by helping the wounded.


Camp Hope offers beautiful rolling hills and hardwood ridges, perfect for hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and exploring. During turkey and deer hunting season, Camp Hope’s Chris Neal Farm offers combat-wounded Veterans free hunting trips and lodging in ADA-approved, handicapped accessible cabins.

With 100 years’ experience of Veterans serving Veterans, engaging the Community to solve veterans issues, the American Legion’s goal is to solve the outrageous epidemic of 22 Veterans dying everyday due to suicide and Post Traumatic Stress by engaging our communities while bringing the nation together for a common good.

Challenge 22 - Suicide Awareness and Prevention

The Goals for this event: •, Bring 2,000 to 4,000 West Orange county families together for a day of fun (music, food, beer, entertainment, walk) while raising awareness to this serious problem. •, Raise $40,000 to $50,000 thru donations, sponsorships and event revenue to cover event expenses (keep these as low as possible), while donating the balance to the American Legion’s 501c3 called PROJECT: VetRelief and other local Veteran serving non-profits. •, Have Winter Garden FL become the model for the rest of the nation in how to engage a community into a serious Veteran issue.

The DAV Charitable Service Trust is recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was set up in 1986 primarily to facilitate fundraising opportunities through employee workplace giving campaigns. Specifically, to meet the requirements of donors who wish to contribute to DAV through special giving arrangements, such as payroll deduction workplace giving campaigns, corporate matching gift programs, and charitable gift annuities. A significant portion of the Trust’s contributions come through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), our government's employee giving program. Through these generous gifts, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is able to support programs ensuring quality health care for veterans and research initiatives for veterans with amputations, spinal cord injuries, and more; provide assistance to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and substance abuse issues; and launch initiatives for evaluating and addressing the needs of veterans from each era of conflict.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust

"The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Charitable Service Trust is dedicated to one, single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. To carry out this responsibility, the Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs; enhances research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries; benefits aging veterans; aids and shelters homeless veterans; evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts and their caregivers."

Fisher House Foundation is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need.

Fisher House Foundation, Inc.

Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes" built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. Through our network of Fisher Houses and Hero Miles program, we look to unite families during a loved one's hospitalization because we truly believe a family's love is good medicine.

"Supporting America's deployed military service members, to ensure they are not forgotten" Forgotten Soldiers Outreach is a nationally recognized organization receiving support from all over the country. We send out monthly “We Care” packages to our United States deployed military, who have been registered by family members, friends, commanding officers or themselves. Families that cannot afford to send care packages can be assured that their loved ones serving abroad will be receiving much needed items to remind them of home.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

The fact remains that deployments continue all over the world, and our list continues to grow. Now more than ever, our men and women serving in the military can use that extra morale boost that is received through our “We Care” packages. Since our inception, Forgotten Soldiers Outreach has benefited over 40,000 of our deployed military throughout the world and in all branches of the military. Receiving a care package boosts moral and provides encouragement to our dedicated military service members. ”All things considered, every stage of war brings new tasks and opportunities for soldiers to do great things and continuously serve our wonderful nation with honor and pride. My job entails helping soldiers maintain their moral compass and keeping their morale high. Your thoughtful gifts have truly helped us continue to fulfill our mission here with renewed effort and focus. “ Chaplain David Craig, 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion .

Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans by providing therapeutic marine related experiences on the waters of South Florida.

Freedom Waters Foundation

Our objectives and goals are to provide marine-based, social, environmental programs for unique individuals, their families and friends through direct service and community partnerships, to work collaboratively in this effort with the boating public, marine industry and philanthropic resources, to offer opportunities that result in feelings of independence, self-worth and accomplishment, and to build a greater sense of community through understanding and tolerance through sharing individual uniqueness.

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families in the Tri-County areas of California's Gold Coast. We accomplish this by developing new programs and services as well as enhancing existing ones for our veteran population.

Gold Coast Veterans Foundation

We provide support and funding for the Ventura County Veterans Home, campus Veterans Resource Centers (such as at Cal State University), Channel Islands, Veterans Programs such as Monty Roberts and Reins of H.O.P.E., veteran memorials (such as funding the flag poles for the Ventura County Veterans Memorial.) We also support veterans events, such as the Military Expo at the Naval Base Ventura County and the Reception for the Ventura County Stand Down. In addition, our advocacy was instrumental in establishing our Veterans Court in Ventura County. This Court is a forward-thinking program that gives our current warriors who have difficulty transitioning back into society an opportunity to be reintegrated rather than incarcerated.

Healing4Heroes is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to assisting those who have courageously served our country lead healthy, productive lives.

Healing 4 Heroes

Our objective is to connect wounded/disabled service members, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, with A.D.A. compliant service dogs. Both the life of the soldier and of the service dog will be enhanced by the presence of the other.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Post 9/11 Veterans.

Homes for Our Troops

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. We don’t just support veterans, we empower them! IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy, and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.

Our mission is to provide employment referral and job placement solutions to military spouses, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded, and to veterans and transitioning military through MSCCN's Vet Connect Jobs program, at no cost to them.

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network

MSCCN Team Members are military-affiliated and understand the military lifestyle. We work with military family centers, applicants, and employers, and use a variety of methods for outreach. Contact is through referrals, military family centers, virtual and on-installation workshops, articles and publications, and an informative website with an applicant tracking system. MSCCN delivers employment readiness seminars available on military installations and online. We also host virtual job fairs to introduce applicants to employment partners.

Military with PTSD's mission is to improve and protect the lives of people living with PTSD, which includes both veterans and all family members.

Military With PTSD INC.

Military with PTSD offers both peer support and peer education through connection to others who really do understand and can relate.

In September of 2007, a week before my daughter’s second birthday, I left my wife and 2 kids to deploy to Iraq. I was scheduled to be deployed for 15 months. This started one of the most difficult and challenging times in my life. I saw many things in Iraq that I never expected to see and needless to say, it wasn’t easy coming home. The initial relief at no longer being in a combat zone was nice, but it’s difficult to stop the automatic reactions and super-vigilance all soldiers experience when returning from war. Plus the memories of what you saw are always close to the surface. I, like many of my brothers and sister in arms, suffer from PTSD. It’s been 9 years since I returned home from the war zone and my struggle is still difficult everyday. In the Fall of 2016, my counselor at the local Vet Center invited me to participate in the first glass blowing Class for veterans offered by Joel & Logan Ryser of Hot Glass in Davenport, IA. In that first class, 6 veterans (including myself) were given free glass blowing training at no charge. For 3 weeks, we met twice a week for a couple of hours and every one of us would walk away with a glass blown art piece. We were able to make paperweights, glass flowers, vases, cups, bowls and glass pumpkins. We learned that glass blowing is a team activity and great therapy for veterans who are used to the team camaraderie of a combat unit. By sculpting and molding the hot glass, your daily troubles slip away and you are able to produce something beautiful and creative, while helping the rest of your battle buddies do the same. Once the classes were over, Joel always invited us “trained” vets to come back and help blow glass at any time. This helped us keep up the camaraderie and stress relief each of us had found by attending those classes. In addition, we were able to help other veterans in the future classes discover this art form. In July, my family and I moved to Orlando, FL. As I have been here for a few months, I have met several veterans and can see that a similar program here in Florida would be a huge benefit. I also want to open up the classes to Fire, Police and EMS professionals who deal with similar stressful situations on a regular basis. So I have started a non-profit organization called Operation Hot Glass Heroes. I am in the process of raising money to buy the equipment and supplies so that I can hold classes at no charge to our veterans and Fire/Police/EMS professionals. These individuals have given so much to us and I want to be able to offer another solution to help them handle the stress that they have had to endure to keep us safe.

Operation Hot Glass Heroes

To raise money to buy glassblowing equipment and supplies. This will help us hold glassblowing classes free of charge for military veteran suffering from PTSD.

Our Military KidsInc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides grants to children 5 years of age through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel and children of all Wounded Warriors.

Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserve personnel, as well as to the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants pay for participation in activities (sports, fine arts, camps) and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury.

The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training, and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal.

Pets for Vets Inc.

Your support helps us match a rescued companion dog (or pet) with an American veteran who would benefit from having a companion. In accomplishing this mission, we do not want to create an additional burden on the veteran; with each dog/veteran match we provide all of the necessary equipment for them to start their new life together. In addition, the pet will be healthy and up to date on all vaccinations. Your donation helps to ensure they have everything they need.

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.

Puppies Behind Bars

PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American Veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes.

Support Homeless Veterans

Our supported housing program combines holistic care with classical military camaraderie to join Veterans together as a family. Motivated and supported, SHV provides opportunities for Veterans to become part of a philosophy to support disadvantaged veterans and prevent homelessness for future generations.

The Meditation Initiative provides free meditation classes and training for children, adults, and seniors to help prevent stress and anxiety, improve focus and attention, and share tools for anger management while improving overall mental and emotional health and well-being.

The Meditation Initiative

We offer free meditation classes for K-12 Public Schools, Colleges, Hospitals, Prisons, Diabetes Patients, HIV Patients, Corporations, Senior Centers, Homeless Teens, Superior Court of CA, Sober Living Homes, United States Military, Wounded Warriors, At-Risk Youth, and Group Homes for Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.

United Soldiers and Sailors of America, Inc's mission is to provide combat wounded service members/veterans and their families with the essentials for daily life: food, shelter, utilities, toiletries, and more.

United Soldiers and Sailors of America, Inc.

USASOA provides critically needed essentials for daily living to our combat wounded service members and their families who, for one reason or another, have lost or are in jeopardy of losing access to food, shelter, utilities and toiletries. No one in our organization receives a pay check or is in anyway compensated for their work. This allows USASOA to ensure that 80 to 85 percent of donations made to USASOA from the general public directly impacts the quality of life for our heroes and their families in need.

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country, throughout their service to the nation.


The USO is the only non-profit organization that is by the side of service members throughout their entire journey of service, from the moment they join, while in recovery and as they transition back to their communities. For nearly 75 years, the USO has been committed to keeping deployed troops connected to home, bringing laughter and a much-needed break to troops and their families around the world as well as providing critical programs and services for our troops in transition, wounded, ill, and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen.

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate for, feed, and house local Veterans.

Veterans Never Forgotten, Inc.

As a community, we can no longer wait for someone else to fulfill our responsibility to care for the people who risked their lives in war when they return. It is up to us to make certain that no Veteran is ever forgotten.

Our Mission is to Merge Veterans, Active Duty Military, Military Spouses and HealthCare Advocates with the elderly in a mutually beneficial way to fill gaps in resources, specifically, those who cannot afford private duty companionship and healthcare advocacy.

Vets for Elders

Our goal is to solidify service to as many low income seniors as possible.

Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

Wounded Warriors

WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.