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Tremendous Support for MVAT Foundation at 3rd Annual Napa Valley Event

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MVAT Foundation supporters came together on May 2 at the Alpha Omega Winery in St. Helena, California for the third annual Napa Valley gala benefitting our mission to support carefully vetted charities serving wounded warriors, Veterans, and their families.

The event was the first to be put on by the MVAT Foundation’s newly established Northern California Council (NORCAL). The MVAT Foundation, the NORCAL Council, and the amazing volunteers who helped make the event possible wish to express their gratitude to event patron RIX Industries, and to the benefactors: Douglas and Jane Berl, Ray Brown, Don and Susan Schwarz, Alpha Omega Winery, California Industrial Rubber Co., CEM Corp., GALLINA LLP, Grocery Outlet, and Wells Fargo.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jeremiah Pauley and Crystal Gonzalez at the May 2, 2015 event. Staff Sergeant Pauley, a combat wounded Veteran of the Iraq War, was a featured speaker at last year’s event.


Alex Quade



Acclaimed war reporter and documentarian Alex Quade gave a passionate keynote presentation to the audience of more than 100 attendees on the intrepid American special operations troops she has covered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clips from her lauded documentaries Chinook Down and Horse Soldiers of 9/11 were shown to a rapt audience. Attending the event with her was retired Army Sergeant First Class Joe Jung, a member of the Special Forces detachment that rode horses into combat against the Taliban and al Qaeda in 2001.





Col. Jack Jacobs




Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (ret.) reminded the attendees that America’s Veterans, who through service and sacrifice made a lasting contribution to our society, require an equal measure of compassion and support from the country. The MSNBC military analyst noted that the MVAT Foundation serves as a vehicle for delivering that compassion and support via the carefully vetted Veterans support charities it funds.





Dr. Kent Drescher




Dr. Kent Drescher spoke of the challenges and successes he and his staff have experienced treating Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other post-combat mental health challenges at The Pathway Home, a residential treatment center located in nearby Yountville. Drescher serves as Clinical Director of The Pathway Home, which is supported by the MVAT Foundation.





Terry Moran



Terry Moran, a volunteer leader with the small Sausalito, California based-charity Wooden Boats for Veterans expressed gratitude for an MVAT Foundation grant in 2014. The grant supported the charity’s work to lower depression and suicide rates among the local Veteran population through positive experiences centered on wooden sailboats, including at-sea crewing and vessel restoration. Their other activities for Veterans include providing support and convalescent care to wounded service persons recovering in Bay Area hospitals and rehabilitation centers, supporting internship opportunities for Veterans with wooden boatyards, and funding educational training to Veterans in surveying and operating wooden boats.



The corporate sponsors of our 2015 MVAT Foundation Napa Valley event:

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WellsFargo
RIX
Grocery Outlet
CIR
CEM
Grocery Outlet
Gallina



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Honoring the Fallen, Celebrating Our Veterans and Servicemembers

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Memorial Day is About More Than Picnics and Parades

Americans honor Memorial Day in different ways. For most, the holiday marks the start of summer – a time for picnics, parades, and flying the flag. But for many Americans, Memorial Day is the one single day where they hope that the rest of the country will think about and honor in some way their fallen family members and friends – those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great country.

So, please take some time this holiday weekend to not only commemorate these great Americans but also to embrace the living men and women who served our country – our Veterans and those who wear the uniform today.

All American soldiers, sailors, airmen, coastguardsmen, and Marines with us now or who live on in our collective memory played a part in protecting the liberties and rights that we hold dear. Let us pledge that we will honor them throughout the year.

When you encounter a Veteran or a currently serving member of the U.S. Armed Forces, tell them you appreciate and admire their choice to serve.

Thank you.

This Memorial Day, please show your support with a donation that will enable the MVAT Foundation to serve more Veterans, wounded warriors, and their families!

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MVAT Makes Grants to 13 Veterans Support Charities in 2014

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We are pleased to announce that in 2014 the Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust Foundation (MVAT) dedicated $250,000 for grants to charities that support Veterans.

There are many requirements that charities must meet to receive funding from the MVAT Foundation. Acting as a fiduciary for our donors, the beneficiary selection process is deliberative. MVAT’s Beneficiaries Committee analyzed funding proposals by such criteria as organizational financial health, program efficiencies and outcomes, and good governance practices. Emphasis is placed on smaller organizations where the MVAT grant can make a material difference in that group’s ability to carry out their Veterans support programs.

The committee’s recommendations were presented to the Board of Directors. After discussion and deliberation, the Board voted its approval and is pleased to announce that the following charities received funding in 2014:

Air Compassion for Veterans
The Airpower Foundation’s Snowball Express
The Association of the United States Army Greater Los Angeles Chapter’s Family Programs
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Character Development Program
Gary Sinise Foundation
The Green Beret Foundation
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles’ Habitat for Heroes program
K9s for Warriors
Monterey Bay Veterans
New Directions for Veterans
The Pathway Home
Veterans Transition Center of Monterey
Wooden Boats for Veterans

The 13 charities represent a near even split between California-based groups that serve Veterans and their families in local communities as well as Veterans from across the country, and those located elsewhere in the United States but whose programs have a national impact.

Thank you to all of our contributors who made another great year possible, and we wish all of you a very happy holiday season.

On December 12, MVAT board members Andrew Schwarz and George Wood presented a $10,000 check to Fred Gusman (on right), head of The Pathway Home, so that soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other post-combat mental health challenges, receive treatment at The Pathway Home's residential facility on the grounds of the California Veteran’s Home in Yountville, California.

On December 12, MVAT board members Andrew Schwarz and George Wood presented a $10,000 check to Fred Gusman (on right), head of The Pathway Home, so that soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other post-combat mental health challenges, receive treatment at The Pathway Home’s residential facility on the grounds of the California Veteran’s Home in Yountville, California.

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