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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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Veterans Day is a Call to Action

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Today, November 11, 2014, is Veterans Day. And all of November is Warrior Care Month. These occasions are not simply pages on the calendar – they are calls to action.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as of December 2012, more than 900,000 service men and women have been treated at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics since returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. And from 2001-2014, more than 117,000 cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in service members were diagnosed. The monthly influx of new patients at the end of 2012 was approximately 10,000. In all likelihood, this means that more than one million Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for wounds sustained in the course of their service.

These painful statistics should motivate Americans to act on behalf of these heroes, recognizing the sacrifices they have made in service to us with more than platitudes.

There are many ways you can make a difference in the life of a Veteran, a wounded warrior, and their families. And let us never forget the families of our fallen heroes. Here are some of the many ways you can help:

• Let your Congressional representatives know that legislation supporting benefits and services for Veterans and their families is important to you.
• Volunteer to assist a local charity serving the needs of Veterans in your community, or even better, get involved and take on a role in their operations.
• Make a contribution to one or more efficient and effective charities serving Veterans and their families.
• And when you see a Vet, thank her or him for their service. It may not seem like a lot, but it matters. Recognize their service and sacrifice on Veterans Day and every day.

Thank you.

 

There are hundreds of American charitable organizations with a mission to serve Veterans, wounded warriors, and their families. The MVAT Foundation acts as a fiduciary, investigating and selecting the most effective and efficient charities to receive grants for their programs. Consider a gift to the MVAT Foundation and … Make a Difference in the Life of a Veteran.

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The 2014 Golf & Tennis Classic Tournament Was Biggest Ever

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A big “Thank You!” to all of the participants and sponsors of the 8th Annual MVAT Foundation Golf & Tennis Classic. You helped make it the biggest and most successful event yet and together we made a difference in the lives of so many of America’s wounded warriors, Veterans, and their families.

Held on August 18, 2014 at Los Angeles’ MountainGate Country Club, the Classic opened with our now traditional presentation of the colors by an Armed Forces Color Guard and the singing of the national anthem by Steve Amerson, known as America’s Tenor. After brief welcome addresses from several dignitaries and a recognition of the group of Wounded Warriors participating in the golf tournament, a line of more than 100 golf carts paraded past five recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, who honored the MVAT Foundation that day with their presence.

More than 200 golfers and 30 tennis players enjoyed sunny skies and abundant hospitality as they joined together to raise funds that will be used by the Foundation to provide grants to select charities supporting wounded warriors, Veterans, and their families.

After a post play reception and silent auction that featured a patriotic flyover by the Condor Squadron, a tribute organization flying WWII-period AT-6 airplanes, more than 400 participants and guests enjoyed an impressive awards dinner under the stars. Addressing the audience that evening were representatives from several of the charitable organizations that funded by the MVAT Foundation.

The first living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War was the night’s keynote speaker. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta gave an inspiring talk about his experiences on and off the battlefield. Near the end of his address, he called up to the stage two of his fellow soldiers who fought with him in the same combat action for which he was awarded the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor. Sergeant Giunta recognized them not just for what they went through together that day in Afghanistan, but also for what it meant to serve with – and be responsible for – such exemplary people. A lively question and answer session followed. The three soldiers had also participated in the golf tournament and were quite popular during the pre-dinner reception. These were special opportunities MVAT Foundation supporters to make a personal connection with three of America’s bravest warriors.

The MVAT Foundation cannot thank you enough for continued support. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of our Veterans, wounded warriors, and their families.

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