MVAT (Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust) was founded in 2007 by several members of the Mountain Gate Country Club, Los Angeles, California, who strongly believe that our service members and veterans need greater support than they receive from current underfunded programs.Read More
Our Mission is to Raise Awareness of, and Funds for, Military and Veteran’s Support Groups
The Los Angeles-based non-profit MVAT (Military and Veterans Appreciation Trust) Foundation today announced Heroes Linked, a new web-based initiative that will host a community of experts and mentors to provide advice and guidance to active-duty and transitioning troops, as well as to reservists and veterans of all ranks.
MVAT Chairman Don Schwarz said, “Since 2001, 2.5 million men and women have bravely served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have more than 850,000 people in the seven reserve components and over 22 million veterans. Heroes Linked will allow us to directly assist these men and women in a meaningful and effective manner. It is a great complement to our ongoing work raising funds to support the needs of the military and veterans communities and their families.”
Since 2007, MVAT has held an annual charity golf and tennis tournament at the MountainGate Country Club (Los Angeles) to raise funds to be distributed to non-profit organizations that support wounded warriors, their families, and the community of veterans. To date, MVAT has distributed more than $1.2 million to such groups as the Green Beret Foundation, the Navy SEAL Foundation, New Directions, Snowball Express, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Airpower Foundation and Air Compassion for Veterans.
Heroes Linked will feature a web-based community of mentors providing, at no cost, guidance to American troops, reservists, and veterans. Through Heroes Linked, military personnel will be able to access a unique network of mentors from all walks of life, including but not limited to business leaders, human resources executives, entrepreneurs, retired senior military officers and non-profit executives.
Heroes Linked will become active in the third quarter of 2014.
“MVAT’s commitment to the welfare of American service members and their families will see a greater impact through the Heroes Linked project,” Schwarz said.
More information about MVAT can be found at www.mvat.org.
Below, MVAT Chairman Don Schwarz presenting a check as the Title Sponsor during a fundraising event for AUSA.
For more information on the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the AUSA, visit their website at: www.ausaglac.orgRead More
MountainGate Country Club once again hosted the 7th Annual MVAT Golf and Tennis Classic on August 12th, 2013. This year was another rousing success with over 160 golfers participating on all three nines and over 50 tennis players filling the courts to near capacity. Tournament participants were treated to a fun day honoring our nation’s greatest citizens, our military veterans, and their families. The event raised over $300K total.
Following the conclusion of a fun day on the courts and the links, guests were treated to an evening program featuring wonderful live music, interesting speakers, and an exciting grand prize raffle drawing for an all expenses paid trip to Australia. Representatives from The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, The Gary Sinise Foundation, New Directions, and Air Compassion for Veterans were all on hand to talk about the difference that the funds from The MVAT Foundation have made in their organizations and in the lives of the people they serve. In addition, numerous Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, our nation’s highest military honor, were on hand for the event, along with several wounded warriors, two foursomes of LAPD officers that had served in the military, and many other VIPs.
Thank you to everyone for your generous support of our annual event. Once again, we topped the previous year’s revenue and net totals.
We received grant requests from over 100 different organizations. The selection process was very difficult, as most all were very worthy of support. After tough consideration, the Foundation will award a total of $230,000 to thirteen different groups.
Here’s a list of where your funds are going:
• Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, earmarked for the Character Development Program
• Veteran’s Transition Center of Monterey County
• Fairleigh Dickinson University for their Veterans Launching Ventures initiative.
• The Gary Sinise Foundation
• Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Greater Los Angeles Chapter for their Family Programs
• Wounded Warrior Project
• New Directions
• Pathway Home
• Coming Home Project
• K9s for Warriors
• SnowBall Express
• MACV (Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans) for their homeless veterans housing initiative (where RBC is headquartered)
• Mercy Medical Airlift/Air Compassion for Veterans
As you can see, this is a wide list geographically, as well as by need. Very much thought and research went into compiling this list and narrowing down the 100+ grant requests.
You will hear more about these organizations during the year, but we wanted to share with you the decisions of the board. Thank you again. You truly made a difference!Read More