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 Veterans Support Groups
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.
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More