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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Help Heal Veterans’, formerly Help Hospitalized Veterans, primary mission is to enrich the lives of veterans and military personnel. Healing arts and crafts provide a therapeutic experience for all veterans including those who are hospitalized, in shelters, in convalescent homes and those undergoing therapy for a wide range of physical and mental challenges. Many veterans experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which increase the risk for depression, physical injuries, substance abuse and sleep problems. The kits, provided free of charge to the veteran, become a part of the patient’s treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. They improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity as well as decrease the severity of PTSD/TBI triggers including anxiety, memories, sadness and frustration. We work to involve the public in meeting this mission through a broad education outreach program, HHV's therapeutic programs provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations or other nonprofit organizations to help wounded or disabled veterans, military patients and their families rebuild their lives.

Results: For more than 44 years, Help Heal Veterans has cared for America’s heroes, helping them heal. To date, more than 29 million arts and crafts kits have been given, free of charge, to military service members and U.S. veterans, assisting in their recovery from just about every type of injury. From recuperating active duty service members with wartime injuries, to older veterans coping with illnesses that come with aging, Help Heal Veterans has been there with them as they travel the road to recovery. Arts and crafts provide therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits to patients recuperating from injuries such as amputations, shrapnel wounds, paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. Help Heal Veterans' arts and crafts also provide therapy for veterans suffering from memory loss, stroke or extremity weakness. As projects are completed, they instill a sense of accomplishment, improve self‐esteem, and sometimes even demonstrate unrecognized artistic talents.

Target demographics: veteran and active duty military service members

Direct beneficiaries per year: On average 43,811 individual craft kits were distributed each month. Arts and crafts kits were sent to veterans and active duty military recipients in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and Guam. Kits were also sent to veterans and military service members stationed in Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, Canada, and forward to deployed U.S. Navy warships.

Geographic areas served: communities throughout the United States

Programs: Therapeutic materials: see schedule o

veteran assistance and awareness: see schedule o

craft care specialists: see schedule o

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I receive money from more charities - approximately $10 a week in checks, cash and coin. From this charity, I receive a $2 bill about once a month - it clearly shows through the envelope. My husband and I each get separately at least a check for $2.50 every other week. I did not believe it was or could be real, but it was and I cashed it and sent the money to a charity I could trust. To date, I have 35 calendars for 2016. none of which I requested, yet the charities send me a follow up asking for payment. We donate quite a bit of money to a number of charities every year - while this is one of the worst, there are so many out there that spend on gifts, no one wants. Not only do we receive calendars, money, labels, gift cards, wrapping paper, labels, blankets, bumper stickers, calculators, date books, pens, notepads, etc. I am so tired of getting "stuff" from charities and have begin to eliminate those charities that can afford to send these gifts from my donation list. I think the charities that take advantage of Americans wanting to support our injured vets is deplorable and they should serve jail time - or better yet - send them to war, instead of all the young men whose lives are taken.



Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I am a volunteer at our local VA Hospital and passed out craft kits from HHV. Our patients enjoyed them and they were high quality. THEN! We were informed by management we would no longer be receiving the kits nor would other VA Hospitals as there was fraudulent activity taking place at higher levels. (I have also given to them personally in the past. ) Shame on them! They have hurt the vets who relied on them to help pass the long hours of confinement in hospital. You may be sure I shall never donate to them again, yet I keep receiving solicitations. I just tear them up.