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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I am a veteran and got released from the Veterans Hospital Loma Linda after being admitted for 6 months due to surgery complications. During that time I have tried your kits and found most to be helpful in getting my mobility in my hands, fingers and wrist. It also helped with my coordination and gaining confidence that I can get better. My kit of choice was your leather work. my least favorite was the wood pen craft kit. I found working the bolt press very difficult due to poor design in achieving the right compression and keeping the pen aligned. I made the slim line type pen and the 30cal bolt action. Both were equally difficult in keeping alignment during compression of the parts.
I may suggest that you consult the "International Association of Pen Makers" for design consultation.
Thanks for you help in my recovery.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse who works for a VA facility. HHV is an organization that actually provides a product for our patients- craft kits mostly. I feel there must be a disconnect between the Administration (especially the immoral criminal Roger Chapin) and the people who actually provide the service that HHV says it does. Somewhat perplexing, but I know that our patients enjoy being able to get free craft kits to occupy their time and help them heal. I support HHV, but hope to God they have gotten rid of the scum that steal the money we give for their own use!

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