October 19, 2012
I have volunteered for two house builds here in Florida and got to meet the vets who are on the receiving end of these homes. At the recent Beimfohr build in Tampa, Sgt Austin Burchard gave a speech (written by his wife!) on what it meant for him to have this specially adapted house, with a roll in shower with a special drain so he could empty his colostomy bag. Yes he said it, but it's so true and it gives him the independence to take care of his needs as much as possible. I wish they had recorded that speech because it really brought home what this organization is working for. There are lots of veterans charities, the Charity Watch report lists 48 nonprofit organizations that provide veteran support. Of the 48 there are only 10 “A” grades, HFOT is one of the As. There are approximately 22 “F” grades, which is the lowest score. So use the Charity rating sites and KNOW where your money is going!!! That this charity is run by a former CSM of the Army, lends it incredible 'street cred'. My wife and I are now trying to organize a bike run to help raise funds in Florida.
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